Storm Agatha, that struck Guatemala on Saturday 29 May 2010, has done much damage across
the Guatemalan Highlands and the south of Guatemala City along the Pacific coast. However
our Spanish School and Panajachel town are open for business as usual. We hope we will see
Panajachel has not been badly affected by Tropical Storm Agatha but there is considerable
damage and loss of life in the villages around Lago de Atitlan. Other parts of Guatemala
have also been affected such as the region around Esquintla which lies to the south of
A landslide of mud, rocks and trees buried around 25 houses in the municipality of San
Antonio Palopo on Lake Atitlan killing 18 people.
In the Pixabaj community, Solola region, some 22 houses were destroyed by a torrent of mud
and water. Fortunately, local residents had been evacuated shortly before the disaster.
On Sunday, 30 May 2010, Tropical Storm Agatha was downgraded to a low pressure system.
Our Spanish Language School, in Panajachel, is open to all students and right now
is when we need visitors because the economy of Lake Atitlan depends on tourism. The best
way to help Lake Atitlan is by visiting the towns and villages and supporting the local
Thank you very much!