In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
On Lake Atitlan,
(Pronounced: Lake Ah-teet-LAN,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
The dock for San Pedro and San
Mornings on Lake Atitlan are
generally placid with the water smooth as glass. There are two main docks
to get from Panajachel where we live, to the any of the various
towns across the water. The dock above goes to the larger towns of San
Pedro and San Marcos, along with Santa Cruz, Tzununa, Pasaj Cap,
Jaibalito and any of the private docks belonging to the homes on the
Blue, blue, blue
25 Quetzales for foreigners and 10-15Qs for
locals will get you on the launcha to cross the lake. These are mostly wobbly
little boats that will hold 30+ people and the speed at which the boat goes
depends on the cargo it carries.
Taking one of these boat trips is a good
reason to mentally drift in the surrounding beauty.
Men still fish this lake which is anywhere
from 1,000-2,000 feet deep. Their boats are even smaller, barely fitting 2 or 3
passengers with gear.
Sides of the caldera
85 thousand years ago, the
volcano here erupted spreading 270 cubic kilometers of debris and
blanketed much of Guatemala with ash - 200 meters deep in some areas. The
explosion was so large that the rock strata show Atitlan ash in places as far
north as Florida, USA and as far south as Panama, Central America.
After exploding, the
volcano collapsed and formed the Atitlan Caldera, which has filled to become
Homes dot the sides of the caldera
Today, palatial private homes and their
personal docks are scattered all along the sides of Lake Atitlan.
The lake is rising
For the last two rainy
seasons, the lake has been rising. Lake Atitlan is an
endorheic basin which means there is no
outlet for the water other than evaporation. Sometimes an earthquake will rattle
the bottom of the basin and water will flow out through cracks made by this
But as you
can see by the halfway underwater boat house and the dock stop, that the basin cracks
have been blocked, and evaporation hasn't kept up with the rainfall.
happens every so often, but people still build close to the lake's edge.
Beautiful restaurant in Santa Cruz
This is The Lost Iguana (La Iguana Perdida)
Restaurant in Santa Cruz. It is a delightful place to have breakfast, lunch,
appetizers or a cup of coffee. Of course it shares the same stunning view of
Club Ven Aca
Club Ven Aca
is a lovely hotel and restaurant. With an outstanding view of the lake, the
restaurant bar is beautiful and serves up delicious, fresh
cuisine. Want a cappuccino? A beer? A martini? This is the place to pass an
afternoon or stay the night.
Lake side rock garden
Botanical fantasies are fulfilled all along
the caldera as rock gardens of various sizes bring beauty to the boat ride.
Frank Lloyd Wright style house
Before the lake rose so high, this home used
to have a helipad right out front on the lawn. Now, it seems the lake is too
near for the safety of the helicopter.
Here you see a little carved out section of
the lakeside to dock private boats of a different kind. These tiny boats are
Little lakeside home
Here's a petite little
place, but the view is still awesome. You can see how the water has risen.
Question is, how much farther will the lake go up?
Millionaires are all facing the same problem
with the lake rising. This home's boat house is halfway under water, but it
looks like the home itself may have a couple of seasons left before the water
will be at porch level.
Time to go home and we board another launcha. This young man is daydreaming amid the placid
beauty that is Lake Atitlan.
We drift away too.
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on
topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of
information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com,
they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since
1991. They wrote the popular books, The
Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your
Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.