Panajachel Tours and Vacation Packages
Panajachel is a town in the southwestern Guatemalan Highlands, located on the northeast shore of Lake Atitlán. The town has become popular with tourists on a Guatemala vacation because it provides the opportunity to cross the lake to visit neighbouring towns and villages.
In the 16th century, during the Spanish conquest of Guatemala, the shores of Lake Atitlán witnessed a great battle which saw the Kaqchikel people ally with the Spanish to defeat the Tz’utujil people. The result was that the Spanish were able to take over the area and quickly established a church and monastery thus Panajachel became a base for converting the local people to Roman Catholicism.
During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the town became increasingly popular with backpacking tourists and was one of the earliest stops on the famed “hippie trail”. Today this popularity continues but not just with backpackers on Guatemala vacations. Panajachel’s economy is primarily based on tourism.
Atitlán is a Mayan word that translates to “the place where the rainbow gets its colour”. This beautiful lake is best seen in the morning when the waters are calm and there isn’t too much traffic going across. Panajachel’s views are stunning with three volcanoes visible from anywhere along the lakefront. Reserva Natural Atitlán is near the outskirts of Panajachel and offers beautiful scenery as well as the opportunity to see on Guatemala vacations various types of monkeys, visit a butterfly farm, hike nature trails and for the more adventurous, canopying.
Guatemala Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to a Guatemala vacation.
Learn about the history and culture of Guatemala, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Guatemala's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips and our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Guatemala for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Guatemala tours today!
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