La Democracia / Tale of Two Towns
At this city's town square, there are sculptures and other artifacts from Olmec and Pipil cultures. A dozen Olmec sculptures of human figures with tremendous pot bellies gripped by short arms and baby faces. Guatemala has the oldest recorded Stela of the Olmec civilization dating to 235 BC.
Depart from terminal in AC bus, and enjoy the Guatemalan landscape of cattle ranches, sugar cane plantations and the volcanoes all around. We will stop for picture taken along the way. Once at La Democracia, we will visit the ruins site along with Las Illusiones Museum, to see the display of sculptures and ceramics from the Bilbao archeological site, occupied by the Pipil peoples.
After the ruins visit, we will go to one of the area’s restaurant for lunch and right after we will drive to Puerto Iztapa's village to tour the area. If time permits, we drive by the Bridge of the Sunken Ships, the Mangroves Channel, the Shrimp Farms, the Tortilla Making Stop, the Shark Processing Plant and the Civic Center of the Puerto Iztapa village; there we will see the town square, the police station, Fire department, see the people in their daily activities and learn about the several trees of the area, before returning to the terminal.
Eruptions from the volcanoes surrounding LAKE ATITLAN sealed the lake's
river outlet and today its waters drain through underground seepage
into rivers leading to the Pacific Coast.