Family Travel – Evening Trip to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan – Guatemala

Panajachel is the bustling city of Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala. It’s not the biggest city, that would be Santiago, but it’s by far the nuttiest because of all the foreigners that have settled in this area. On top of that, it’s like the gateway to the rest of the Lake’s villages and market central for anything you can possibly want to get!


We took a quick stroll through this town after arriving to Atitlan before eating dinner.

We arrived a little too late just as the sun was about to set. However, that didn’t stop the chaos that seems to never go away. The streets were full of tourists, more food stands than you can ever imagine, and tons and tons of aging bohemians (hippies) or how ever you want to call them. They sell jewelry and practically live on these streets. I remember spending lots of time in this area about 8 years ago. And I swear they were here than and will be here 8 years from now!

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But the fun part was buying my brother a grilled corn. Since corn is the staple food of the indigenous they sell it everywhere. He almost broke a tooth biting into one. Let’s just say it spent way too much time on the grill!

Plus, before we headed back to our lovely hotel, we found a stand selling crazy looking fruit. Ironically, they were extremely flavorful!

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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