We went on vacation to Lake Villa Guatemala to learn about plant-based cooking. We did that thanks to the kitchen wizardry of our thoughtful and engaging hosts, Traci and Mark. But we also did more – much more. We were swept away by the natural beauty of the Lake Atitlan area and learned again firsthand how important it is to live in harmony with the natural environment. With the encouragement of Traci and Mark, we were also exposed to the cultural richness of the uniquely different villages that surround the lake and the challenges of the local populations to preserve their heritage. Finally, we can’t say enough about the warmth of welcome we received from Traci and Mark. When it comes to relaxed hospitality, they set a very high bar.