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Panajachel Local Customs: 7 reviews and 6 photos


Panajachel would have little to offer tourists if not for the lake. That's not to say that it would not be an interesting place to shop or to see local Mayan culture on colorful display, but without the lake, you wouldn't be here. The view of three volcanoes over placid azure waters is why so many people come. It's what brought the Cakchiquel and Tzutuhil people to the region thousands of years ago and it's what brought the Spanish here during their period of conquest over Guatemala. Locals still use the lake for subsistence, fishing and using it as the most important mode of transportation and even more importantly as the big draw for tourists who visit and support the local economy.

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  • Updated Jul 22, 2005
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