Panajachel is located in the Guatemalan highlands and provides incredible views to three volcanoes, San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlan, and the Lake Atitlan.

Things to do - general

Panajachel is located in the Guatemalan highlands and provides incredible views to three volcanoes and Lake Atitlan. The volcanoes, San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlan set an incredible stage for this town. Panajachel also serves as a gateway to explore the three indigenous villages around Lake Atitlan. Santiago Atitlan, Santa Cararina Palopo and San Antonio Palopo, are all famous for its women weavers and their typical clothes.

During 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 buildings in Guatemala.

Panajachel or Pana as it is called by the 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 Panajachel’s busy market street. It is also one of the best places in Guatemala to shop for souvenirs.

The town itself is small and you can get anywhere within 15 minutes. Tuctuc’s (taxis on 3 wheels) are widely available to take you to nearby attractions. Private boats which take you across the lake and to the Indian villages regularly leave from the pier at the foot of the main street, Calle Santander. There are also larger public ferries but they only go to Santiago Atitlan and San Pedro.

Laguna Lodge

Lake Atitlan
Laguna Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in its own nature reserve on the shores of Lake Atitlan and commanding best views over the waters of Lake Atitlan and 3 volcanoes as its backdrop.

Cacique Inn

Hotel Cacique Inn is located two streets away from the main street and a comfortable 3 star hotel in Panajachel which has a beautiful tropical garden with a big swimming pool and one of the best restaurants in town.

Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel

Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo in Panajachel is just two hours away from its sister hotel in Antigua and situated on the shores of Lake Atitlan providing a peaceful setting to enjoy Panajachel.

Casa Palopo

Lake Atitlan
Casa Palopo is a 7-bedroom villa terraced into the hillside overlooking Lake Atitlan and three magnificent volcanos. The hotel is located in Santa Catarina Palopo, 7 km from Panajachel.

Hotel Atitlan

Lake Atitlan
The Hotel Atitlan is a luxury getaway in Panajachel overlooking Lake Atitlan. The hotel also includes award winning gardens and the finest cuisine in Central America!

Day Tours from Panajachel

Price per person from $ 64
Day Tours from Panajachel - Lake Atitlan, Hike San Pedro Volcano, Horseback riding, Biking tour around the lake, Kayak from Panajachel to Santa Clara.

Mini Packages in Panajachel

Price per person from $ 124
Mini Packages in Panajachel - One Night in Panajachel, Panajachel and Lake Atitlan

Mountain Biking Atitlan Special

Price per person from $ 95
Mountain Biking Atitlan Special: Experience the Lake Atitlan area to it's fullest. Mystic Mayan ruins, mountain villages, fields, farms and Volcanoes.