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Retire to Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Too much of A good thing

"Lake Atitlan, of Kashmiri-blue sapphire hued water, set in an emerald green girdle fronted by small beaches, inlets, and coves," writes Latin America Correspondent Michael Paladin, "is placid in the morning and wind-whipped in the afternoon. It sits at a mile high altitude in the western highlands ofGuatemala and is ringed by three spectacular volcanoes, San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlan. The vibrantly green, perfectly shaped cones rise another 3,000 feet above the 'unruffled surface, blue as a peacock's is a view that qualifies beyond argument to be one of the wonders of the world' (so said Sitwell in 1961).

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