Panajachel

Panajachel is Lake Atitlán’s most popular traveler town. Set along the northern shores of the lake, the setting is here is gorgeous—think blue water, forested mountains, and volcanoes. The town’s culture mixes North American, European and Central American influences.

Panajachel
Panajachel
Panajachel
Panajachel
Panajachel
Panajachel
Panajachel
Panajachel
Panajachel
Panajachel

Panajachel was one of Central America’s main hippie hotspots during the 1960s and 1970s. Over time it has integrated into Guatemala’s mainstream tourism circuit, and these days is popular with Westerners and Guatemalans alike.

Prior to the arrival of travelers, Panajachel was a small Mayan village. Early in the Spanish conquest, Franciscans had a church and monastery in Panajachel—from here they launched regional conversion campaigns in other indigenous villages. Most of the old village is gone these days, having been taken over by fairly nondescript buildings. The setting here is spectacular enough.

Pana, as locals know it, is one of the most developed towns along Lake Atitlán. It has good accommodations, some of which are set just outside town, and a smattering of tasty restaurants. There are garden cafés where you can enjoy fresh fruit smoothies, as well as upscale options that serve excellent international cuisine. Pana is also a great place to shop for handicrafts. Stalls line Calle Santander, the town’s main street, and sell all manner of goods. Bargaining is encouraged.

During the weekends, residents of Guatemala City make their way to Pana to party. Appropriately, the city has a fair share of bars and dance floors. Some places have mellow bohemian atmospheres, while others host live bands and turned-up dance parties.

The Reserva Natural Atitlán is located just outside town. Set on a former coffee farm, this nature reserve offers travelers a number of attractions, including a butterfly farm, zip line, lakeside beach, waterfalls, nature trails, and hanging bridges. The trails here run through thick foliage and offer the possibility to spot monkeys and small mammals.

The lake and surrounding hillsides offer up all kinds of recreational activities. Pana’s public beach is fairly clean and fine for swimming. Kayaks can be rented and paddled out into the lake—try to avoid doing so in the late afternoon, when the winds known locally as Xocomil come blowing in.

Hiking trips can be arranged to the San Pedro Volcano or in the mountains surrounding town. Going with a guide is definitely recommended. Mountain biking, rock climbing, and rappelling can also be arranged.

Panajachel HIGHLIGHTS

Moments to look forward to

10 days | $$

Friends Vacation Exploring Mayan Ruins

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Scenic Kayac Tour - Colective
Santiago Atitlan

Scenic Kayac Tour - Colective

8 days | $$$

Lakeside Villages and Relaxation

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Bike Tour Palopo Adventure - Colective
Santiago Atitlan

Bike Tour Palopo Adventure - Colective

9 days | $

A Wedding Celebration Made Better

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Enchanting Walk - Maya Sunrise - Colective
Lake Atitlan, Solola

Enchanting Walk - Maya Sunrise - Colective

5 days | $$$

Guatemala's Gems of Nature

Take yourself on an amazing journey –– collect precious memories throughout the visually striking nation of Guatemala. The beauty of Lake Atitlan and history of Antigua awaits.
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Chichicastenango Local Market - Colective
Lake Atitlan, Solola

Chichicastenango Local Market - Colective

13 days | $$

Active Couple Mayan Culture Explorer

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Incredible Lake Tour - Colective
Lake Atitlan, Solola

Incredible Lake Tour - Colective

Chichicastenango Tour HD - GA
Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango Tour HD - GA

Hiking San Pedro Volcano
Lake Atitlan, Solola

Hiking San Pedro Volcano

Kayaking in Panajachel
Lake Atitlan, Solola

Kayaking in Panajachel

Accommodations

Incredible Stays

Porta Hotel del Lago
Porta Hotel del Lago
Porta Hotel del Lago

The Porta Hotel del Lago is set near the shores of Lake Atitlán in Panajachel. The hotel’s location is unbeatable, as is the level of service and kinds of amenities that are offered here.

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Posada Don Rodrigo Atitlan
Posada Don Rodrigo Atitlan
Posada Don Rodrigo Atitlan

Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo is located in the town of Panajachel, which lies along the northern shores of Lake Atitlán. The hotel has clean, spacious rooms and beautiful views of the lake.

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Hotel Regis
Hotel Regis
Hotel Regis

The Hotel Regis is located in Panajachel. The hotel is easily accessible and has a nice garden and spa area.

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Hotel Atitlán
Hotel Atitlán
Hotel Atitlán

Hotel Atitlan is set along the shores of Lake Atitlan in the town of Panajachel. The setting is absolutely beautiful and the hotel has quiet, spacious rooms.

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Hotel Dos Mundos
Hotel Dos Mundos
Hotel Dos Mundos

Hotel Dos Mundos is located one block from shores of Lake Atitlán in the town of Panajachel. This hotel is a quiet and comfortable oasis in the heart of Panajachel.

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Rancho Grande Inn
Rancho Grande Inn
Rancho Grande Inn

The Rancho Grande Inn is centrally located in the town of Panajachel. This hotel has cabin-style accommodations, a small swimming pool, and super tasty breakfast.

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Hotel Jardines del Lago Panajachel
Hotel Jardines del Lago Panajachel
Hotel Jardines del Lago Panajachel

This is a convention center right on the shore of Lake Atitlán, in the busy town of Panajachel. While the town still has a reputation for New Age visitors and visitor services, over the years it’s become a useful hub for all types of travelers.

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Hotel Kakchiquel
Hotel Kakchiquel
Hotel Kakchiquel

Hotel Kakchiquel is located along the shores of Lake Atitlán in the town of Panajachel. This hotel is centrally located and offers basic rooms and a complementary breakfast.

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