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Lago de Atitlán


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The next step of my travels took me to the Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lake in the world, according to Aldous Huxley. I had several purposes for going there, the first of course was to admire the lake and its wonderful scenery (the lake, located at an altitude of 1500m, is surrounded by 4 volcanoes which give a surreal atmosphere to the lake), to relax and spend a week in a quiet place to try to do a bit of yoga, and also to take a week of spanish classes.

Guatemala is one of the cheapest places to learn Spanish (20h = 80$ with an individual teacher) and Santa Cruz de la Laguna, around the Lake Atitlán seemed to be the perfect location. Besides I had the opportunity to stay the entire week with a local Maya family, living and eating with them every day.

The whole experience was indeed really interesting, the family I stayed with was really nice and I now feel that my spanish has improved a lot, which is definitely going to help me for the next months when I will be travelling in the rest of Central and South America.

There is not much else to say as it a very quiet week so I will just let you admire the different photos I have taken that week, including a bonus video, lucky you! :)

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The morning were dedicated to study spanish, with an healthy breakfast and amazing view

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A little puppy which crossed my road one morning as I was hiking around the lake

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Making tortillas with the family I was staying with

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A part of the family which offered me shelter that week

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Posted by manolo84 16:25 Archived in Guatemala Tagged lakes nature volcanoes

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This is neat. How did you find this family?

Is it something tourists generally pay to do? Like a study and accommodation package? Was it expensive?

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As I said everything was organised by the hotel, 80$ for the spanish classes and 80$ for staying with the family for a week, meals included. So yes, part of a package but not expensive at all...

http://www.santacruzspanishschool.com/

by manolo84

Wow. That is really cheap. A whole week of classes, accommodation, and food working out to only $22 per day. Nice. Thanks man!

by Ravi

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