Panajachel Travel Blog› entry 10 of 21 › view all entries
This day we had a long bustrip, from Mexico to Guatemala. It took some time to cross the hectical border between these 2 countries. When we finally drove into this country, we quickly were surprised how green Guatemala was. It has forrests who hardly have been touched by the Guatemalan indian people, and is so pure. It also meant the bus could not drive very fast. It was already late when we arrived in Panajachel.
Panajachel is a town in the southwestern Guatemalan Highlands. It serves as the administrative centre for the surrounding municipality of the same name. The altitude is 5,238 feet (1,597 m). The population is 11,142. The town of Panajachel is located on the shore of the beautiful Lake Atitlán, and has become a centre for the tourist trade of the area as it provides a base for visitors crossing the lake to visit other towns and villages. The town attracted many hippies in the 1960s, but the numbers of foreign visitors decreased during the civil war. After the war ended, tourists started coming back, and Panajachel's economy is once again primarily based on tourism. The town is nicknamed Gringotenango ("place of the gringo") by some, in reference to the number of tourists who visit and the foreigners who choose to live in Panajachel, but most people call it Pana for short. Still it has it's liberal climate. We stayed for one day, to be honest much to short because it is a very pleasant place to relax and rest out for a few days!