LAKE IZABAL (LAGO DE IZABAL)
As the largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Izabal covers a lot of diverse land. This includes lowlands in the Santa Cruz mountains to the Minas and San Isidro mountains. However, it has history behind it as well. It is drained by the Dulce River, and that area was a common place for trade during the colonial period. Castillo de San Felipe, at the head of the Dulce and looking out to Izabal, was a Spanish fort during the colonial era. It was used for protecting the shore of Lake Izabal from the pirate attacks that frequently happened in that area, and still remains today even after the destruction it went through from many raids.