Panajachel, the lake, the parade

Panajachel Travel Blog

 › entry 3 of 6 › view all entries
This is my hotel, my room is on the left.
I arrived at around 3 PM and took a Tuc Tuc, it is a taxi on a motorcycle that sits 1 or 2 people. The cost 5Q, I asked him to take me to a hotel in front of the water with views but not very expensive. He took me to Hotel Casa Ramos, 150 Q . 20 dlls, the address was calle de la playa publica.  The employes spoke Mayan among themselves and Spanish with me. The language probably was Quiche, one of the many Mayan languages.
I liked the room and the view. There were other places for much less money, from 40Q.  I was really comfortable and my view of the lake was just what you see on the pictures.
I ate in a restaurant at the border of the lake next to my hotel.
Lake Atitlan, picture taken form my room, I ate in the restaurant with the red roof.
Food was from 35 to 40 Q. My bill came to 59Q for food, drinks and tip, about $7.70 dll. I enjoyed the view and the food. The other people there were Guatemalans, not foreign tourists. I walked through all the town, had for supper a delicious cup of hot chocolate, it rained and I took another TucTuc back to the hotel.
I had breakfast next day at the market with the locals, my typical beans with freshly made tortillas, mush (The oatmeal drink) and one avocado. It came to 2Q for the mush, 3Q for one avocado, 2Q for beans and tortillas and and 3Q for a fresh orange juice. That was 10Q, $1.30 Dollar. I enjoyed my breakfast and the walk from the hotel to the market. There was a parade and I watched it. I took some pictures. The radio covered the parade in both languages, Spanish and another Mayan.
Then I took a touristic minivan for $5 dlls from Panajachel to Antigua instead of taking the bus, I wanted to try also this form of transport. It was supposed to be direct and more comfortable. Of course more expensive. I used the company "Universal", which was the one that offered the best price. There were many others but charged much more. I left at 10:30 AM.

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
This is my hotel, my room is on th…
This is my hotel, my room is on t…
Lake Atitlan, picture taken form m…
Lake Atitlan, picture taken form …
Lake Atitlan, picture taken from m…
Lake Atitlan, picture taken from …
Lake Atitlan, picture taken from m…
Lake Atitlan, picture taken from …
Lake Atitlan, picture taken from m…
Lake Atitlan, picture taken from …
Lake Atitlan, taken from the resta…
Lake Atitlan, taken from the rest…
Lake Atitlan from the restaurant
Lake Atitlan from the restaurant
Panajachel parade
Panajachel parade
Panajachel parade
Panajachel parade
Panajachel parade
Panajachel parade
Panajachel parade
Panajachel parade
Panajachel parade
Panajachel parade
Panajachel
photo by: Biedjee