Lake Atitlan (Panajachel)
is in the Guatemalan highlands and provides incredible views to
three volcanoes and the Lake Atitlan. The volcanoes, San Pedro,
Toliman, and Atitlán set an incredible stage for this town.
Panajachel is also the gateway to explore the three indigenous
villages around Lake Atitlan. Santiago Atitlan, Santa Cararina
Palopo and San Antonio Palopo, all are famous for its women weavers
and their typical clothes.
the period of the Spanish conquering Guatemala, the shores of
the lake were the scene of the great battle in which the Spanish
and their Cakchiquel allies defeated the Tzutuhils. The Spanish
set up a church and monastery in Panajachel soon afterward, and
used the town as a center for converting the Indians of the region
to the Catholic faith. The original façade of the church
stills stands, and is one of the gems of the colonial style in
or Pana as it is called by many locals, is a town full of interesting
sights, sounds, and smells. The town has numerous hotels and is
full of small quality restaurants and interesting nightspots.
During the day you can visit the surrounding villages, enjoy the
breathtaking views onto the volcanoes that surround the lake or
visit Panajachels busy market street. It is one of the best
places in Guatemala to shop for souvenirs.