The rumors are true: Lake Atitlán is stunning. It’s been a peaceful, relaxing retreat for a week of writing and reading, and I may even have snuck a high-altitude dive or two in as well. Those following along on Instagram know I split my eight nights here between the lakeside villages of Santa Cruz, San Pedro, and San Marcos.
This week I kind of reached a turning point in this trip where I looked ahead and really started to plot out the final moves that will bring me all the way back to the US in early May (see the rough outline of my 2015 plans here!). As of yesterday, I’m two weeks into my time in Guatemala with two more to go before I meet my family in Belize — one of the most highly anticipated moments of this entire trip! Once I see them off, I have just a few weeks before I need to get myself to La Ceiba, Honduras, where I can catch a direct flight to Grand Cayman. I still have some flights to book and final decisions to make, but it’s kind of crazy to think how quickly it’s going by.
This week is mostly going to be a work one for me, with a fun reunion with my Guatemala City-based friends next weekend to look forward to! For now, here’s a preview of what I got up to over the last one.
Welcome to Lake Atitlán
Walking the Santa Cruz shoreline
A first: a toilet appearing in Photo of the Week
Better not get sick of volcano views
Signs from a now-underwater restaurant in San Pedro
Diving in Lake Atitlán
Which photo is your favorite?
C, with F as my runner-up. Awesome that you went diving there!
It was cooooold! Can’t wait to share more.
Photo A! It looks like such a serene spot.
Santa Cruz was definitely my favorite of the lakeside villages, for views like this one!
Love A! Are those for anyone to use, or part of a hotel? Either way, that photo makes me want to be there!
I believe it was part of Casa Rosa, which was next door to Iguana Perdida where I stayed. Gorgeous to stroll past!
makes me want to be jump into that lake right away
Other than diving, I actually never did! A little too chilly for my tastes 🙂
Photo C! I am in love with the bright colours and narrative of the image!
It was one of the coolest murals I’ve ever seen… and I loved the location 🙂
My favorite is Picture B! I love the close up of the plant!
Thanks Melanie! I’m always drawn to patterns like that.
Photo D – I miss that view!
Definitely doesn’t get old!
Great week for photos!
I have to go with A, it just looks like it should be a tourism ad!
It almost didn’t seem real to my eyes. So beautiful!
Photo A! It makes me want to be IN the photo!!
I feel ya! I was quite tempted to lounge there…
Wow… Not sure I can pick this week! It all looks absolutely stunning (even that toilet, haha). Seems like an awesome place to get some work done. 🙂
It was! Very relaxing and inspiring!
I’m jumping on the A bandwagon. So pretty!
Can’t go wrong with a gorgeous daybed in front of a volcano, it seems!
Photos A and D…there’s no way I could get sick of those volcano views. Seeing Lago Atitlan brings back so many memories. I’d love to go back!
It definitely does seem to keep luring people back. I’ve heard so many raves!
E! Why is the restaurant now underwater?
The lake keeps rising! I also explored an underwater hotel while diving…
Photo C 😀
A first…liking a toilet pic 😉
Haha, hard to resist right!
I could never get sick of volcano views! I vote for D.
I definitely didn’t, not in eight days!
I am choosing Photo C. I love the colourful loo.
Made me smile every morning while I brushed my teeth 🙂
Photo A — I want to be there right this second 🙂
Definitely the reader favorite this week!
A- looks like a welcoming paradise!
It was indeed. The lake was just what I needed.
That’s a no-brainer! Photo C of course 😀 Gotta love a good toilet photo…errrrr…?
Can’t wait to head over to the other side as of June!!!! Whoop Whoop!
Nice! You’ll love it here, I’m sure.
Winning by a mile 🙂
Photo F for me!
This was our (Sarah & myself) 2nd dive experience after we did our open water, so we were a little nervous.
Once in the water however, it was all so easy, and we had a great time indeed 😉
So glad you got to do it!
I’m glad I did too — got to try high altitude diving for the first time!
Got any dives planned for Belize?
Indeed! Definitely planning to head out around the Cayes!
Photo A. Based on that picture alone, that’s the only place I think I want to be right now! It just looks so serene.
It was gorgeous! It reminded me of a desktop screensaver when I saw it 🙂
Lake Atitlan was gorgeous, but sadly it was the only area in Guatemala I truly cared for. Hope your experience is different!
Heading to the beach this weekend, hoping to find some bliss there 🙂
I just totally love the fact that a toilet has made its way into Photo of the Week (albeit a beautifully decorated one) so I’m going for that one!
Haha I like your logic — and hey, I also spent a birthday in Arequipa 🙂 A super fun one!
I choose photo C – because I love colorful artwork.
I’ve been snapping photos of a lot of it since I arrived here! Not buying much, however… if only I could carry it all!