Remember that hidden village Leo DeCaprio found in “The Beach”? I’ve always wanted to find that. A place where time melts away, and the people you meet feel like they’ve been your friends since birth.
I finally found it on Lake Atitlan. La Iguana Perdida is that place, minus Leo Decaprio and that hot French chick.
As often happens with travel, we found this place by accident. On our way to another part of the Lake we got caught in the middle of a thunderstorm. Not wanting to trudge through the soaking streets of San Marcos looking for a place to stay, we decided to hop off at the first dock we reached. Soaked to the bone we stepped into the Iguana and immediately felt like we were home.
Since then we’ve all grown as close as family. James, Milda, Jack, Matt, Carlie, Garrieth, and Katie. All our new insta-best friends. We spend our days together floating on the lake, napping in the tv room and stuffing ourselves with cheese, wine and the most delicious BBQ you’ve ever tasted.
Each night is a completely different experience. Open mic / joke night (sing a song, tell a joke and take a shot.) Cross dressing dance party. Hangover Sunday pizza and movie night. And one of my favorites, sitting together outside watching the lightning crack behind the volcanoes that surround the lake.
We’ve been here for over a week and a half now and really have no plans to leave. When we eventually do I know we will long for the days and nights we spent as lost iguanas on Lake Atitlan.