We arrive at Lake Atitlan after dark and in the middle of a rain shower. Anticipation grows as we board our boat and surge across the lake to our hotel. A warm welcome awaits us at Casa Palopo Atitlan and we settle into our rooms without having seen the lake.
Morning changes all that. The sun rises before me and when I look out the window it is to a beautiful vista of a striking blue lake, towered over by three volcanoes. Lake Atitlan was formed 84,000 years ago when a volcano caused the caldera which then filled with water. It is the deepest lake in Central America at 1,120ft (340 metres).
Our hotel is high on the lake shore and offers luxurious accommodations together with a 180 degree view of Guatemala’s most important natural attraction. And as you face west, you are treated to a magical sunset.