Panajachel Travel Guide
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- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 75%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Spiritual Seekers
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- PanajachelMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 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.Recommended for:
- PanajachelMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Mar 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.
- PanajachelMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersJul 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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