Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is one of the most magical places in the world that still escapes the ravages of the 21st century. Jump on a boat across this volcanic lake and you’re beyond the reach of cars, industry and even the internet in some villages.
For hippies tending towards the Luddite, the shores of Lake Atitlan have proved to be an attractive refuge from the modern world and the usual astrology workshops and healing centers can be found in some of the villages. Now that 2012 has passed some of the buzz has gone out of the whole Mayan astrology wave but there are plenty of new cosmologies to absorb – listen long enough to the song of the insects at night and you might write your own one.
Lake Atitlan is a great place to make your own world in the jungle, gazing at the shifting light on the waters and the foreboding reflections of the volcanic mountains. Backpackers and hippies spend their days on the shores playing guitars, smoking herb with no fear of the police and hurling themselves into the lake.