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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

About 31 miles northwest of Antigua, in the highlands of Guatemala and surrounded by three large volcanoes, you will find one of the most beautiful lakes in the world; Lake Atitlán.

Due to a huge explosion 85,000 years ago, the huge crater which was left behind filled up with fresh water flowing out of several clefts and created besides one of the world's most beautiful, also one of the world's deepest lakes.

The lake measures in at a depth of over 1115 feet and since 1955 the area around Lake Atitlán has been declared a national park.

The climate here is very agreeable all year around. There is a rainy season which usually occurs during the months of May to October, but even then there is more than enough sunshine. You will be able to enjoy plenty of the Mayan culture in the many villages around the lake, as well as several archaeological sites.

You will also come across many coffee plantations, abundance in animal life, a wide variety of plant species, and gorgeous views everywhere you look. What you will not find is a road circling the lake. Most villages can only be reached by boat or roads from the mountains.

Transport services quickly shuttle you between Panajachel and Antigua where there are hotels, Bed & Breakfast accommodations, bungalows, villas, and guest houses available all around the lake. So are things to do in and around the lake.

I will dive a little deeper into those soon!

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