Laguna Chicabal in Guatemala is truly a magical place. A short but very steep 3 km climb leads you to the shores of this lake, which is sacred to the Mam and K’iche’ Maya. It’s located in the crater of Volcan Chicabal. Alters are placed at the four cardinal points to perform ceremonies. During the month of May, flowers are placed on the lake’s edge as part of the 13 Q’anil; 40 days after Easter Sunday, farmers congregate here to pray for rain. A fusion of Mayan cosmovision and Christian traditions.