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Dock at Jaibalito, Lake Atitlan

Dock at Jaibalito, Lake Atitlan

Hotels in Panajachel

Panajachel has a population of about 15,000 with the most percentage of Kachiquel Mayans on the Lake. Altitude is 1597 meters. Pana is the most developed town in the Lake Atitlan area. It has a larger Expat community than the other towns and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are many hotels, restaurants, a large supermarket and a colorful Maya day market. There is a selection of NGO's for volunteering opportunities.





Private tours of towns around Lake Atitlan with Samuel Gonzales, Tele: 402. 4133. 2912

Alta Vista furnished apartments, 14th floor with amazing view of the lake. Parking, pool, Jacuzzi, gardens. Email:

Bungalows El Aguacatal, Calle de las Buenas Nuevas, Panachel, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala, Tele: 502. 3454. 0753 Wifi, parking, Cable TV.

Casa Colonial Nine rooms, Tele: 502. 7762. 0743, Calle Monterrey 3-39, Website:  Panajachel.

Casa Texel Hotel, 2da. Avenida 5-52, Zona 2, Calle Rancho Grande, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala. Tele: 502. 7762. 1712, / 502. 7762. 2076 Email:  Rooms have a kitchen

Corazon del Lago Hotel Boutique, Calle del Embarcadero 0-56, zona 2, Panajachel, Solola. Tele: 7762. 0025 Email:

El Chaparral Hotel & Travel Agency, Final Calle Santander, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala Tele: 7762. 2611. Comfortable rooms, Cable TV, parking, heated pool, Wifi.

Hotel Atitlan, finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala. Tele: 502. 7762. 1441 / 7762. 2060 Email: 

Hotel Chinimaya Calle Chinimaya, Avenida Rancho Grande, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala. Tele: 502. 7762. 0142 Email: Clean rooms, includes breakfast

Hotel Dos Mundos, Panajachel, Calle Santander, 4-72, Zona 2. Tele: 7762. 2078. Email: Pool, parking, laundry, gardens, Cable TV, security boxes, travel agency, conference room.

Hotel Fonda del Sol, Calle Principal 1-74, Zona 2 Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Tele: 7762. 1162. Email: 15 Comfortable rooms, Parking, laundry, garden.

Hotel Jardines del Lago Calle Monterrey, Panajachel, Tele: 502. 7762.6114-15, international restaurant, water sports, internet, parking.

Hotel Jere Avenida Rancho Grande, 150 meters from the public beach, Panajachel, Guatemala. Email: Private bath, hot water, Cable TV, WiFi, covered parking, laundry service, Travel agency.

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Hotel Playa Linda, Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Tele: 502. 7762. 0096 / 97. Website: Comfortable rooms with fireplace, Cable TV, internet, swimming pool, gardens beautiful lake views.

Hotel Primavera, Calle Santander, understated elegance in the heart of Panajachel. Wifi. Tele: 7762. 2052 Email: 

Cayucos sitting at the edge of the lake

Cayucos sitting at the edge of the lake

Hotel Real Santander, 3a Avenida 3-45 Zona 2, Calle Santander, Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Tele: 7762. 2915 / 17,  Email:  Comfortable rooms, Cable TV, parking, laundry.

VIDEO - Maya Lady Washing Clothes Fresh, running water is a new convenience to these Maya women living around Lago Atitlan. For them, this is modern living. 

Hotel Regis is located about halfway down Santander. A selection of decent rooms, a restaurant and probably its best feature is the volcanic water hot tubs. If you are a guest at the hotel, the tubs and Maya sauna are free. You can pay to visit the hot tubs, but the deal is to purchase a monthly membership for them. Good value. The water is changed daily in the mornings and can be very hot. Other times, you must ask the attendant to heat up the pools for you. Natural hot spring fed.

Hotel Utz Jay, Calle 15 de Febrero 2-50, zona 2 Panajachel, Tele: 502. 7762. 0217. Email: and Website: Free WiFi, shuttle services, Jacuzzi, Laundry.

Jenna's River Bed and Breakfast At Casa Loma in Panajachel, Guatemala. Jennifer Bigman, owner. Email: Tele: 502. 5458. 1984 / 502. 7762. 1447.   

Kakchiquel Hoteles 90 rooms, 10 junior suites,  internet, TV, Cable, Telephone, swimming pool, jacuzzi. Avenida Santander and Calle Monterey, Avenida Santander and Calle Los Tigres, Panajachel. Tele: 7762.0634, 7762.0815-16, 7762.1312,  Email:

Korean Coffee Shop - Cafe Loco located on Santander. Hot spot for young travelers, good coffee.

Lake Atitlan Spa offers customized personal retreats for body, mind, spirit. 100% off-grid, private boat only access. 5 star accommodations and affordable elegance. Innovative Avesa Quantum Spa Treatments. All inclusive Wellness Programs with delicious food. Website:

Lakeside Luxury Vacation Villas B'Alam Ya Lakeside between Panajachel and Santa Catarina Palopo Tele: 502. 7762. 2522 or 7955. 8282 Website:

La Posada de Don Jose Up from the day market 2a Avenida, Calle Principal 3-49, Zona 1, Panajachel. Tele: 502. 7762. 2176 or 7762. 2630 / 31 or /33. Clean rooms, garden setting.

Los Arboles Apart-Hotel, Avenida de los Arboles 0-42, Zona 2, Panajachel, Atitlan Tele: 502. 762. 0544 / 45 / 47 / 48 email: Apartments with kitchenettes, laundry available, solarium, Cable TV    

Rancho Grande Inn, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala, The best Bed & Breakfast. Tele: 502. 7762. 2255. Email:

Panajachel Restaurants, Bars, Miscellaneous

Atlantis Restaurant Cafe, Music Pub Open daily 7 a.m. to midnight. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, chicken, pasta, meats, fish, subs, sandwiches, vegetarian specials, Happy Hour, more. Calle Principal, Panajachel

Batres Farmacia is a chain of pharmacies you will find all over Guatemala the one in Panajachel is located on Calle Principal, near Chalo's grocery store. You can order many of your medicines from them if they do not have them in stock.

Beauty Salon - Salon de Belleza y Spa Avenida de los Arboles next to the Circus Bar, Panajachel. Tele: 502. 5958. 7722 or 3497. 9033 Email:

Ceviche stands are located throughout Panajachel. We have tried several and all seem to be pretty good. Freshly made and a good value.

Chalos Grocery Store is located on Calle Principal at the corner and intersection where La Dispensa Grocery Store is located. Currently its newly renovated building is yellow and is hard to miss. Has some great local chocolate, decent meat and cheese selection as well as a wine and liquor selection. Panajachel.

Circus Bar and Restaurant on Avenida de los Arboles. Open noon to midnight. Live music. Take out Tele: 502. 5503. 0708 Tele to restaurant: 502. 7762. 2056, Panajachel.  Website: Email: Great pizzas, meats, salads.

Computer Repair 8th Avenue 7-63, Zona 2 Solola, Telephone: 5012.7933

Computer Repair Av. De Los Arboles, El Pueblito Local No.1 Panajachel, Cell: 4274. 5467 Tele/Fax 7762. 1759 email: Speak with Alvaro Buch, English spoken.

Crossroads Cafe Michael and Adele Roberts, 0-27 Calle del Campanario, Panajachel. Email: Website: Great coffee, good pastries, friendly people.

Waiting for a lancha in San Marcos

Waiting for a lancha in San Marcos

La Dispensa is the largest grocery store in Panajachel. It is located on the road out to Jucanya where Chalo's Grocery store is on the corner. La Dispensa has pretty much anything you could want for the basics of living. Try their fresh roasted whole chickens.

Farmacia in Gran Plaza Asis There is a pharmacy on the second floor of this little plaza just a stone's throw from the Maya Day Market. Has the best prices in town.

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Guajimbo's Restaurante y Parrillada Uruguaya Salads, beef, chicken, fish, soups, pastas, burgers, beer, wine, coffee, fruit juices. Excellent dishes, try the Pollo Parmesano. Portions are huge. Closed Thursdays. Located on Santander. Panajachel.

Jabel Tinamit Spanish School Avenida de  Los Arboles y Callejon Las Armonias. Tele: 502. 3033. 7137 or 7762. 6056 Email: Website: 4-6 hours per day, 5 days/week Local Family Homestay available, Volunteer opportunities. One-on-one online spanish Lessons.

Japanese Food Home Delivery Selection of 9 different dishes, sushi and tempura freshly made and delivered to your address. Husband and wife team. They speak Japanese, a little Spanish (enough to order and deliver) and no English. Tele: 502. 5431. 5719. Panajachel.

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Kukulkan Travel Lake adventure tours, climb the volcano, live with a Mayan family. guided boat or bicycle tours. Tele: 502. 5755. 7030 or 7762. 2781. Website: Panajachel near tourism police and Hotel Jere.

Kitsch Cafe/Bar on Santander in Panajachel. Good coffee, truffles, breakfast, German pastries, wine bar, beer, restaurant. Tele: 502. 7762. 0821 or 5711. 2050

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Magic Travel Agency Avenida Santander, Zona 2, Panajachel. Ricardo Montoya, Tele: 502. 5978. 1280 or 502. 7762. 0963. Email: Website:

Maya Day Market is located up at the top of Calle Principal where the road intersects  to go to Godinez. Great variety in fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, dry goods, clothing, shoes, belts, tipico shops and has a couple of restaurants located throughout the market. Saturdays and Sundays the market spills out into the street. Panajachel.

Notary and Lawyer - T. Marleny Churunel Hernandez, 1a Calle 4-18 zona 2, Santa Elena 1 Panajachel, Solola Guatemala Tele: 502. 7762. 2727 or 502. 5345. 5499.

Pollo Campero at intersection of Santander and Calle Principal. Has decent salads and pizza in a pinch for 40Q. Other offerings. Panajachel.

Restaurante Hana Japanese food located in Panajachel on Calle 14 de Febrero. Tele: 502. 4298. 1415. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. Garden setting. Open Noon to 9 pm.

Sandra's Grocery Store is located on Calle Principal and is currently a brightly painted yellow building. It is a little pricey, but has the best cheese, meat, wine, liquor, and imported goods selection in Panajachel. They have great submarine sandwiches. A second smaller location, is on Santander, across from the school.

Santander Street is filled with restaurants of various sorts, hotels, bars, coffee shops, small grocery stores, telephone shops, computer repair shops and tipico shops. You will find a bookstore near Chinitas Restaurant if you like paperback books. 

Tecno Mundo Everything for your computer including repairs. Panajachel: Avenida Santander 4-05 Local B. Zona 2, Tele: 502. 7762. 0841. Solola: 7 Avenida 9-05 Zona 2, Tele: 502. 7762. 5251. Santiago, Atitlan: 3 A Avenida 2-09 Zona 3, Tele: 502. 7721. 7995

The Book Store & The Tropical Travel Agency Over 4,000 books, Atitlan's best book store.  Lake tours, climb volcanoes, Mayan ceremonies, local hikes. Central Comercial El Patio next to La Chinita Restaurant. Santander in the center of town, Panajachel. 





Tipico Shops are shops that sell local Guatemalan goods, weaving, beaded items, pillow cases, fabric, Huipiles. There are several shops located in the Maya Day Market and many stands are set up all along the main street of Santander. You will find some very good quality of work. Don't be afraid to bargain.

Tuscani Restaurant Final Calle Santander, Panajachel. Great Italian food and fresh dishes, meats, pastas, chicken, fish. Tele: 502. 7762. 1051 or 5515. 5252 Email: Chef/owner Walter.

Ulsan Italian Restaurant and Pizzaria located on Santander behind Cafe Kitsch. Home delivery. Tele: 502. 7762. 2338. Panajachel.

Lots of private docks around Lake Atitlan

Lots of private docks around Lake Atitlan

Transportation: Buses, Lanchas & Shuttles

A Viajar Guatemala Travel Agency Door to door shuttles LOCATED IN ANTIGUA No. 20 7th Avenue North. Tele: 502. 7832. 9207 or 4145. 8494. For 24 hours 502. 5454. 6200 Shuttles all over Guatemala with connections to El Salvador, Leon, Belize, Costa Rica, Copan, Honduras. Email:

MITASFA Shuttle Service, From Panajachel to Antigua and Guatemala City, Chichicastenango Market Day, and eleven other cities including Mexico and Honduras. Manuel is the owner, Email: or Tele: 502. 5448. 9886 also 502. 7762. 0556.

Onvisa Guatemala Tours and packages LOCATED IN ANTIGUA 6a. Calle Poniente #40. Tele: 502. 5226. 3441 or 5649. 4290. For 24 hours 502. 4823. 4975 or 4823. 4975 Shuttles all over Guatemala plus El Salvador, costa Rica, Belize, Mexico. Email:

Chicken buses from Panajachel to Guatemala City, Xela, Santiago and other towns running very often andleaving from the Main Bus Stop, next to Comercial Dorada at top of Calle Santander or frequent buses along main highway. To Antigua, take a Guatemala City Bus and change buses in Chimaltenango. Ther are also Pullmann Buses, ask in the travel agencies.

San Pedro Chicken Buses leaving on the main road in front of the Catholic church in the center. If you are coming from San Marcos, they make stops in San Juan and in San Pablo.

San Pedro to Guatemala City (4 hours) Monday - Saturday a.m.: 3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10--12p.m.- 1:30-2p.m. (last). Only Monday morning, first bus at 2 a.m. Sunday a.m. 6-7-8---10--12p.m. - 1 - 1:30 - 2 p.m. (last).

San Pedro to Xela (Quetzaltenango, 2.5 to 3 hours): Monday to Saturday a.m. 4:45 - 5:45 - 6:30 - 10:30 - 11 Sunday, 6 a.m. Pullmann Buses: 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (last) also Sundays.

San Pedro to Santiago (1 hour) whole week: 6 a.m./12:30 p.m.

San Pedro to Antigua Take bus to Guate City CHANGE in Chimaltenango (3 hours) to Antigua Buses, another 1/2 an hour.

For Shuttles to the airport, Antigua, Monterrico and other travel spots or private transport you need to ask in the travel agencies.

Tuk tuks San Pedro 5Q in the village. To San Juan 10Q per person. Panajachel, 5Q per person, sometimes more to go to Jucanya. Ask driver before getting in. Antigua, 10Q per one tuk tuk, weekends, 15Q. Nights are more expensive.

Lanchas from Panajachel to San Pedro 25Q. First boat leaves at 6 a.m., then you need to wait for 12 people to fill the boat in order to leave. Some boats go along the shore passing by every village (a nice 1 hour tour) and others are "directo" - straight to San Pedro. You need to ask. Different towns along the lake are different prices. Santiago is 25Q. Last boats to leave are at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Lanchas from San Pedro to Panajachel 25Q. First boat leaves around 8 a.m., then you need to wait for 12 people to fill the boat in order to leave. Last boat at 5 p.m.

Lanchas along the shore First boat at 6 a.m., then every 20 minutes until 5 p.m. To San Marcos, 10Q, to Santa Cruz, 20Q, to Panajachel, 25Q.

Lanchas from San Pedro to Santiago 25Q. First boat leaves at 6 a.m., then every hour, last boat at 5 p.m. In Santiago, ask about the last boat to San Pedro. There are times during the day when the boats don't go. Last lancha at 5 p.m.

Private Lancha, $50USD. Ask the Lancheros or tourist guides.

Garden restaurant in San Marcos

Garden restaurant in San Marcos

San Juan La Laguna

Population about 11,000 with altitude 1562 meters. 95% of the population is Tz'utujil Maya with a small percentage of Kachiquel Maya. This town is famous for agriculture, textile and weaving work with natural dyes. Tourism isn't as developed here, so San Juan offers an authentic Maya experience.

Artisan Chocolate Ix B'atz' The best cacao beans to make a delicious artisan chocolate. Make your own chocolate bar or chocolate drink.

B&B "Las Buganvillas" Adobe bungalows, rooms with private bath and breakfast. WiFi KM 173 between San Pablo and San Juan. Tele: 502. 5019. 8206 Email:

Casa Flor de Ixcaco hand spun textiles This is the first and the original women's group that works with the hand spun cotton using old, traditional techniques. Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservation Tele: 502. 5822. 7541. Website: Email: or

ECO Hostel Mayachik  Dorms, bungalos, cabanas. Vegetarian restaurant open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Website:

El Artesano Vinos y Quesos Excellent and famous Wine and Cheese bar. Reservations only. Open Monday - Friday Noon to 4pm. Tele: 502. 4555. 4773 or 3028. 4351

El Artesano Chocolateria A few meters above the El Artesano Vinos y Quesos Restaurant you will find this chocolateria with great coffees, cappucino and truffles.

San Marcos

Population is about 3,000 and elevation is 1460 meters. Named "spiritual heaven" it is famous for all things spiritual: meditation, yoga, massage centers, alternative therapies and more. There is a variety of relaxing garden restaurants.

East-West Center Holistic Therapies, Courses, Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic counseling. Tele: 502. 3257. 0562. Facebook: east west center atitlan.

Holistic Cottage Full body Massage, Creative energy work, Kinesiology, Reflexology Eriki, Hot Stone Massage, Creative Pain Release, Bach Flower Consultations. Tele: 502. 3183. 7662 Website: Email:

Hotel Paco Real has a trip-advisor certificate for 2013, rooms with a private bath, dormitories and a sauna in a beautiful quiet garden area. Website:

Hotel Posada del Bosque Encantado Comfortable, beautiful, rustic hotel in a quiet jungle garden with sauna and campfire. Bosque Cafe has vegetarian, non vegetarian and gourmet tipico food. On the path to Tienda 2012. Website:

Maya Moon Lodge - excellent prices in an exotic setting.

Paco Real Restaurant. Mexican and Italian food. Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Tienda 2012 has the town's top shopping and works with many Maya co-ops and local artesans.

Viviendas Xecujil Ecological bungalows for rent Barrio 3, Tele: 502. 5865. 5633. Email:

San Antonio Palopo

There is both a weaving cooperative and a pottery cooperative to attract tourists. Has a stunning view of the sunsset from the white church in the center of town.

Tosa La Laguna Boutique Hotel and Spa Tele: 502. 5198. 3234 Email: 5 star chef makes vegetarian meals. Day spa deals, overnight rooms.





Santa Catarina Polopo

Casa Polopo km 6.8, Santa Catarina Polopo, Tele: 502. 7762. 2270, Website: Nine unique accommodations, international cuisine, overlooking Lake Atitlan. Villa with infinity pool, butler service.

Santa Cruz La Laguna

A charming village with a women's cooperative that supports the school.

La Casa Rosa Hotel & Restaurante, Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Tele: 5803. 2531, / 5416. 1251, / 4912.4786 Email: Lake front, private doc, hot water, beautiful garden, sauna. Asian food and happy hour.

La Iguana Perdida Hotel and Restaurant Website: Tele: 502. 5706. 4117

CECAP Centro de Capacitacion, or Center for Training trade school, commonly referred to as CECAP. Amigos de Santa Cruz Foundation, started in 1998, and private donations fund the school and the school officially opened in the fall of 2010 to the residents of Santa Cruz. The school features a computer lab, craftsman workshop, culinary area and numerous classrooms. The school aims to educate and empower the residents of the village. Worth a visit to eat at the restaurant, Cafe Sabor Cruceno which is run by culinary graduates of the school.

Everything you might want in San Pedro

Everything you might want in San Pedro

Santiago Atitlan

This town sits on a bay in Lake Atitlan between two volcanoes: Volcan San Pedro and Volcan Toliman. It has an elevation of 1,556 meters. The majority of the residents are Tz'utujil Maya.

Posada de Santiago Hotel & Restaurant, pool, sauna, hot tub. Santiago, Atitlan. Tele: 7721. 7366. 

Hotel Tzanjuyue Rooms with private and public bathrooms, hot water. Located in Santiago Atitlan. Tele: 502. 4286. 3699 or 5590. 7980. Owned by Diego Pablo Coquix.

San Pedro La Laguna

Population is about 14,000 and elevation is 1610 meters. San Pedro Volcan-Tower: 3019 meters. Located at the foot of Volcan San Pedro, San Pedro is one of the most popular lakeside towns to visit. Many restaurants and bars make for a lively nightlife scene and there is plenty of budget accommodation. Choice of midrange and upper class hotels also. Learn Spanish, weaving, Mayan painting, hike the volcano, go kayaking, horseback riding, or enjoy the international selection of food.

Alegre Pub (The mature option for eating and drinking in San Pedro La Laguna) - Daily food specials and extensive pub style menu. San Pedro's widest range of beers and spirits, sports, nightly free movies, poker and black jack. Senior Lunch Club - 20% discount on all food for over 55s on Thursday and Friday, Noon to 5 p.m. Ask about houses for rent or Email Simon:  San Pedro La Laguna.

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Art Cafe El Colibri beautiful B&B, WiFi, laundry service, Spanish classes, Website:  San Pedro La Laguna.

Blue Parrot Bar & Grill Gourmet breakfast, custom sandwiches, biscuits with sausage gravy, gourmet burgers. Monday through Friday 8am - 9pm. On the Main Trail in San Pedro La Laguna.

Cafe La Puerta on 7th Avenue between Hotel Sak'Cari and San Pedro Spanish School. Maya Fusion San Pedro La Laguna.

Cafe Pequenos Pecados Restaurante Ricardo Lelli and Antonella Bacchetti own a small Italian Restaurant with excellent food. Check it out. 8a Calle 4-020 Zona 2, San Pedro La Laguna. Email: Tele: 502. 3031. 4713. Try the specials.

Casa Atitlan offers rooms and dorms with a lake view and a garden restaurant. Includes free breakfast from menu, WiFi. Tele: 502. 7721. 8319 or 4315. 7207.  Email:  San Pedro La Laguna.

Dolphin Cafe & Restaurant Open daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Meats, pasta, fish, pizza. San Pedro La Laguna.

El Barrio Bar Something going on every night - music, Ladie's Night, Expat night with discounts, champagne brunch. On the main trail in San Pedro La Laguna.

Garden Restaurant  Open daily 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. WiFi, hamburgers, hummus, Israeli dishes, cocktails. San Pedro La Laguna.

Hotel Mikaso Email:

Hospedaje Lolita  has clean dormitories, rooms with private bath and a kitchen. Free WiFi. Facebook: Hospedaje Lolita

Lots of well worn trails, San Pedro

Lots of well worn trails, San Pedro

Hotel San Antonio Beautiful 3 story hotel, 13 rooms with private bathrooms, full sized beds, cable TV, WiFi, view of the lake. Tele: 502. 7721. 8374 San Pedro La Laguna.

Hotel Pinocchios offers rooms with private bath, dorms and a great lake view from the roof terrace, tent space. San Pedro La Laguna.

Happy Hour in San Pedro

Cafe la Puerta - 3pm to 5pm

Cafe Atitlan - 9Q Rum and Coke

Pinocchio - 5pm to 8pm

Alegre Pub - Daily Discounts

El Barrio - Daily Specials

Blue Parrot - Daily Specials

Zoola Pool Bar - 4pm to 11pm


Paul's Gaff - Fridays Noon to 4pm

Shanti Shanti - Daily Specials

Dolphin Cafe - Daily Specials

Tin Tin - 2pm to 5 pm

Garden Restaurant - Daily Specials

Italianissimo - Daily Wine Specials

Art Cafe El Colibri - Daily Specials


Italianissimo Wine, pasta, coffee, ravioli, pizza. Open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On the main trail San Pedro La Laguna.

JUMBO Express Packages to and from the US, weekly service. Office: 02 Av 1-11, Zona 4 (on the road to the cemetery) Facebook: jumboexpressolola Tele: 502. 4732. 1801 or 5487. 8182 or 5631. 0319 San Pedro La Laguna.

Kathy's Tapas Featuring appetizers and tapas from around the world.

Lematitlan Spanish School and Restaurant Restaurant open daily 6 a.m. to noon, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tele: 502. 5417. 5389 or 5554. 2598 Email: Website:

Lole's Place Restaurant On the main street in San Pedro La Laguna. Wendy Alamilla & Hugo Cobra own this quaint restaurant. Great for breakfast. Open early. Tele: 502. 4950. 3109 or 4702. 2566.

Massage and Facials Tami Tele: 502. 4597. 1448, Pedro Tele: 502. 3086. 3096. Luisa Tele: 502. 5438. 6045. Erin Tele: 502. 4711. 9044.

Mikaso Hotel/Restaurant The town's classiest hotel. Wood fired pizza, buffet, dorm rooms, single rooms, terrace, massage, live music Thursdays @ 7pm, All you-can-eat brunch Saturday 9:30 - 2pm. San Pedro La Laguna on your way to the Santiago dock. Tele: 502. 5931. 5772 Email:

Mini Market Johanna Your one-stop shop in San Pedro for all your groceries. Extensive range of imported goods. San Pedro La Laguna.

Paul's Gaff Steak House and Irish Pub Open at noon, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. San Pedro La Laguna.

Pequenos Pecados Traditional Italian food. Open Tuesday at 3pm, Wed through Friday Noon to 3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 10 p.m. CLOSED Monday and half of Tuesday. Ricardo & Antonella Email Tele: 3031 - 4713  Beside the Health Food Store on the main street, San Pedro La Laguna.  

Whimsical blue building

Whimsical blue building

Pet Shop Mi Mascota Feliz in San Pedro La Laguna and San Marcos Pet food, vaccination, deworming, anti-tick, flea meds. Ask for spay and neuter. Tele: 502. 5932. 6282 or 4423. 3637

Pinocchio Hotel/Restaurant/Bar Pizzas, salads, pasta, lasagna and various desserts. Traditional and international cuisine, Sports Bar with TV, WiFi, 24 hour security. Rooms and dormitories with private and shared baths. On the main trail San Pedro La Laguna.

Posada del Bosque Encantado Website:

Restaurante Chiles Latina Cafe Latin, Thai and International food. Free salsa lessons, great happy hour. First restaurant next to the Panajachel Dock.

Salud Para Vida/Health for Life! On the main street in San Pedro La Laguna. Kurt French owns this well stocked health food store. Home-made nut and seed butters, vitamins, teas, herbs. On the main street under the Gym. Tele: 502. 5457. 2608 or 804. 833. 8982. Email: Website:

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Sauna San Pedro Sauna and natural products, natural medicine. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Book saunas 30 minutes in advance.

Shanti Shanti Open daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Israeli specials, garden, burgers, salads. Tele: 502. 4149. 7178 or 5630. 0674 Email: San Pedro La Laguna.

Smokin' Joes' BBQ Southern style - every weekend noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Panajachel at the Palapa Restaurant and Sunday in San Pedro La Laguna at Cafe Chuasinayi. Baby back and spare ribs, bacon wrapped filets, fresh fish, smoked pork, chicken and steaks.

Soak 'N' Stay Rooms for rent with breakfast and hot tub. Great view. Tele: 502. 5471. 2147 Website:

Tin Tin serves wonderful international food in a quaint garden on the road to the Panajachel Dock. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Sunday closed. San Pedro La Laguna.

Xecujil Ecological Bungalows Website:

Zoola Pool/Bar Heated pool, Q25 Pool Bar Entry Fee Includes First Drink Free. San Pedro La Laguna.


Set back in the ravine of Lake Atitlan, Tzununa is a very quiet village with little tourism.

Maya Moon Lodge Website:

Cayucos lined up at the edge of the lake, Santiago

Cayucos lined up at the edge of the lake, Santiago

Medical - Hospitals, Doctors, Clinics, Lawyers

When traveling outside your home country, it can be very disconcerting to have a serious medical issue. We offer you links to two stories of our personal experience with excellent medical care in Guatemala. We also offer other relevant information on this topic. Take advantage of what we know!

Billy Personally Tests Medical Tourism in Guatemala - The story of Billy's emergency situation in Panajachel, Guatemala with a list of prices paid for the doctor and hospital services received in Guatemala City.

Q&A from our Readers  - We answer our Readers' questions on this topic.

Centro Medico is the hospital we used in Guatemala City

Pricing of a Medical Emergency in Guatemala - The story of Akaisha's finger de-gloving and the prices for all medical services received.





Solola, Jucanya, Panajachel & San Marcos

Atitlab, Centro de Analisis, Final Santander, 5-38, zona 2, Panajachel, Lab for blood tests, blood bank. Mon-Fri. 7am to 5 pm. Dra. Magda Teresa Catalina Flores Lopez. Tele: 502. 4935. 8173, 502. 4259.7177 email:

Batres Farmacia is a chain of pharmacies you will find all over Guatemala the one in Panajachel is located on Calle Principal, near Chalo's grocery store. You can order many of your medicines from them if they do not have them in stock.

Bracamonte Medical Clinic, Dr.Luis Efrain Bracamonte Rovelo. Ultrasound, Electrocardiogram, Laboratory and Prescriptions. Clinica Medica, Barrio Norte frente a Panadish, Tele: 5692. 6280 or 4147. 6039, Daughter Ana Lucia Tele: 4207. 1862, Email:

Clinica Dental Dra. Luisa La Guardia Garcia, Calle Santander, Zone 2, Centro Comercial Plaza Atitlan Loca 23 & 24. Panajachel. Tele: 502. 7762. 1220 Emergencies: 502. 5475. 3061. Email: English spoken.

Clinica Dental Solola, 7th Avenue 8-48, zona 2, Solola. Emergency phone 5416.5369. Hours M-F 8 am - 12 pm and 2pm - 5pm. Saturday 7:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Clinica Medica de Ginecologia y Obstetricia Luz Y Vida, M-F 9 am - 7 pm Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm, 24 hour emergency phone: Tele 4154.9478 and 7762.4709, 0-374 Avenida Venancio Barrios Zona 2, Solola.

Dental Shalom 11 Calle 7-45 zona 2 de Solola M-F 8 am - 6 pm, Emergency phone 5618.0357, 5215.4122

Dental Surgery Dr. Carlos Rodolfo Garcia Garcia. Panajachel near La Dispensa. Tele: 502. 4148. 3072. or 5514. 3107. Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to Noon, 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 7a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dentist Yadira Kastillode Gonzalez, 2nd Ave. 2-36 Zone 1, Barrior Norte in front of Veterinary Hospital, Solola, 7762. 6231

Dentist Carlos Rodolfo Garcia Garcia, Dental Surgeon, Calle Final Hotel Victoria Zona 2, Panajachel. Tele: 4148. 3072 or 5438. 1445. Hours Mon - Friday 8 am to Noon and 3 pm to 7pm. Saturdays 7 am to 1pm.

Dra. Anabella F. Perez Consuegra, General Medicine & Natural, 0 Calle 2-94, Zona 4, Barrio Jucanya, Tele: 5526. 9099 / 5439. 8191 Email:

Dra. Loza Ophthalmologist, Clinica Hermano Pedro, Sexta Calle 6-36, Barrio el Calvario, Solola, Guatemala. Tele: 502. 5759. 7027 / 502. 7762. 3580 Monday - Friday 9am-noon, 2pm-6pm Saturday 9am-noon. Uses EyeScan diagnostic clinic in Guatemala City: 10a Calle 3-01, Zona 14, Edificio Artes Medicas, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Email: Tele: 502. 2337. 2338 / 2337. 0274 

Dra. Zully Arroyave, Internal medicine, Sanatorio Philippe Pinel, 5a Calle 7-48, Zona 2, Solola, Tele: 7762. 3294.

Dr. Luis Cordon, Geriatrics, care at home, M-F, Panajachel, Tele: 4049.0774

Farmacia in Gran Plaza Asis There is a pharmacy on the second floor of this little plaza just a stone's throw from the Maya Day Market. Has the best prices in town.

La Asuncion Laboratoria Clinico Biotolico, Licda. Kenia Maria Caballeros Barragan, Calle Principal, Callejon Maria Cruz local 6C, Telefax: 502. 7762. 6268, Website: Email: Panajachel. In SOLOLA: 7a Avenida 11-52 Zona 2, Tele: 502. 7762. 4869 Telefax: 502. 7762. 3303.

Imessa Medical Images and Sonograms 15 Calle 4-10, Zona 1, Barrio el Carmen, Solola. Tele: 502. 7762. 5413. Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon. Email: Website:     

Lake Atitlan Wellness Clinic Dr. Luis De Pena, 3-34 Calle Monterrey, Panajachel, Guatemala, CA, 07010

Boats on the water is a way of life at Lake Atitlan

Boats on the water is a way of life at Lake Atitlan

Massage and more, Marta Lynd-Atlan, East West Center, San Marcos, Tele: 5521. 3059, Acupressure, Teishin and Moxa, abdominal massage, back treatments. 

Mayra Lisbeth Tobias Munoz, Lawyer and Notary, 0 Calle 1-99, Zona 3, Barrio Jucanya, Panajachel. Also located in Solola. Tele: 7762. 0870 or 7762. 0678. Cell: 5913. 8868 Email: . Has extensive knowledge and experience in Civil, Commercial, Corporate and Real Estate Law. Also works for private businesses, Immigration and Non-profit Organizations. Appointments can be made by Skype conference (Skype ID mayratobias), email, telephone and in person. English and Spanish spoken.

PanaMed Clinicas de Especialidades Calle Principal Barrio Norte Kilometro 118, 2nd floor. Panajachel. Dra. Juarez (speaks English) Gynaecologist, Dr. Carlos Cunningham, chiropractor, Naturopath, Email: Tele: 7762. 0281. Dr. Jose Eduardo Alvarez, Trauma and Orthopedics. Tele: 502. 4149. 3525 Email: Other services provided in Clinic: Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Chinese Acupuncture. Tele: 502. 4224. 2648 Open Monday through Saturday.

Medical Tourism, Concierge Services, International Insurance

Guatemala Medical Travel brings the most highly skilled surgeons, doctors and dentists of Guatemala together with patients from America, and other countries, who are seeking a more cost-effective solution to their medical needs. A treatment referral and travel agency, Guatemala Medical Travel will help you maintain your bills at 60-80% less than normal US prices and help you will all details including accommodation, translation, transfer of funds, tour guides and all personal services. 

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International Triage is a pioneer in care management for patients outside their country of residence, specializes in offering world-class treatment destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. There is a 24/7 help desk and a second opinion option.

International Health Insurance  IHI was one of the first insurance companies in the world to offer international insurance plans. Over the last 30 years IHI has introduced more new products than any of the competitors including preventative services, health consulting services and online solutions for the convenience of their customers. Both healthcare insurance and travel insurance.

For more information on Medical Tourism, please see our Medical Tourism Page

World Nomads Travel insurance, recommended by Lonely Planet. Available to people from over 150 countries, designed for adventurous travelers, cover for medical, evacuation, baggage and activities.

Dock in Panajachel looking towards Volcan Toliman and Volcan San Pedro

Dock in Panajachel looking towards Volcan Toliman and Volcan San Pedro

Starfish One by One empowers young women through education and mentorship to become leaders in their community. They invest in the education of rural Mayan adolescent girls who otherwise would have no education beyond 6th grade. Studies show that the educated girl transforms herself, her family, her community, and her world.

Opal House Guatemala, Dr. William Boegel, Email: Tele in the US: 206. 255. 8596 / 425. 647. 9328 Quinta Los Pinos KM140 RN-11, Agua Escondida, Dept. Solola 07013. Tele in Guatemala: 011.502. 5137. 7450

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