A day in “Pana”

Panajachel, Guatemala is a mixture of old town and the newer tourist area on Santander with many vendors, cafes and shops. It ends at Lake Atitlan.
One day we visited the bustling City Market and the old church and square.

Street outside the City Market in "Pana"

View of busy "Pana" City Market

The Catholic Church in the center of old Panajachel


We have enjoyed our hotel, Posada de los Volcanes. Most evenings at cocktail time, we sit on the patio with Rum, ice and water. The owner, Julio, even bought a beautiful hand woven cloth for the table. He and family have a parrot, Paco who spends most of his day in the large bottle brush tree in the patio. Sometimes he climbs out of the tree onto a roof and Francisco, manager, has to retrieve him. Paul really likes Paco and talks with him and feeds him nuts.

Patio of Posada de los Volcanes for cocktails

Francisco bringing Paco home from roof

Paco on his perch with Paul


We have done some shopping, and even a little buying at the many colorful booths along Santander. The night scene is very bright and lively.

Guatemalan women with their woven goods for sale

The busy street outside our hotel at night


Today, Thursday, 3/29 is our last full day. Paul and Carol are taking another boat ride to 1 or 2 more pueblos. We are relaxing and plan to sit by the lake, read and people watch. It has been beautiful weather in the mornings with clouds and some rain in the afternoon/evenings. Antigua and Panajachel are very different and we have enjoyed both of these cities.

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One response to “A day in “Pana”

  1. Great pictures that make me want to go back to Guatemala, we had such a great time there. Can’t wait to see you all when you get home and thanks for all the pics.

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