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Nestled in the temperate mountainous region of the Western Highlands, Lake Atitlan is a haven for locals and tourists alike. Being only a two and half hour drive from Guatemala’s capital, Guatemala City, and popular colonial town of Antigua, makes Lake Atitlan a very accessible destination. The winning combination of being 15 degrees above the equator and 1,560 meters above sea level makes it the ideal climate - not too hot and never too cold! The sun shines throughout the year, even during the rainy season.

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Monday, 05 May 2008

Volcano Pacaya, Guatemala

The amazingly breath-taking volcano Pacaya was the highlight of my stay in Guatemala.

Situated 30k south of Antigua it rises 2552 metres, or 8371ft into the sky. This very active volcano is a must see. Guides reckon anyone can do it, I say make sure you have a head for heights and an average-to-good level of fitness. It’s not so much the walking; it’s what you’re walking on, namely the old lava, which is very unstable and sometimes hot. However, reaching the summit and standing metres away from flowing lava, you could be forgiven for thinking you have stepped out of reality and onto the set of some discovery program.


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