Welcome to Around Panajachel
Southeast of Pana, 5km and 10km respectively along a winding road, lie the lakeside hamlets of Santa Catarina Palopó and San Antonio Palopó. (The name 'Palopó' is a Spanish-Kaqchiquel amalgam referring to a type of fig tree that grows here.) Compared with nearby Pana, the Palopós feel remote, with narrow streets paved in stone blocks and adobe houses with roofs of thatch or tin. Many villagers, both men and women, go about their daily activities clad in traditional outfits, and these are good places to look for the luminescent indigo weavings you see all around Lago de Atitlán. The villages are also known for their cream and blue pottery.