We humans love to sit in reverie of the natural beauty that surrounds us. Those special and unique places that seem untouched, unscathed, and permeated full of scents, textures and photogenic views.
Lake Atitlan, settled in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, is a glistening example of this.
The Lake is the result of an impressive volcanic caldera, formed as a result of an underground volcanic eruption that created somewhat of a sinkhole, eventually filled with freshwater. It is surrounded by three Volcanoes, forests, coffee plantations, and dotted with small villages steeped in history.
Spanish is actually the second language, and there are many different Mayan dialects, with Tz’utujil and Kaqchikel families making up a large portion of the demographic.
The lake is sustenance to many people – in the form of drinking water, hygiene, agriculture, fishing and economy from tourism. It is a geographical testament to the magnificence of Earth and Fire merging forces.
It is a one-of-a-kind piece of beauty.
Pulling up Lake Atitlan on Google images will flood you with breathtaking panoramic photos of deep blue, shimmering waters, surrounded by towering, tree-lined volcanoes and pristine clear skies.
To some, this looks like heaven on Earth.
And surely it could be…
If it lasts that long.
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