Lago de Atitlan – Shopping in Panajachel, Guatemala

The second half of our too-brief stint in Guatemala took place in Panajachel, the biggest town on the shores of the Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala’s largest crater lake.  The enormous blue expanse, ringed by cloud-topped volcanoes on every side, was impressive.

Lago de Atitlan
View from our hostel

There’s no end to boat trips, hikes, kayaking trips, and bike rides you can take from Panajachel (locals call it “Pana”) around the Lago de Atitlan.  There is also an endless street of craft stalls with (allegedly) the cheapest prices in Guatemala.  We took advantage and shopped a lot!

Lago de Atitlan shopping panajachel
Love all that color!

We definitely didn’t have enough time at Lago de Atitlan!  Next time we’ll have to explore the smaller villages surrounding the lake.  It was a great short visit though!


Lago de Atitlan

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Hotel Jere in Panajachel, Guatemala

Hotel Jere in Panajachel

Hotel Jere in Panajachel, located just a few blocks from the shores of the Lago de Atitlán, offers comfortable rooms at economical prices in Panajachel, Guatemala.  The rooms are large with colorful local wall decorations and clean floors.  Each room has a clean, private bathroom and WiFi internet.  From the roof there is a great view of the lake and nearby volcanoes.

Hotel Jere in Panajachel

One great thing about Hotel Jere is its location.  The lake is only a short walk away and there are good restaurants right out the front door.  Also, Panajachel is a great place to shop, with hundreds of local vendors setting up everyday.  Around Lake Atitlán there are huge amounts of outdoor activities for everyone.  The staff at reception can help set up your tours around the lake or can arrange shuttles to take you to other major tourist attractions in the region.

Whether staying a day or a week, Hotel Jere is a great place base your adventure.  The rooms are especially great for budget travelers, as you get a lot of bang for your buck.



Private bathrooms

Hot water


Tourist information and booking

Bike rental

Address: Calle Rancho Grande, 150 meters from the public beach



Prices (low season/high season):

Single – $9/$11

Double – $14/$16

Triple – $20/$22

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The Backpacker Trail Through Antigua, Guatemala

Backpacker Trail Through Antigua

As you may recall from Zach’s last entry, he was feeling pretty sickish during our time in Parque Nacional El Imposible.  Unfortunately, the day after our epic hike, I woke up with the same bug, and he woke up with the beginnings of a mysterious rash on his hands and feet.  So we were definitely in fine form when we got onto the backpacker trail through Antigua, the beginning of our brief stint in Guatemala.

The afternoon we pulled in, I did nothing but lie in bed and feel miserable.  What a lame-o.  The next morning I pulled myself together enough to walk around a tiny bit and take some uninspired picture of the old city.

Backpacker Trail Through Antigua
I think the Spanish really liked the color yellow.

Backpacker Trail Through Antigua

Backpacker Trail Through Antigua
The Cathedral

Backpacker Trail Through Antigua

Backpacker Trail Through Antigua

Every time we went into a church we had to sit down inside to rest.  This picture characterizes how we were feeling:

Backpacker Trail Through Antigua

Fortunately by the end of the day I was starting to feel much better.  Not so much for Zach.  His rash had spread to his face and was getting worse.  Stay tuned for his story of how we ended on the backpacker trail through Antigua…

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El Hostal Bed & Breakfast in Antigua, Guatemala

El Hostal Bed & Breakfast

What do you get when you combine great music, comfy beds, delicious breakfast, and a laid-back vibe, all in a renovated colonial mansion?  El Hostal Bed & Breakfast in Antigua, of course!  With it’s amazing eight-option free breakfast, this is the first “bed & breakfast” we’ve stayed at in South or Central America which is actually deserving of that title.

El Hostal Bed & Breakfast
Pancakes and fresh watermelon juice
El Hostal Bed & Breakfast
Antigueno breakfast

The hostel offers single, double, and spacious dorm rooms at a great value considering the free breakfast and free WiFi!  Beds are comfy, showers are hot, and the central courtyard boasts an awesome common area and bar.

El Hostal Bed & Breakfast

There is also a shared kitchen for eating on a budget, and a tour desk offering transport and guides for many Guatemalan excursions.  Only a few blocks from the Parque Central, El Hostal is conveniently located close to many of the city’s best restaurants, Spanish schools, and tourist sights.

Services Offered:


Shared kitchen

Book exchange

Postal Service

Cable TV

Security Lockers

Free breakfast

24 Hour Security and Reception

Tours and information

Luggage Storage

Address: 1 Avenida Sur #8, Antigua

Phone: 502 7832-0442



Dormitory or extra guest in private room: 80 Quetzals

Single: 130 Quetzals

Double: 240 Quetzals

Triple: 320 Quetzals

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