7ª. Calle Y 6ª. Avenida Zona 1, Solola
Municipalidad 7762-3592 Fax 7762-4091
2. San José Chacayá
3. Santa María Visitación
4. Santa Lucía Utatlán
6. Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan
7. Santa Clara La Laguna
9. San Andrés Semetabaj
11. Santa Catarina Palopó
12. San Antonio Palopó
13. San Lucas Tolimán
14. Santa Cruz La Laguna
15. San Pablo La Laguna
16. San Marcos La Laguna
17. San Juan La Laguna
18. San Pedro La Laguna
19. Santiago Atitlán
Altitude: 5,238 feet (1,573 mts). Population: 14,000
Gringotenango or Pana, used to be a laid back hippie hangout set against beautiful
lake " Atitlan." Pana is the port of entry for most of the tourists to the lake and is not a
typical Guatemalan city. Like most beautiful places in the world, it is now filled with
resorts and hotels. The lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, a gem in its
natural beauty, rich in the traditional Indian life of the villages who live around it. The
lake is surrounded by three volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlan. Its 12 villages
around the lake make this place a wonderful experience. All the villages are worth
seeing, and some are most popular than others, like Santa Catarina Palopo, Santiago
Atitlan, San Pedro de la Laguna, Santa Cruz de la Laguna and San Marcos.
In Pana you have a big selection of accommodations, however in the high seasons like
Holy Week (Semana Santa) you will have to make reservations in advance.
Panajachel has many low Budget
Hotels. They might be kind of
rough with just a bed and a light
bulb and general bathrooms. They
are quite and cheap
and they all have hot showers.
Start looking along the Calle
HOTEL FONDA DEL SOL
HOTEL LAS CASITAS
Tel. 762-1162. Clean-Good
HOTEL MAYA KANEK
HOSPEDAJE LA ZANAHORIA CHIC
Ave Los Arboles
In front the public beach
In front the public beach
HOSPEDAJE SANTA ELENA
HOSPEDAJE VISTA HERMOSA
2a. Calle 15 Febrero 3-06
MINI HOTEL RIVA BELLA
HOSPEDAJE MARIO'S ROOMS
HOSPEDAJE VILLA MARTITA
HOSPEDAJE EL VIAJERO
POSADA SAN FRANCISCO
HOSPEDAJE SANTO DOMINGO
Callejón el Capulín
PENSION LA CHOSITA
Calle 14 de Febrero
Callejón Las Armonías # 2
HOTEL VILLA FLORES
CASA DE HUESPEDES
HOSPEDAJE CASA LOMA
CASA DE HUESPEDES SAN
Calle Rancho Grande
BUNGALOS DOS AMERICA
BUNGALOWS EL ROSARIO
0 Calle 2-96 Zona 3
Frente a Playa Pública
SERVICIOS TURISTICOS LOS
HOSPEDAJE ANEXO SANTA
3 Av. 5-51, Zona 2
Tel: 762-2367 Fax. 762-2367
MINI APARTAMENTOS BOHEMIA
1a. Calle Peatonal 3-71, Zona 1
HOSPEDAJE CASA LINDA
Av. Rancho Grande
Callejón el Capulin
Tel: 7762- 2070
HOSPEDAJE SAN VICENTE
HOSPEDAJE EL QUETZAL
1a. Av. 3-54, Zona 2
HOSPEDAJE RAMOS II
Calle Santa Catarina
Frente a la Playa Pública
HOSPEDAJE SANTA ANA
Calle del Chalí
Ave Los Arboles
HOTEL EL PALACIO MAYA
Barrio Jucanyá, Calle de los Salpores
HOTEL LA POSADA DE DOÑA
2a Calle B 1-47 Zona 2
5a. Calle 2-34, Zona 2
HOTEL POSADA DE CAMINO
1a. Calle B y Villa Principal Esquina
HOTEL SHALET CRISTINITA
Calle el Frutal, 1-79 Zona 2
Salida a Santa Catarina Palopó
contiguo Estadio Municipal
POSADA MONTE ROSA
HOSPEDAJE Y TIENDA SUEÑO AZUL
HOSPEDAJE SANTA ISABEL
Playa Pública, Callejón Ramos
HOSPEDAJE VILLA LUPITA
Callejón el Tino
Callejón del Pozo
HOTEL EL CENTRO
Calle Rancho Grande
3a Calle 3-28 Zona 2, Calle Pricipal
Panajachel has plenty of inexpensive restaurants all over the place, as well as many Luxurious ones, most of which
are in the first class Hotels.
Budget:El Bistro -- lovely restaurant with tables in the garden.
Middle: La Posada del Pintor Restaurant, excellent Pizza, live music every night from noon to midnight, very popular.
Ristorante la Lanterna at the Hotel Dos Puntos excellent Italian food on Calle Santander.
Budget La Laguna Restaurant on Main Street; inexpensive, serves Pepian, a typical Guatemalan dish.. El Cisne --
included on its menu is lake fish; good.
Deluxe: La Posada de Don Rodrigo Hotel offers an excellent Guatemalan cuisine; recommended.
Middle: El Chisme Restaurant and Casa Blanca offer high quality meals. Located on Main Street and Santander
Street. El Patio (Middle) on Calle Santander.
Deluxe: Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo offers delicious international and Guatemalan cuisine, and is a first class
restaurant. Hotel del Lago a restaurant with a lake view, great for dinners, as is the Hotel Lake Atitlan.
Middle: Rancho Los Gauchos, an Uruguayan restaurant on Calle Santander; good.
PASTRIES AND CAFETERIAS
Budget: The Deli Restaurant, excellent breakfast, waffles, pancakes and fruit plates, located on main street next to
Budget: Cafeteria Las Palmeras, On Calle Santander.
Budget: Hsieh serves good vegetarian plates. Also, Selvananda's. Both are located on the same street, Calle de los
Arboles, which is the same street as the famous restaurant Casa del Pintor. Restaurante El Dragon Serves excellent
vegetarian dishes, and all vegetables have being disinfected. The Bombay Restaurant offers Mid-East food, like
falafel, and pita bread, good.
WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN PANAJACHEL
HIKING: Hiking to the small villages around the lake is one of the most rewarding experiences. Of course, not all of
them can be reached on foot. Santa Catarina Palopo, a two hours' walk, offers a splendid view of the lake and
VOLCANO CLIMBING: Besides the hiking on the outskirts of the city, Pana has three volcanoes: San Lucas, Atitlán
and San Pedro. Only Atitlán and San Pedro are worth climbing. Just remember that it requires at least a one day trip
to climb each one. For serious Volcano climbers, to get pictures and detailed information, click here.
BIKING: There are several places to rent bicycles in Pana. Some are located on Calle Santander, the main street that
takes you to the lake (you won't miss them). Just remember, in Guatemala people don't use helmets.
BY BOAT: You need to take a boat to visit the fallowing surrounding villages of the lake. The boat departs at the end
of the Calle Santander, on the beach, just ask, everybody knows how to get there. To Santiago Atitlan it takes 1hr. and
the fare is about two dollars. It leaves from the pier in front of Hotel Tzanjuyu at the end of the beach. To San Pedro it
takes 1:10hr. fare about two to three dollars, and it is the same for San Marcos; travel time 50min. Santa Cruz recently
has become popular; it is only a 20min. ride and the fare is about $2.00. Locals pay less
SCUBA DIVING: La Iguana Perdida (Tel: 762-119) is the only one located in Santa Cruz de la Laguna town, that offers
this service. You need to be certified in order to enjoy this adventure and if you are not you still can have fun.
WINDSURFING: Guatemala has three great windsurfing spots: Lake Atitlán, Lake Izabal and Rio Dulce. The best
season is from October through May, with November and December being the windiest months.
KAYAKING AND CANOEING: For more information, check with La Iguana Perdída in Santa Cruz de la Laguna town Tel:
SHOPPING: This town is full of small shops on every corner. Many are set on the streets overnight. Here are some with
unique handcrafts that you will enjoy: Casa Alegre at Santander Street Tel: 762-2066, El Guipil. Tel: 762-1366
ART GALLERIES: La Galeria is a contemporary Indian art gallery located one street off of Santander street at the end
of the lake.
LEARN SPANISH :Travel can be much fun when you speak the language. We offer a Spanish School list for you to
PLACES OF INTEREST AROUND PANAJACHEL: There is also an ecological park "Buenaventura" as well as a
butterfly farm inside Hotel Atitlan within walking distance. Also, all the towns around the lake make your trip a wonderful
experience. Click here for the villages information.
TOURS: See list of recently tours and specials for Atitlan posted by several travel agencies.