I lived in Guatemala from 1975 to 1976 and left because of a devestating earthquake that killed 26,000 people. Prior to my sad departure, I travelled around Guatemala and saw the beauty of the people and the geography.
Lago de Atitlan is indeed a spectacular lake and worthy of visiting along with the villages in that area. I hope to travel to Guatemala in 2005 to commemorate 30 years since I've been there. I am eager to see what changes have occurred since 1975-76.
-- (August 24, 2004) on Lago de Atitlán