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ATI Divers

In the nearby village of Santa Cruz La Laguna is ATI Divers. Diving in the lake is interesting as this is high altitude diving into a fresh water lake. Also, due to the fact the volcanic activity is present there are hot spots under the bed of the lake. At various points it is possible to feel the heat with your hands by digging them into the floor of the lake. The life in the lake consists of crabs, fish, snails and plants. ATI Divers do the PADI open water course for $220 over four days. PADI advanced is $200. Fun dives are $30/$50. They also do an altitude dive course for $80. Located on the same site and run by the same people is '''La Iguana Perdida'''.

DO   —  +502 5706-4117 —  Map

Hospedaje Sanchez

On the Calle el Chali, (''one block from the Calle Santander''). If you do not mind shared bathrooms, then this is an excellent place. It is clean, quiet, and comfortable. Cost is about US$5 per night. It is particularly nice to have an upstairs room, where the window on the back wall lets in gentle breezes from the lake. Great lake views from the roof. Convenient to the main road, but you will feel that you are deeply in Guatemala. The Sanchez family are very sweet people, who respect your privacy, but are willing to help you with anything.

SLEEP   —  +502 7762-2224 —  Map

Sunset Cafe

at the foot of Calle Santander. The tables are located in an open room with gorgeous views over the lake. Cuisine includes Mexican and International dishes. Come for the view, not for the food - it's not that good. Prices are mid-range, with entrees at Q30-40. Enjoy an exotic cocktail or a variety of beers from the bar. The menu notes that their vegetables are disinfected and they use purified water for drinking water and ice. Live Music every night of the week.

EAT   —  7762-0003 —  Map

Casa Cakchiquel

Built in 1948, Casa Cakchiquel was one of the first hotels on the lake and according to legend, Ernersto "Che" Guevara, Ingrid Bergman, and other intellectuals, artists, and writers enjoyed the house at its best. Today the house has been restored and features a fair trade store, rotating exhibits, and a vintage photo and postcard gallery. It is also home to organizations Thirteen Threads, Radio 5 and Restaurante Hana. Free WiFi

Las Tarrales Nature Reserve

A protected area with tourism and lodging. It goes nearly to the top of Volvan Atitlan. You can see an old coffee "benefacio", where freshly picked coffee is still processed. Many very rare birds have been spotted on the property, as well as a giant local species of bamboo that grows as big as telephone poles, with its feet in hot volcano water. Various lodging options, from doubles and triples to dorm rooms to camping.

SLEEP   —  +502 5919 8882 —  Map

Hotel Atitlan

62-room lakeside hotel with extensive, beautifully-designed gardens leading right up to the lake, an aviary with macaws, parrots, hummingbirds. The hotel lobby has a theme of antique Catholic wood carvings. The outdoor unheated pool offers a great view of the volcanoes. It's located about a five min walk from the Atitlan Nature Reserve and the butterfly sanctuary.

Marvelus Hostel

In center of town, curfew, bed linens included, free WiFi, large area, and living room. Credit cards not accepted. 9 pax group booking accepted. Standard twin private with shared bathroom): US$9 per person/night. Double bed private with shared bathroom US$9 per person/night. Standard dorm bed; 4-bed &amp' 8-bed mixed rooms US$6 per person/night.

Mario's Rooms

Calle Santander. (Feb 2011) Q80 per person/night for room with no shower (shared, not ensuite, and located at the ground floors—might be problematic if you ate at street stalls!), including breakfast, and drinking water. So friendly and helpful. A beautiful courtyard, nice rooms. Free WiFi, albeit a slow but adequate connection.

SLEEP   —  +502 7762-1313 —  Map

Boat Tours

Private boat tours to explore the more remote areas of the lake, or for private transportation to any area of the lake. Maximum capacity 8 passengers. Travel in affordable luxury. Ideal for birdwatching, visiting the geothermal hot springs, or just for a swim in the middle of the lake.[]

DO   —  5359-8328 —  Map

Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan

Surrounded by an old coffee plantation. 10 houses offer double rooms, or units with double rooms, living and dining rooms plus a fully equipped kitchen. It is flanked by two rivers, has a private beach and it is only a 4 min walk to the Atitlán Nature Reserve.

Las Chinitas

Serving delicious Chinese, Japanese, and Malaysian food in a variety of combinations. On one night the crowd was almost entirely foreigners, with a folk band of gringos playing 60's and 70's American hits. They use purified water for vegetables and drinking.

La Palapa

Provides wi-fi to customers. Q10 Cuba Libres, beer, and tequila during happy hour in addition to daily specials. They also feature live music, trivia, and weekend BBQs. A hostel recently opened on site, ask on of the staff members for details.

Hotel Miralrio

Free WiFi, cable TV, private restrooms and a garden with all kind of flowers and trees. Clean rooms and secured private parking, , rooms have direct view to the lake and volcanoes, staff is friendly and speak some English

SLEEP   —  +502 7762-2291 —  Calle El Amate

Grand Hotel

Calle Principal, ]. Can get busy at weekends due to an influx of visitors from Guatemala City, this hotel has comfortable rooms, a beautiful garden, free WiFi, swimming pool, and restaurant.

SLEEP   —  +502 7762-2940 —  Map

Circus Bar

Av Los Arboles (only a few steps from Calle Principal). The best pizza in Guatemala. Typically features live bands at night on weekends. Well-known place, now with another branch in Antigua.

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Hotel El Sol

Very clean, quiet and comfortable hotel. It's a bit of a walk from the centre of the town, but well worth it for the free WiFi, (small) hot tub, kitchen and sushi restaurant.

Hospedaje Linda

Nice, clean and friendly place. Not very social but fabulous hosts. Water from shower head was hot & bathroom reasonably clean. Garden in centre court was lush & gorgeous.

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Solomon's Porch

The Porch is an internet Cafe and restaurant with live music on the weekends. It also has Pana's best projection cinema with over 500 original movie DVD's to choose from.

Cafe-Bar above Tierra Maya Tours

Provides wi-fi to customers. 2-for-1 Cuba Libres (rum, coke & lime wedge) for 25Q & Black Russians (blanco y negro) for 30Q (on 9 Dec 2011).

DRINK   —  7762-6076 —  Calle Santander


A mid-scale hotel right in the middle of Panajachel. Renovated in 2000, most of the rooms are on the second floor. Around US$40 per night.

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Reserva Natural Atitlan

12 min walk from Panajachel proper, the Nature Reserve has units surrounded by nature with private deck and a campground with bathrooms.

Restaurante Hana

Serves traditional Japanese dining in a beautiful, authentic Japanese restaurant. Located inside the historic Casa Cakchiquel.

hotel jere

Calle rancho grande. Q75 pp per night for room with shower, private room, WiFi, and they arrange tour around the atitlan lake

SLEEP   —  +502 7762 2781 —  Map

Cameron Cottage

A charming 1 BR cottage, with living room, galley kitchen, volcano view. Rent includes cable and utilities. Maid extra.

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Ricassoli Pizza Steak House

Cuisine: Italian/Traditional Guatemalan. Provides a delicious typical breakfast plate for only 18Q! (Dec 10, 2011)

EAT   —  5770-3100 —  Calle Santander

Sha Ryan Ka

A meditative place a 10 min boat ride from the bustle of Panajachel. Hot showers and kitchenettes in all units.

SLEEP   —  +502 5157 0707 —  Map

Atitlan Solutions

Also providing an option for long term vacation rentals (week/month/year).

The Last Resort

Clean, quiet neighborhood place. Good food, good size portions.

EAT   —  calle 14 de Febrero

La Terrazza

Edificio Rincon Sai, Calle Santander. - Very good food!

EAT   —  7762-0041 —  Map

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