Panajachel

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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 $59 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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 Sep 5, 2021

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
Fully refundable
The price is $89 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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! (441 reviews)
"Nice property. Great views of the lake and volcano. Lobby is not impressive and building is from the 80s or 90s so it is not new and needs a bit of updating but for the price and location it is hard to beat. Rooms do not have blackouts so get ready to wake up early."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Porta Hotel del Lago
Hotel Atitlán
Hotel Atitlán
3.5 out of 5
Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel, Solola
The price is $155 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
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 Sep 6, 2021

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.
Lake Atitlan ,  Guatemala apartment (panajachel ) solola ,
Lake Atitlan , Guatemala apartment (panajachel ) solola ,
Panajachel, Solola
The price is $125 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and Azul Maya Archaeological ...
4.3/5Excellent! (12 reviews)
"I really like that is just in fron of the lake,the place is very safe.if one day ill go back, ill lake to stay at this place.."

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

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Villas Jucanya
Villas Jucanya
3.5 out of 5
Barrio Jucanya, Calle del Lago, Frente al Lago (juegos infantiles), Panajachel, Solola
The price is $158 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 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 Feb 8, 2021

Villas Jucanya
Beautiful Atitlan Luxury Home AT020
Beautiful Atitlan Luxury Home AT020
Panajachel, Solola
The price is $985 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Situated in Panajachel, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and Pintando Santa Catarina Palopó. La Galeria and ...
Beautiful Atitlan Luxury Home AT020
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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