Travel Diary : Lago Atitlán

This past weekend I took my second trip to Lago Atitlán.  A dreamy lake in the middle of Guatemala, surrounded by 3 towering Volcanoes. The weather was beyond ideal, the previous time I was at the lake, the weather was rainy and foggy and I couldn’t see any of the volcanoes or mountains. I am so grateful that this weekend I was able to see the rare beauty of the lake. The blue sky reflecting off the turquoise hued lake with cascading mountains and volcanoes in the backdrop, was truly magical! The sky was so clear that I could see the details of the volcanoes, it reminded me a lot of the lush green mountain ranges in Hawaii.

The transportation to get from village to village around the lake is via boat or “lanchas.” This is how the locals even get around, the boat rides are an adventure in itself! If your are lucky, it can just be a couple people in a boat other times the capacity has been over at least 10 people and the boat is so low to the water that you get splashed the whole way! Many indigenous Mayan people live at the lake so it is truly an experience sharing a boat with all of them, admiring their indigenous garments and hearing them speak the local Mayan dialect language.

Typically when you are headed to lake, you will get dropped off in Panajachel, which is basically the jump off point to all the different villages via ‘las lanchas.’ Panajachel also has amazing markets full of items handcrafted by local artisans. For this particular trip I went to ‘Santa Cruz La Laguna.’ This is a pretty small village with only a handful of hotels and restaurants. The landscape was very tropical, I felt very at home.

To get to my hotel, ‘Isla Verde’ I had to walk on a make shift rickety dock comprised off only 2x4s, for about a half mile after getting dropped off at the main dock. I was a little nervous at first, trucking along with bags and cameras in tow, trying not to slip into the lake! Wow was the walk worth it, Isla Verde is a tropical paradise.  A small restaurant hangs over the lake and there is an outdoor sitting area to take in the beauty of Lago Atitlán. Isla Verde entails a lot of uphill walking to a yoga studio with a all glass windows looking over the lake and cabinas scattered throughout on the side of the mountain, with the best view in town. I highly recommend staying here for anyone who is looking for the perfect place to disconnect, laze, and enjoy the beauty of Lago Atitlán and Santa Cruz La Laguna. Lago Atitlán is an ideal place to reconnect with nature, clear your mind and get your Namaste on!

DSC_1485

DSC_1482

DSC_1487

photo 1

DSC_1507

DSC_1508

DSC_1517

DSC_1521

DSC_1515

DSC_1527

DSC_1533

DSC_1532

DSC_1536

DSC_1535

DSC_1545

DSC_1546

DSC_1571

DSC_1568

DSC_1566

DSC_1573

DSC_1579

photo 5 copy 3

photo 5 copy 2

photo 3 copy 3

photo 2 copy 3

DSC_1581

DSC_1582

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

photo 1 copy

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

photo 3

photo 4

photo 5

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Panajachel

photo 3 copy 2

DSC_1586weekender

DSC_1585weekender

DSC_1490

DSC_1488

 

tumblr_n3otssffox1s6d89to1_1280

tumblr_n3orgiSl0b1s6d89to2_500

tumblr_n3orgiSl0b1s6d89to1_500

tumblr_n3orgiSl0b1s6d89to3_500

sign

 

Advertisements

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Free People Blog

BLDG25 Blog at Free People

%d bloggers like this: