My husband, Paul, and I sat near the bow of the skiff, soaking in the sun and the view as we zipped across Lake Atitlán, in Guatemala’s highlands.
The Maya managed to preserve some of their culture, particularly in Guatemala’s western highlands, which extend from the colonial capital of Antigua Guatemala to the Mexican border.
We started in Antigua Guatemala, a 16th-century town just 20 miles from Guatemala City, the modern capital.
Getting There: Several airlines fly nonstop from the U.S. to Guatemala City.
Many travel agencies, including Antigua Tours by Elizabeth Bell, offer transportation to such destinations as Antigua Guatemala and Panajachel.
Staying There:In the heart of Antigua Guatemala, the 110-room Porta Antigua offers comfortable accommodations and has gardens, a spa and an outdoor pool.
Eating There: Posada de Don Rodrigo in Antigua Guatemala serves traditional food in a courtyard filled with flowers.