A few days ago I discovered in a travel program a place that I found fascinating and that since then has been part of my list of places that I want to visit at least once in my life. Its about Lake atitlán, which is in Guatemala and that it is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, thanks in part to being in the crater of a large volcanic mountain that exploded more than 80,000 years ago.
In your environment you will also enjoy three volcanoes such as El Toliman, Atilan and San Pedro, which reach almost 3,400 meters in height. These volcanoes joined at Cerro Chicul, which has a height of more than 2,400 meters. In its landscape you can enjoy natural wonders such as mountains, rural routes or beaches, as well as several totally charming villages that are worth visiting. A true natural paradise that I do not know what it will be like in person since I have not visited it, but of course through television it has left me totally "in love".
In the towns that are in the vicinity of Lake Atitlán you will find a great variety of culture, including several indigenous markets where you can get different artisan products, paintings, texitles products, etc. The most important town is probably San Francisco Panajachel, which is a settlement from the Kakchiquel culture and which was founded on the banks of the Panajachel River.
Santiago de Atitlán It is another of the charming towns that you should visit. There you will find several carved wooden sculptures in honor of Máximon, whom the Mayans adored. Offerings were brought to him from all over the region as it was said that he could get anything you asked for. It is the town with the largest Mayan presence in the entire area.
Kara Sun birding in Guatemala, Part 1 - Lake Atitlan (May 2021)