Lake Atitlan

Panajachel Travel Blog

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If i remember correctly, the bus ride from Antigua to Lake Atitlan was about 3 hours (give or take 30 minutes). The ride was pretty uneventful and i fell asleep a couple times. We passed through several small towns/villages one looking much like the next. Two things really stuck out to me tho. The first being how pretty the countryside was. The second being what i'd saw that was passing as the local laundromats. i'll estimate them being 10ftX20ft basins of water. ALL the women were coming and doing laundry by hand. I thought to myself, would probably suck to wash my clothes in the "same" stagnant water as the rest of the village.

Lake atitlan is ringed by about 12 or 13 towns. Panajachel can be considered a sort of gateway city.

Its the largest of the towns and usually where the tour buses take you when you visit the area. Our driver pulled up to the door of their local office and said, be back at 4 o'clock. At The main strip is lined with restaurants and shops for souvenirs. As with most central american countries i've been to, most shops all sold pretty much the same thing. That being the case, they were very willing to work with you on price.

Walk to the end of the street (waterfront) and you cant grab a boat to any of the other lake towns. The "captains" are more than happy to introduce themselves to around town and offer to transport you. Each of the lake towns are suppose to have its own particular identity. Whether it be for ceramics (pottery, etc), textiles (clothes, rugs, etc). I didnt visit any of the other towns so i cant comment further on them.

Panajachel has a pretty decent size market. Its sort of their version of walmart. Meats, electronics, toiletries and clothes were sold.

I walk around and chatted with the locals for awhile. I found a spot on the waterfront to grab some lunch. Shrimp, rice and black beans. The beans were mashed into a pudding and was really good. I wont soon forget how they brought out the bottled beverages. Each bottle came out wearing a little coat and hat. LOL

Milled around some more and back to Antigua i went. My hotel switch my room (they told me before hand) out of my plush suite to a standard room. It was fine too. My only complaint is that it was "IN" the dining area. So like 5ft from my door was some couple dressed up trying to have a nice dinner. Here I am in shorts, tank and flip flops going to use the computer.  Rested a little bit. Had a late dinner then to the bar for a drink.

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local laundromat. ill try to get …
local laundromat. i'll try to get…
hello lake atitlan
hello lake atitlan
the market
the market
one of the main drags
one of the main drags
outside a local museum
outside a local museum
look to the right (swimmers)
look to the right (swimmers)
look to the left (where all the bo…
look to the left (where all the b…
looking across the lake
looking across the lake
locak merchants
locak merchants
meson panza verde standard room
meson panza verde standard room
La Antigua Vinera
La Antigua Vinera
Panajachel
photo by: Biedjee