Departamento de Sololá Travel Guide

  • Sunset on Lake Atitlán
    Sunset on Lake Atitlán
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  • Steet Scene in San Pedro La Laguna
    Steet Scene in San Pedro La Laguna
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  • Reserva Natural Atitlan

    Panajachel Things to Do

    This Nature Reserve is a little way back up the road towards Solola and down a side road. It is well worth a visit, whether for walking the trails through the forest and watching out for wildlife, or for the canopy ziplines - we didn't try the latter but it looked fun!Entry fee is 55Quetzals.The visitors centre is very modern and has a lot of...

  • Porta Del Lago Hotel

    Panajachel Hotels

    2 Avenida 6-17 Zona 2, Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Shopping for crafts

    Panajachel Shopping

    Panajachel and the surrounding villages are rightly considered among the best places to shop for handicrafts. The high proportion (90%) of Maya living here, and the high numbers of visitors, combine to create a shopping frenzy! Naturally the quality of goods on offer varies, but it is generally good to very good, and with negotiation prices can be...


Lago de Atitlán

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  • Real Japanese Sushi!

    Lago de Atitlán Restaurants

    Real Japanese style sushi and not the stuff they pass off as sushi in some Guatemalan restaurants. This place is a full-on Japanese restaurant inside a Japanese hotel full of Japanese travelers. I tried the Maguro Don which a lot of the Japanese travelers were ordering. I guess it is somewhat famous with the Japanese backpackers. Maguro Don is...

  • La Casa del Mundo Hotel

    Lago de Atitlán Hotels

    The setting is beautiful but any place on Lake Atitlan has that. Friends stayed here and recommended...

  • Private boat tours to remote locations

    Lago de Atitlán Things to Do

    We recently took a private boat tour with Los Elementos Adventure Center and I recommend it because we were able to go to locations that would have been difficult to find on our own. Many of the best and most exotic places can only be reached by boat. . . and only if you have a guide who knows where to go. We visited several of the geothermal hot...


San Pedro La Laguna

  • Ventana Blue

    San Pedro La Laguna Restaurants

    Great food and the usual selection of good wines and beer at reasonable prices make this one of the best places we ate at in San Pedro. The chef is excellent and runs the kitchen well.Highly recommended. Had a local stew - fantastic!

  • Be creative, come and paint!

    San Pedro La Laguna Restaurants

    Art Café El Colibri is a laid back spot on the shore of Lake Atitlan. In really beautiful garden you can relax with your book and a cup of local fresh coffee. Café specializes on creps, don´t miss it! You can also support a special educational project by painting a cup there. For just 16 Q you will help to local students to go to the university....

  • The garden of horrors.

    San Pedro La Laguna Restaurants

    I have never met such rude and inconsiderate people as when I went to this restaurant. While trying to appear like a french restaurant, they were actually just a bunch of drunks and druggies, quite rough and rude. The owners were very unpleasant and I would recommend that anybody avoid this place. The food was mediocre at best.


Santiago Atitlán

  • Shopping for handicrafts

    Santiago Atitlán Shopping

    The main street here is lined with shops selling all sorts of hand-crafted items – textiles galore, wood carvings, paintings, decorations, leather goods and more. The quality seemed to me to be on the whole pretty good, and the prices reasonable if you’re happy to haggle a little. I bought a woven glasses case on one of the stalls down near the...

  • Traditional dress in Santiago

    Santiago Atitlán Local Customs

    Santiago has a distinctive style of local dress, as do many of the Maya-dominated towns of Guatemala. The women wear huipiles, usually with a pale blue background, on which are darker vertical stripes. Between the stripes there are often colourful tropical birds, though sometimes they are left plain, and around the neckline are embroidered equally...

  • Maximón

    Santiago Atitlán Local Customs

    A visit to the Mayan idol, Maximón, is a highlight of any trip to Santiago Atitlàn. Unlike many such figures, you won’t find him in a church or other place of worship, but in a family home. It is a great honour among local families to act as Maximón’s host, and also a great responsibility. He has his own room, and is watched over day and night....


San Marcos La Laguna

  • Delicious veggie fare, good music

    San Marcos La Laguna Restaurants

    Delicious food in a lush garden, concerts several times a week--fun local scene. Simple, comfortable hotel attached. Chef/manager speaks five languages and is a great resource for travel info. Had an excellent pizza for lunch, and a few days later had a vegetarian goulash of fresh local produce over potatoes.

  • A quiet town

    San Marcos La Laguna Nightlife

    San Marcos La Laguna is a place to disconect from it all, to do some yoga, reiki, kayaking... if you want party go to San Pedro La Laguna (10 min by boat) No Dress code in San Marcos.. just relax and enjoy!!!

  • What is the best way to get to San...

    San Marcos La Laguna Transportation

    Does anyone have suggestions about travel from the airport in Guatemala City to San Marcos? We were told by our hotel that we can arrange a shuttle to take us directly from the airport to San Marcos for $100 (for two people). I thought this seemed a little steep and was wondering if other had better information. We don't want to draw out the length...


San Antonio Palopó

  • By boat to San Antonio Palopó

    San Antonio Palopó Transportation

    There are two ways to get here from Panajachel: pick-up truck (cheap but bumpy) or boat (dearer, because you will have to hire a private one as the ferries don’t call here, but more scenic). Actually there is a third way – some of the tours of the lake call here too.We opted for the boat as it seemed a nicer way to travel, despite the higher cost....

  • Handicrafts in San Antonio Palopó

    San Antonio Palopó Shopping

    The other attraction that draws visitors to San Antonio is the opportunity to shop. The distinctive blue huipiles are on offer everywhere and are probably a more wearable design when you get back home than the more ornate ones elsewhere. Other handicrafts are generally of a good quality and prices seem a little lower than in other villages – I paid...

  • Life in the village

    San Antonio Palopó Favorites

    Although the church is likely to be the first thing that catches your eye, don’t let it be the only thing that you see here. The village streets are unprepossessing and there are no buildings or architectural merit, but a stroll around them is a pleasant way of spending some time. Whereas near the church we found that local women were rather...


San Juan La Laguna

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    by pajaroloco Updated Sep 12, 2007

    You can go hiking to the hill "La Cruz" this is about 30 minutes of walking in a improved trail and you can see great views of the lake and the town you can see birds, kinds of native trees, but you can still going to the cerro"Nariz Maya" hiking about 1 hour, with nice views of the lake santiago,toliman and san pedro volcanoes, and town around the lake,and more muontains.

    The Camping is a graeet outdoor activity to do in a national park "PANAN" this take 5 hours of walk you will stop or camping next to the river you can see crabs in the river,you can swim in a natural pool this is cold, walk in the woods watching birds or small animals, and much more.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking

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