"On the shores of Lake Atitlàn" Top 5 Page for this destination Panajachel by toonsarah
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Its “in your face” status as gringo capital has something of the same appeal as an English seaside resort – it may not be as pretty as that unspoilt bay just along the coast, but it’s fun, sociable and refreshingly unpretentious. And if it’s beauty you seek, the “loveliest lake in the world” (according to Aldous Huxley) is just at the end of the road.
Pana, as it is often called, was discovered by hippies in the 1960s, and you will still see plenty of slightly Bohemian-looking ex-pats on its streets, although those seeking a quieter Guatemalan lifestyle have moved on to one of the smaller villages around the lake.
And beyond Calle Santander there is still plenty of local colour too, especially in the streets around the pretty church.
Pana is also a great base for visits to the other villages around the lake, where Mayas still live much as they have done for centuries, proud to wear their local costumes and produce their traditional crafts.
We visited two of these, San Antonio Palopo and Santaigo Atitlàn, where we were able to compare the different styles of Cachikel and Tz'utujil attire. This area is 90% Maya, and 10% Latino, and despite how it may seem on Calle Santander, we gringos really are very much a minority too!
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