Tour of Panajachel, Guatemala

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Another highlight of our trip was our tour of Panajachel, Guatemala. Growing up as a missionary kid, my family used to go to Panajachel once or twice a year to rest. The mission had a property that could be used for missionaries and other Christian workers. I loved this time we had as a family–without television and phones–to connect through conversation and card games.

Tour of Panajachel, Guatemala (video)

We ended up going on another boat ride to Santiago, which is right across the lake. This was the only lake town I ever visited as a child, so it was fun to go on the longer boat ride a few days before with my friend Christie’s family. Each town is unique and beautiful in its own way.

Guatemala is famous for its volcanoes, and Lake Atitlán is surrounded by them! Here is a picture of my family in front of a volcano:

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The lake reflects the blue of the sky, and it is tranquil until the late afternoon winds. As a child, I would sit on an inner tube, waiting for a boat to come by and make some waves.

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Through the clear water on the shore you can see pebbles and rocks, which is why we wore flip-flops when entering the water. When I was a kid, I would collect different-colored rocks and seashells along the shore.

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We walked through Panajachel and realized that the town has grown in size and become more commercial, especially along the lake shore. It used to be that there were no shops on the shore of the lake. Now there are several rows of shops and restaurants crammed along the entire length of the shore, sometimes on stilts.

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Each of the places we stopped had many booths filled with typical Guatemalan cloth and souvenirs. Shopping at Guatemalan markets is fun because you are able to bargain with them about the price. If you have white skin, people think you are rich, so they start the price higher than what they are expecting you to pay. If you think the price is too much, you can offer a more reasonable price.

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When leaving Panajachel, you must stop along the mountain and take pictures because the natural beauty of the area is breathtaking! This was a wonderful conclusion to our Guatemala Adventure!

Did you miss our previous Guatemala Adventure posts?

  1. Our Guatemala Adventure
  2. Río Dulce Boat Ride
  3. Tour of San Felipe Castle, Guatemala
  4. Tour of Tikal, Guatemala
  5. Tour of Flores, Guatemala
  6. Tour of Cobán, Guatemala
  7. Coffee Plantation Zipline Tour
  8. Meeting Our Compassion Child in Guatemala
  9. SETECA Seminary, Guatemala
  10. Tour of Antigua, Guatemala
  11. Lake Atitlán Boat Ride

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16 Responses to “Tour of Panajachel, Guatemala”

  1. andrea says:

    I love that lake – it’s so peaceful-looking and calm

  2. Neva says:

    So beautiful! Much as I love my job, I have to say that I could really go for a vacation overseas just now. 🙂

  3. Heather says:

    How serene! Thanks for the virtual tour. I loved listening to the birds, the waves, the rain, and the water falls. Just the sound of them all made me breathe a little deeper. And it was nice to visit a different part of the world.

  4. Char says:

    Guatemala is beautiful. That must have been so much fun to take your children back to where you were as a child. Thanks for sharing with us Susan!!

  5. Katie says:

    Absolutely breathtaking photo of the lake!!!

  6. Alice Mills says:

    I think rich is a relative term when dealing with Guatemalan store keepers!

  7. Kristina says:

    Beautiful! I would never think to travel here, but now I want to! Your pictures are gorgeous.

  8. Kristi says:

    It’s so beautiful! What is that little hut in the water for?

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