I have been to over 30 countries and few places are as breathtakingly beautiful as Lake Atitlan. And Armands Sunset Lodge is your stylish yet quiet monastery on the edge of a dream. I have been here for six weeks and it is hard to imagine leaving. It is like living in a water color painting that is constantly being repainted. From the huge bay window, I watch columns of light drift across the lake creating distant emerald green pools of light. There are no roads only trails, so the 20 minute Lake edge walk into town is a pleasant mix of expats and indigenous Mayan Indians. Many still wear their traditional clothes and will great you with an "Utza Watch". Mayan for "Going Good?". A smile always seems close to their eyes. Maybe they know we don't ;)
Many nights I watch storms brew on the far side of the lake. Imagine a giant late afternoon mist enveloping three purple volcanoes. The mist turns dark and heavy obscuring most of their top halves. But these aren't any volcanoes, these are "Lighting Volcanoes". Many nights I watch volcano gods throw dragon shaped lighting through cloud banks at each other.
The clouds visiting the lake are usually the giant cumulus clouds, you know the really big puffy ones. Sometimes you look up and get one hell of a shock. The "Holy Cow, That's a Volcano Blowing Up!!" experience without out it actually blowing up. The first couple of times really get ya. I am beginning to suspect the the clouds and volcanoes are in cahoots.
Well I would like to keep writing but I am sitting "here" right now. And with the pitter patter of rain on the roof, my warm covers, and the twinkling lights of distant villages, I am reminded of my not so distant dreams. I hope all us have the chance to fall asleep in heaven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the middle of the nature reserve of Laguna Lodge, we offer 1 studio full bed, big bay window with kitchenet and private terrace, 1 house with one bedroom, with separate bedroom with queen bed, 1 apartment with king bed, kitchenet, private terracefully equipped. All located on the waterfront, facing volcanoes and sunset views. Safe bay, near Villa Sumaya yoga retreat center, only 15 minutes by boat from Panajachel. A place to fall in love with Atitlan magical views ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atitlan Sunset Lodge Guatemala/Lake Atitlan