Panajachel is often nicknamed “Gringotenango” by locals due to the large numbers of tourists it gets annually, and it’s easy to see why it gets so much international attention. This beautiful hippie town has everything a laid back, nature/culture lovin’ expat could want.
The town is located on the shore of spectacular Lake Atitlán, and it provides a base for visitors crossing the lake to visit other towns and villages. The large volume of tourists give Panajachel an international appeal, though its small population of only around 11,000 maintains its tranquil charm.
Packed with hotels, restaurants and a happening nightlife scene, there’s always plenty to do here. The town also boasts a flurry of in-town and nearby attractions. There’re the museums: Museo Lacustre Atitlan, as well as Los Encuentros, a smaller private center dedicated to preserving the local Mayan culture. Not far away is the San Buenaventura Nature Reserve, an extensive tract dedicated to the preservation of flora and fauna native to the Lake basin eco-system.
Daily busses to and from Guatemala City make this chillin’ locale easily accessible, and all the smaller towns around the lake can be reached by boats which leave from Panajachel’s pier.
But imagine everyday encounters with indigenous shamans, painters, weavers and travelers, swims in the lake and that spectacular weather. We think you’ll want to stay.