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Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Atitlán | photo by: Guillermo Ramírez, Xela, Guatemala

English writer Aldus Huxley, famed author of classic novel Brave New World, once visited Guatemala and upon traversing the highlands discovered for himself Lake Atitlán. In his own words, drawing comparison to Italy’s Lake Como, he stated:

Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.

Arrestingly deep and blue, an enormous caldera lays shape to the shoreline within an endoheic basin. This geolocical formation, framed by ten thousand foot conical sprouts of the stratovolcanoes Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro, provides visitors with breathtaking panoramas. Lakeside communities rich in amalgamated heritage speckle the shoreline, with some locations accessible only by boat. Today’s culture, an anomalous product of Maya and Catholicism, was founded in vis-à-vis’ encounter with Dutch and Spanish conquistadors. Many unique, enlightening and serene options are available here for the world traveler, allowing one to secure both a stimulating and relaxing experience in the presence of this natural wonder.

Atitlán Village | photo by: Pedro Szekely

by: Jason Z. Guest