Lake Atitlán, Guatemala: how a village became an artwork

An ambitious painting project designed to boost tourism and community spirit launches in lakeside Santa Catarina Palopó

Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán is famed for its striking scenery: cobalt-blue waters fringed with dramatic volcanic cones and scattered Mayan villages. And now the site is about to add a rather different attraction to its shores. The lakeside community of Santa Catarina Palopó is embarking on an ambitious project to turn itself into a monumental piece of artwork, with a view to generating an alternative source of tourism income for locals.

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