Panajachel

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Panajachel which includes a bay or harbor, a lake or waterhole and boating

Wildlife spotting, trekking in the Guatemalan highlands and a 16th-century church make this lakeside town a magnet for outdoor types and cultural enthusiasts.

Panajachel is a town on the shores of Lake Atitlán, in Guatemala's western highlands. Volcano scenery, wildlife, nightclubs and Mayan culture and traditions, means there is always something to see and do here.

Enjoy a scenic walk along the lake shore or for something more strenuous, hike to the top of one of the volcanoes surrounding the lake. The Atitlán Nature Reserve to the north of the town is a good place to see butterflies, monkeys, raccoons and other wildlife. Walk through its oak forests, coffee groves, along nature trails and by a waterfall. Take the opportunity to fly above the tree tops on a zip-line tour, then cool off on the sanctuary’s private beach. Book a hotel room or camping space if you want to stay at the reserve for more than one day.

Then turn your attention to some of Panajachel’s cultural attractions. See lots of examples of indigenous folk art at La Galeria. The gallery also showcases local and international contemporary art. Stop off at the Casa Cakchiquel for its indigenous crafts shop and the exhibition of old photographs of the area. The cultural center was once a hotel and locals will tell you about famous former guests such as the writer Aldous Huxley and Che Guevara.

While Panajachel is more developed than many other towns around Lake Atitlán, you can still find several historic buildings. They include the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, built by Franciscans in the 16th century. Parts of the original structure remain to this day.

In the evening, head for Calle Santander, the main street where there are numerous bars and restaurants serving local dishes. There is always plenty on offer for those missing the flavors of home. Partygoers are catered for in Panajachel's discos.

Panajachel can be reached by bus from several cities including Guatemala City and Antigua. If you are in a rental car, follow the Pan-American Highway. Accommodation for all budgets can be found throughout the town.

The combination of natural beauty, historic architecture and indigenous culture make Panajachel a great spot for a vacation.

Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago
Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago
3 out of 5
Calle Monterrey, Panajachel, Solola
The price is NT$1,629 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
This family-friendly Panajachel hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and Azul Maya Archaeological ...
4.2/5Very Good! (146 reviews)
"Beautiful property by the lake. Friendly staff and convenient location, about 5 min walk from the main street and the boat dock. Will stay there again."

Reviewed on 2021/9/5

Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago
Porta Hotel del Lago
Porta Hotel del Lago
3.5 out of 5
2a Avenida 06-17 Zona 2, Panajachel, Solola
The price is NT$2,685 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
This family-friendly Panajachel hotel is located on a lake, within a 5-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and La Galeria. Azul Maya Archaeological ...
4/5Very Good! (439 reviews)
"Beautiful property, well maintained. The staff was AMAZING specially Mr. Estuardo from the restaurant/food area. We have a suite with the double balcony on the 4th floor and the view was to die for!!! From the resort in general. There’s easy access to the bay/lake also easy access to other places ..."

Reviewed on 2021/8/7

Porta Hotel del Lago
Hotel Atitlán
Hotel Atitlán
3.5 out of 5
Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel, Solola
Fully refundable
The price is NT$4,295 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and Azul Maya Archaeological Museum. Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (291 reviews)
"Food, services, facilities are all excellent. I have been coming to this place since I was a kid"

Reviewed on 2021/9/6

Hotel Atitlán
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villas Jucanya
Villas Jucanya
3.5 out of 5
Barrio Jucanya, Calle del Lago, Frente al Lago (juegos infantiles), Panajachel, Solola
The price is NT$4,364 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and La Galeria. Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Great place!
"Excellent stay and great support from local staff."

Reviewed on 2021/2/8

Villas Jucanya
Luxury Villas Atitlan
Luxury Villas Atitlan
3 out of 5
Bahia de San Buena Aventura, Panajachel, Solola
Situated in Panajachel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center. Azul Maya Archaeological ...
3.3/5 (16 reviews)
"What a view! Beautiful space. Nice swimming pool."

Reviewed on 2020/1/27

Luxury Villas Atitlan
Villas B'alam Ya
Villas B'alam Ya
3.5 out of 5
Km. 4 Carretera s Sta. Catarina Palopó, Santa Catarina Palopó, Panajachel, Solola
Situated in Panajachel, this beach villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and Pintando Santa Catarina Palopó. La Galeria and Casa ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
"Perfect in every way. The view and accommodations were beyond expectation. I stayed in the Villa Jade and Bambu. Highly recommend either."

Reviewed on 2019/5/15

Villas B'alam Ya
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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