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Panajachel, dubbed ''Pana,'' is usually the first stop for backpackers. Be warned, if an authentic, lakeside experience is what you are in the area for it is best to catch a boat to another village like San Pedro or Santiago Atitlán. But Panajachel is what it is: full of gringos, hotels, restaurants, internet cafes, clubs, bars and tourist agencies. In fact, the town's bustling nightlife is probably the main draw, since hoards of Guatemalans from the capital mix with tourists on weekends to party until bars close, then find another spot to waste away the night. Mayas from surrounding villages make the trek here to pawn their handicrafts to tourists, and the town's abundance of transport connections to all parts of Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras add to Panajachel's popularity. And the influx of tourism will never spoil the view from the lakeshore.


Other places nearby Panajachel: Santa Catarina Palopó, Santa Cruz La Laguna, San Juan La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, San Antonio Papoló, Tzununá, Santiago Atitlan, San Marcos La Laguna, San Lucas Tolimán and Jaibalito.

By Chris Hughes
Traveling South America to give Viva readers the most up-to-date information...
13 Sep 2010

Things to do in Panajachel

Museo Lacustre Atitlán

Find exhibits that trace the creation and geological history of Lake Atitlán at Museo Lacustre Atitlán. Also on display is Mayan archaeology that dates from late Pre-classic and Classic times. The ...
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Museo Raúl Vásquez

Museo Raúl Vásquez hs a weird mix of figures from Guatemalan folklore on display in the same place as statues of Jesus Christ and other religious figures. There are some interesting watercolor ...
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Reserva Natural Atitlán

This popular reserve found on the grounds of a former coffee farm is located slightly outside of town, about 10 minutes walking from Panajachel (take the road to Sololá and after the first climb ...
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Tour Around The Atitlan Lake

amazing and enjoing beautifull atitlan lake knowing the different village see differents clothes them used daily, them history is very interesting this places walking between the maya people in ...
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