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Bama
9/29/2006 14:08 EST

My wife and I spent two weeks in San Marcos on Lake Atitlan during the month of August. We loved it. Even though we were told the rainy season was upon us, it was beautiful everyday, and rained only late afternoon and evening... if at all. We are three years from retirement, and we are considering this area as a place to retire. I am aware of the cost of living, the politics and government, safety issues, transportation, language needs, and of the expats in the area. One issue we have not had any feedback on is the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters in this area: Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, etc. I would appreciate any feedback folks can give.

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armandatitlan
9/30/2006 23:09 EST

I have been living around the lake for 18 years now and I had no volcanic eruption, the last one registered was in late 1800, earth quake no major one youjust feel some temblor there and there, the last one which affected the area was in 1976. Hurricanes we don't have we just feel the effect of them,. and produce flloods as the one of last year. HUrrycan Stan tails dropp heavy rain on the high lands and the lake was badly hurt but this magnitude phenomenon seems to happen every 50 years... so we might be fine for another 50 years....

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Bama
10/30/2006 16:41 EST

Hi Armand!
Are you the "famous" Armand Boissy? Steve Hendrick has mentioned you. My wife and I are looking for a one month rental in San Marcos during the month of July 2007. We would like to keep the cost less than $1200, and something on the water. We will also be looking to purchase something within the next couple of years. Let me know how to reach you directly. Thanks!
Dr. Allen Wilson

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armandatitlan
10/31/2006 09:03 EST

Hi Dr Wilson,
Indeed I'm the Armand Boissy Steve referres in his article.
I do have a couples of houses for rent in San Marcos area.
You can see some of them on my site realestateatitlan com, you can also reach me on skype : armandboissy or phone 502-5493-6161.
I would be pleased to help you on your search for a nice place to retire.
Armand

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