Atitlán Lake, Guatemala
"One of the most beautiful lake in the World"

© Stéphane Guisard, Los Cielos de América

Lake Atitlán, "Lago de Atitlán" (1562m / 5125 ft altitude) is a large endorheic lake (one that does not flow to the sea) in the Guatemalan Highlands and it is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. With a depth of 340m, is it recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America. The lake is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed in an eruption 84,000 years ago. It is shaped by deep escarpments which surround it and by three volcanoes on its southern flank. They are visible on the picture below on the opposite side of the lake : Tolimán volcano (3158 m / 10361 ft) to the left, Atitlán volcano (3535 m / 10361 ft) in the center and part of San Pedro volcano (3020 m / 9908 ft) to the extreme right. Atitlán is further characterized by towns and villages of the Maya people. The visible artificial lights are coming from the villages of Cerro de Oro, Santiago Atitlá and San Pedro La Laguna. Information compiled from Wikipedia.

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