"Panajachel on Lago de Atitlan" Top 5 Page for this destination Panajachel by Ken_Weaver

Panajachel Travel Guide: 133 reviews and 294 photos

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Panajachel, located in the Guatemala Highlands provides a spectacular place to view as Aldous Huxley claimed "Atitlan is the most beautiful lake in the world." Around the lake are three 10,000ft. volcanos-Toliman, Atitlan, and San Pedro. From Pana you can take boats to indigenous villages around the lake including Santiago Atitlan, Santa Cararina Palopo, and San Antonio Palopo, all famous for its beautiful textiles weaving.

During the time of the Conquistadors, there were many battles along the shores of the lake with Cakquiquels as allies to the Spanish defeating the Tzutuhils. Descendents of these two groups still live along the lake shores and have conserved their traditional lifestyle, language, customs and dress.

I encountered these two young ladies one day and was obliged to buy from them. My friend, Nancy, captured this wonderful photo at that time. To learn more about the area take a look at my <a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/2ea16/">Pana on the Lake, Shops, Flowers, and Volcanoes </a> Travelogue.

Storm Clearing over Lago de Atitlan

Lago de Atitlan gives the photographer a varieties of opportunities. The lake can be placid and absolutely still one moment and then be tossed into a frothy frenzy by the "Xocomil" the wind out of southeast.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great Place to Relax and Enjoy the Color of Guatemala
  • In a nutshell:One Place in Central America to Which I will definitely Return
  • Last visit to Panajachel: Aug 1999
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • andal13's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2003 at 4:19 PM

    Beautiful lake, volcanoes, flowers and butterflies... But probably the most beautiful of all are the people, aren't they?

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2003 at 1:55 PM

    The frontpage pic ist great! Beautiful pics of the gardens! Like these little stores where to buy textiles!

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2003 at 8:45 PM

    What a gorgeous spot in the world.

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2003 at 5:25 PM

    Xocomil is dangerous, but it sure makes a pretty sky. Great page, Ken.

  • Apr 23, 2003 at 12:42 PM

    A Brave New World!

  • syllybabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2003 at 12:23 AM

    I'm sold!...to the Hotel Atitlan and its beautiful gardens and butterflies. Main pic...lovely!

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2003 at 2:10 PM

    Quite a lake. Impressive volcanos. And the people look quite friendly. I've been noticing more travel ads re Guatemala in the travel magazines--I might have to take them up on the idea.

  • lenoreva's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2003 at 9:25 AM

    those looks like the little girls who put a curse on us when we were there!

  • d_d's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2003 at 10:47 AM

    Wonderful pics! your tip 'Don't trust the water...' is really great! :-)

  • croisbeauty's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2003 at 3:06 AM

    very cute opening picture, one of the best I have seen on VT, congratulations


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