Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sailing and Diving in Guatemala and Belize



Aventuras Vacacionales

Destinations in Guatemala
Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan is one of Guatemala's top tourist destinations and most visitors agree with Aldous Huxley, who called it the most beautiful lake in the world.
Map of Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala, surrounded by mountains and three volcanoes.

Located in the department of Solola in the Guatemalan highlands, Lake Atitlan is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, which make for a magnificent background and highlight the lake's beauty. The forests around the lake are also one of the last habitats of the Quetzal, Guatemala's national bird. (more)

http://www.sailing-diving-guatemala.com/guatemala/lake-atitlan.php

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Under the Volcanoes

Taken outside my bedroom window at Posada Dona Clara's in the beautiful historical town of Antigua, Guatemala, full of Spanish Colonial architecture. It was a town of monasteries, convents and churches which have been lovingly restored. The first two months I stayed there were the best two months of my life ~ since I came back from Paris, France in 1985. Love living in Guatemala; "poor man's Hawaii" and Paradise. How lucky to have found my way there! Never would have guessed it in a million years.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cross Cultural Solutions.org

http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/

Welcome

Volunteer Abroad – work side-by-side with local people and experience another culture like never before.

It's the experience of a lifetime.

Volunteer Abroad As an international volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions, you're making a meaningful contribution, working side-by-side with local people and sharing in the goals of a community that warmly welcomes you. You're experiencing another culture like never before and really getting to know its people.

You'll gain new perspectives and insight into the culture and yourself. It's an exciting and personally inspiring experience, and you'll develop memories that will be with you forever.

CCS offers international volunteer programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand. (more)

Eurotourism

http://www.ieurotourism.eu/t/volcano

Lots of interesting places, hotels and more in Lake Atitlan Area. Check out La Iguana Perdida (The Lost Iguana) hotel with a PADI dive school and scuba diving trips all around the lake.

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
View of Lake Atitlan and volcano from my apartment balcony in Panajachel. Taken by Catherine Todd June 2008.