Adios Lago de Atitlan. Our first stop in Guatemala has been a good one. We’ve been here a month, and the time has really zoomed by (as it usually does when traveling). Lago de Atitlan, located in the Guatemalan highlands of Sololá, Guatemala, is absolutely beautiful. Descending from surrounding altitudes of over 10,000 feet, the lake itself sits at 5,200 feet. Three large volcanoes dominate the twelve small villages surrounding the lakeshore, each village sports its own unique Maya dialect, culture and personality. We spent our first two weeks in Panajachel, and our last three weeks in San Marcos de Laguna (perhaps the prettiest and the quirkiest of the twelve villages). On tuesday we will depart San Marcos for Panajachel by small boat (the trip across the lake takes about an hour), we anticipate a two night stay in Pana, leaving thursday morning by shuttle for Antigua. Most folks we’ve queried love Antigua, but a few have complained that it’s too “touristy.” I guess we’ll just have to make up our own minds about that. Depending on what we decide, we anticipate a visit of one week to possibly a month. After that it’s on to El Salvador or southern Belize. Reports are that El Salvador is still a little sketchy, and doesn’t really have much in the way of sights to attract the traveler/tourist. We’ll make our final decision later, but at this point I think it will be southern Belize. If you’re interested in learning more about Lago de Atitlan, Panajachel and San Marcos de Laguna take a look at my previous posts on this blog.