Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Natural Wonders of Guatemala

If you love the outdoors and being in nature, appreciating the variety and beauty of God's creations, then you'll enjoy a trip to the Guatemalan highland country. The views are stunning, especially from up high in this mountainous region.

Picturesque Lake Atitlan is a natural resource that's a part of life in this region, just as the volcanoes are surrounding it and elsewhere. There are over one hundred volcanoes in Guatemala, a country the size of Ohio.

Besides the large views of mountains and water and trees, there are the small parts of nature: birds singing and calling to one another every morning at dawn; hummingbirds of so many sizes and colors; butterflies, especially at the Nature Preserve in Panajachel where you can visit an enclosed butterfly sanctuary that feels to me like one of the most peaceful outdoor areas I've ever been to.

As far as nature one would rather avoid, there's scorpions and spiders (not seen any snakes, I don't think they hang out where there's people), and the ever-present termite.

It's wonderfully refreshing to enjoy the beauties of nature, whether in its wild state or tamed and cultured in one's own backyard.


  1. You can't beat those views.

    re: scorpions
    I hope you never get stung. Scorpions are not my friends.

  2. Your pictures tell it all. As you said, everything is stunning!

  3. Hi Karen - the area is stunning .. is the lake used as a reservoir and the water used for the towns? I quite agree - I'm not surprised you can luxuriate there ...

    Cheers Hilary

  4. It is really beautiful. I would love taking a walk through that scenery.

  5. So totally gorgeous. Nice to live in paradise isn't it?!

  6. Beautiful area. Pass on the scorpions though. Saw enough of those in Arizona.

  7. In a word, Paradise . . . . in another, Stunning . . . .
    Guatemala is definitely on my 'must see' list even allowing for scorpions, spiders and snakes . . . .

    Wonderful life you and hubby have there, Karen . . :)

    Just had a stay in hospital with an infected leg ulcer . . . getting better slowly and eddie rising like a Phoenix from the ashes . . . :)

  8. More beautiful pictures. Guatemala looks lovely.

  9. Gorgeous photos of a beautiful place. Thanks for allowing us to get a glimpse of it!

  10. That is stunning. Makes me want to go exploring. :)

  11. It looks so beautiful and I love the picture of the butterfly. I don't think I would like to come across the scorpions and spiders

  12. gorgeous butterfly and views! There are so many beauties in this world. Thanks for sharing

  13. I would love to see that. I love nature and everything in it. Well maybe not spiders!

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