Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Most Beautiful Lake in the World

Or at least that's what Aldous Huxley said after he visited Lake Atitlan.  To quote: "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."  Well, it really is that beautiful.  We spent the weekend in La Casa del Mundo, a lovely hotel perched on the side of the lake.  The lake is surrounded by three volcanos - in fact, it's believed to be the caldera of a volcano that erupted a long, long time ago.  We walked along the cliff to the next village (most transportation from village to village is by water taxi), talked to villagers setting up for a fiesta, met a lovely friend-of-friends who now lives there (and met, through her, some of the expat community), kayaked in the early morning - but mostly just sat and looked at the lake.  Here are some photos which definitely don't do it justice.

Hanging out with the expats

A wood-fired hot tub!

Carrying a basket of tomatoes - good posture required.

Sunrise on the lake


  1. Beautiful photos. I looks like you are having all sorts of wonderful experiences. Love the photo of the woman with the basket on her head. Take care...

  2. I recognize those balconies. I know where you've been!! Did you love it? Casa del Mundo was our very last stop in Guatemala. Even Mia got to spend the night and swim all day!! I hope you are enjoying every minute of this adventure!

  3. I see Jack was having a beverage at the cafe. Can you say otra cerveza, por favor. I hope you were off duty.
    Looking out of your room at the Lake and Volcano - biutiful.