Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán is of volcanic origin, situated 140 km (90 miles) from Guatemala City in the mountainous state of Sololá, deep in the highlands of Guatemala.

Aldous Huxley, a famous British writer, once called Lake Atitlan "the most beautiful lake in the world" and those that experience the Lake agree.


Lake Atitlan is located about 5000 feet above sea level, with a depth of 1500 feet and covers an area of 50 square miles. It is the deepest lake in Central America. The lake water is usually crystal clear and has a vivid blue color. The colors change when the light changes. The lake is set against a dramatic backdrop of three spectacular 10,000-foot volcanoes - Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro.

Not only is Lake Atitlán picturesque, but also has twelve indigenous villages which are rich in Mayan culture. These villages still wear their traditional clothes, hand-woven in bright colors. Its population is also famous for its handicrafts and textiles that can be admired for their designs and colors which distinguish the people from one village to another.

 

Tiosh Abaj

" Tiosh Abaj ", in the Tzutujil

 

Mayan language means

 

"Sacred Stone"

 

This stone is in the

 

form of a  "JAGUAR"

 

and has been a sacred

 

place to the tzutujil Mayan

 

people up to the present time.

 

This Sacred Site is still being

 

used ceremonially and preserved

 

with respect.