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Jerian Markaya: Paddling Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Paddling Lake Atitlán

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Location: Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Board: Scout


Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America. It was formed by an ancient volcanic eruption and is surrounded by volcanoes and traditional Mayan villages. I couldn’t wait to paddle on it. I grew increasingly excited as I reached the bustling main “embarcadero” in Panajachel, the entry port to Lake Atitlán. It’s a bumpy and crowded taxi boat ride in the late afternoon. I took a tiny seat on the bow and held on tight as I tried to take in all of the surrounding beauty, gazing up in awe at the steep cliffs and the volcanoes towering over the lake. About 20 minutes later, and halfway across t