Panajachel Travel Blog› entry 2 of 9 › view all entries
The town Panajachet is located right on lake Atitlan. Upon arriving in this town which is small but for it's size extremely popular and busy without being hectic, you will notice the the street which takes you to the lake is the happening plca and at night changes over to a vendors of all kind market of great food and self proclaimed artist. It is there where I bought my favorite hand crafted scorpio necklace which I wear very proudly. i was also the place that I saw these 2 ladies behind a small cart making the worlds best Ceviche, which had octopus, snails, scallops, shrimps, avocado and salsa among a few more ingredients in it. It peeked my interest since I am a seafood lover and had never seen it made with octopus, scallops and snails before.
Away from the main and fun street is the walkway along the lake. Safe to walk on with a great viev of the 3 surrounding volcanoes. these place is slow at night but has nice affordable restaurants with great views serving nice meals. here also are many vendors and great street food to find. the edge of the water is lined with boats that will take you around the lake but mostly will take you neighboring towns that also face this lake. There are about a half a dozen towns, one which is quite a bit of hippie holland style, so if smoking is your thing, you'll feel rirht at home. Even if it is not, i'll still advive you to take a day or so to convas out.
Ok, Loren and I are ready to challenge ourself again after seeing a poster on a window advertising paragliding. with loren having a great fear of hights, I find it amazing that she is more than determined to do this without hesitation. Our pilot was a Canadian, totally chill out dude that came to pick us up. We drove about 45 minutes from town to what was a great spot to jump off. Well it's actually not jumping off. as you put your harness on and start running, the parachule is starting to lift off. Making it much harder for you to run and before to get to the edge of the cliff your parachule is lifting you off the groung and you are suddenly flying away off the cliff. What you feel at the monent you take off is unbelieveble.
We were here for about 4 days and I am very happy to experience this place. We are heading north to San Cristobal. New years eve wasn't the worlds best but it still beats being in your own town. Tomorrow we leave Guatemala with lots of great and fond memories.