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Porta Hotel del Lago

Porta Hotel del Lago

2a Avenida 06-17 Zona 2, Panajachel
of 5, from 242 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Panajachel hotel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of La Galeria, Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, and Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center. Panajachel Municipal Market and The Maya Traditions Herbal Medicine Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel y Cafe La Casa del Mundo

Hotel y Cafe La Casa del Mundo

El Jaibalito, Santa Cruz La Laguna
of 5, from 15 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this hotel is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Cerro Tzankujil and within 12 mi (20 km) of Church of Saint Peter and San Pedro Volcano. Atitlan Nature Reserve and St. James the Apostle Church are also within 25 mi (40 km).

Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel

Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel

Final de la Calle Santander, Panajachel
of 5, from 40 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the Strip, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and La Galeria. Museo Raúl Vasquéz and Church of Saint Francis are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Grand Hotel Panajachel

Grand Hotel Panajachel

Calle Principal 1-79, Zona 2, Panajachel
of 5, from 29 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Panajachel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo Raúl Vasquéz, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and Azul Maya Archaeological Museum. Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market are also within 15 minutes.

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Western Highlands Vacation Packages

A magnificent volcanic lake, vibrant villages, hot springs and the heart of the Guatemalan Maya lie within this high-altitude region.

Visit the Western Highlands to experience the characterful villages that line the shores of Lake Atitlán and go farther outward to the breathtaking mountain ranges that encircle the region. A diverse landscape of verdant valleys, tree-lined ridges and a mosaic of farm fields are framed by a chain of volcanoes to the south and the high Cuchumatanes Mountains to the north. Hike through the rugged ranges, encounter traditional Maya communities and get to know the central hub city of Quetzaltenango (Xela).

Situated western part of the region, Quetzaltenango (Xela) is Guatemala’s second-largest city and a great place to base your excursions to neighboring Maya villages. Experience the rich heritage of the indigenous cultures in highland villages, such as Nebaj or Chichicastenango. Check out busy marketplaces throughout Quetzaltenango and head to the Fuentes Georginas to soak your muscles in a hot spring surrounded by lush ferns. Climb to the peak of Santa María’s conical peak and hike around the trails that wind around the village of Todos Santos Cuchumatán and the striking granite outcrops throughout the Cuchumatanes Mountains.

The 13 villages on the shoreline of Lake Atitlán have a stunning outlook of a chain of volcanoes above calm waters. Visit Panajachel, the hub of the area, for local crafts and waterfront nightlife. Book a guide to take you on the incomparable hike to Volcán San Pedro. Santa Cruz la Laguna is a secluded lakeside village while Santiago Atitlán, situated at one of the lake’s inlets beneath Vulcán Tolimán, has a shrine and a 16th-century church.

Keen hikers should head for the undulating landscapes of the Ixil, a beautifully secluded wilderness dotted with small communities. Check out the enduringly captivating pre-Hispanic cities of Iximché, K’umarkaaj and Zaculeu to experience some of the Western Highlands’ ancient historical sights.

The Western Highlands span the area between Antigua’s outskirts and Guatemala’s border with Mexico. Get into the region by flying into Quetzaltenango Airport or catching the buses that traverse the Pan-American Highway. Visit between November and February for drier weather. Be sure to check with local tourism offices before embarking on any hikes or climbs.