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  • Panajachel
    Baxter Jackson
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    5 Oct 25, 2013

    Panajachel is the gringo gateway to Guatemala's most stunning natural attraction - Lake Atitlan. A spring fed crater-lake ringed by jungle covered volcanos, the setting is best described as primeval. All that's missing is a lake monster and/or a pterodactyl to complete the scene (although it's rumored that there's one of the former). To see the latter, a good dose of the local floral hallucinogen should do the trick. If you're so inclined, San Pedro de la Laguna (just across the lake from Panajachel) is a good hippy hangout to start just such a Castaneda-ish journey.

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    3 Mar 25, 2013

    Major Guatemalan tourist destination on Lake Atitlan. It is definitely worth a visit. The lake is beautiful. The town itself is nothing special, and is mostly geared towards tourists to the Lake. Having said that there are plenty of hostels and hotels and it makes a decent base for further exploration of the region.

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    3 Dec 27, 2012

    The gateway city to the lake, a transport hub with plenty of restaurants and hotels to spend a night before delving deeper into the towns around the lake.

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    Marleen Audoor
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Prachtig, een hotel aan de rand van het water, van daaruit nog mooie dorpjes bezocht aan de overkant van het meer , als herinnering een zeer mooi schilderij bij Gloria gekocht

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    Evan Roth-Howe
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    The best hub for travel to and from Lake Atitlan, Panajachel is also the most commercialized of the various lakeside towns. This has its pros and cons, of course, and if you're looking for cheap tacos and handicrafts, you'll do fine at the market that runs from the center of town to the water. After a day or two here, be sure to cross the river by water taxi to experience a calmer side of Lake Atitlan. (San Marcos is my pick.)

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    Matthew Crompton
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    3 Jul 03, 2012

    Panajachel is the jumping off point for touring the Lago de Atitlan area. Other towns are more scenic, and less touristy, but it's a decent place to spend a night en route elsewhere.

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    Josue Morales
    4 Sep 01, 2012

    Sunset

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Description

A quaint Mayan village turned hippy hideaway and now a center of mainstream tourism, Panajachel has seen more than its fair share of incarnations. On the shores of the highland Lake Atitlán, the town is a natural center for exploring surrounding environs. Whether in search of healing in a vortex energy field, experiencing today's rebirth of Mayan culture, or simply looking for a relaxing resort ... read more
town, “Pana” seems to have a side that suits most everyone. Enjoy the Sunday market with the locals, shop for handicrafts along Calle Santander, and book a lake crossing for outdoor adventures amongst monolithic volcanoes and indigenous villages.

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