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This is a view of the Atitlan lake and caldera from a paragliding launch spot. There were no gliders that day, few months after the infamous terrorist attacks, a robbery of an entire tourist bus on the road to the famous Chichicastenango market AND a strike by Guatemalan air traffic controllers that stopped all flights, meant very few visitors. What we see here are the voluptuous volcanoes of Atitlan (left) and Toliman (right). There is a 3rd volcano (San Pedro) out of view, would have been to the right of this 28mm lens view, hopefully one day I will learn how to stitch photos and post a wide panorama. I posted one of San Pedro months ago when I first joined TE. The lake is definitely swimmable, the water temperature I can only describe as "mediterrenean in May". This is the fartherst I have ever travelled for a weekend. ( a long 4 day holiday weekend). Sky was darkened and neatimage(default) filtered. Warning: this view may be too suggestive to some american viewers, especially those millions traumatized by what Janet Jackson did last year. (hence the silly sexist title)

for volcano info and a cool map check out:
http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/volc_images/south_america/guat/atitlan.html

Volcanic activity began in the Lake Atitlan area about 11-12 million years ago. The present-day stratovolcanoes and caldera represent the most recent of four periods of volcano growth and caldera collapse. This recent period of activity began about 1.8 million years ago. A large explosive eruption about 84,000 years ago formed the most recent Atitlan caldera. Lake Atitlan fills part of the caldera.

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