There’s not much tourism in Guatemala…except on the dreamy Lake Atitlán. I would imagine most visitors skip Guatemala City altogether and go straight to the country’s high-altitude resort lake. Atitlán is like Oregon’s Crater Lake — a caldera surrounded by volcanic peaks. At 5,100 feet above sea level, the weather is very comfortable. The terrain is so rugged, and the roads are so treacherous, that the only efficient way to travel around the lake is by boat. For the cost of my Uber ride to the airport in Seattle, we had the services of a fast boat for several hours. A pounding trip across the lake took me back to my childhood days, boating with my family…a nice break from the intensity of this trip’s learning mission.
I’m in Guatemala to scout for an upcoming public television special. You can follow my travels on my blog: https://blog.ricksteves.com/blog/tag/guatemala