Many of our guests spend a day in Panajachel, the lake’s hub of tourism. Pana is bustling: full of hotels, restaurants, motorcycles, and tuk tuks.
See our Textiles and Art page for more information about shopping in Pana.
Nature Reserve and Zip Line
Panajachel has the Atitlan Nature Reserve: a nice place to walk, but an even better place to zip over the canyon and trees. This is a world-class zip line with a short and a long option.
There are two zip lines: the shorter one with eight lines and the longer one with 11 runs, including three significantly longer runs than you’ll experience on the shorter course. The long course requires a bit more hiking, but if you’re in shape for the hike, the long course is worth it!
After the zip line, you can enjoy lunch in Pana and then take some time to shop on the way back to the boat.
The zip line tours leave at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Morning is best for weather and visibility.
Panajachel has little pockets of culture hidden away. On of the best is the Museo Lacustre, housed at the Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo. The museum is very small but well-done, and contains artifacts found in and around Lake Atitlan. There are actually two museums—the second is about the underwater exploration done in the lake.
Make this a stop when you’re in Pana doing other things. Admission is inexpensive, and it doesn’t take more than ½ hour to see everything. It’s a nice place to get out of the sun on a hot day and learn some of the history of Lake Atitlan.