Sunday, September 26, 2010

R and R Oct 16 - Panajachel

Content taken from Allan's e-mail

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 16 we will be traveling to Panajachel and staying at Hotel Kakchiquel for one night.

Panajachel is a community of 14,000 at an altitude of 5238 feet. Located in the Guatemalan Highlands it provides breathtaking views of three volcanoes that accents what is said to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

Panajachel is the doorway to Lake Atitlan ‘s indigenous villages Santiago Atitlan, Santa Catarina Palopo, San Pedro, San Marcos and Santa Cruz to name a few.

During the period of Spanish conquest the shores of this lake were the scene of great battles in which the Spanish defeated the Tzutujils. The Spanish set up a church and monastery in Panajachel soon afterward and used the town as a centre for converting the Indians to the Catholic faith. The original façade of the church still stands is a significant representation of the colonial architecture in Guatemala.

Panajachel or Pana as it is called by locals is a town full of interesting sights, sounds, and smells. The town has numerous hotels and is full of restaurants and interesting night spots. We will visit Panajachel’s busy market street (Calle Santander) a great place to pick up a souvenir or two.

Map of Panajachel

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