Thursday, 1 October 2009

Panajachel and Santa Catarina

Waiting for the chicken bus

I have spent a couple of days in Panajachel, which is one of the main tourist destinations in Guatemala. Located in the Highlands, it is set next to Lake Atitlan. It is said that this is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. I am not sure if it is the most beautiful but it is pretty spectacular, with two volcanoes towering on the shore.
Double click on panoramic pìc

Sadly the town has developed a little bit like Benidorm, throw in the touts pestering to sell you boat tickets to cross the lake and you get an idea.
One thing that is different here, than in other places like Thailand and especially India, is that when you say no thanks they tend to leave you alone. They don't try to get you to buy something by wearing you down.
The best thing to do when you are at Lake Atilan is to go to some of the smaller towns, like Santa Catarina, a small village a pick-up away from Panajachel, but a million miles in terms of development.
Church in Santa Catarina

Santa Catarina

If Panajachel is Benidorm, Santa Catarina is a secluded dreamy town on the Amalfi Coast or in Croatia, undamaged by rampant development.
I am now in Antigua and have come here to spend a few days with Sanghita.


  1. Fantastic panorama shot - that's one of the best you've done x

  2. Thank you, it is a pretty spectacular place

  3. There's an award waiting for you on my blog.

  4. Very interesting, I would like to move to Costa Rica, but first I need to find a lot and learn a little Spanish. Decide where to live is very difficult, personally I love the people from Costa Rica are very nice and the nature is amazing. In Costa Rica, one can enjoy lovely tropical beaches, the grandest adventures, the wonders of nature, brilliant and exciting culture and all the necessary components of an ideal vacation.