Attractions

Top Choice Park in Panajachel

Reserva Natural Atitlán

A former coffee plantation being retaken by natural vegetation, this reserve is 200m past the Hotel Atitlán on the northern outskirts of town. It makes a good outing on foot or bicycle. You can leisurely walk the ma…
Top Choice Religious Site in Santiago Atitlán

Cofradía Maximón

Maximón is a traditional Maya deity who resides in Santiago Atitlán. He appears as a life-sized but broken-legged effigy in a hat, dark suit and glasses, surrounded by candles, flowers and the scent of burning incen…
Top Choice Gallery in Panajachel

La Galería

Overflowing with art by Guatemalan painters and sculptors, this gallery functions as both an exhibit space and cultural center, hosting lectures, films and occasional concerts. Started in 1971 by the German-K'iche' …
Archaeological Site in Around Panajachel

Iximché Archaeological Site

The remnants of the Kaqchiquels’ 15th-century capital stand some 15km due east of Lago de Atitlán. The ‘palaces’ and temples uncovered here are modest in scale but ensconced in a serene, park-like setting. Iximché…
Museum in Santiago Atitlán

Cojolya Association of Maya Women Weavers

This small museum and showroom is devoted to the art of backstrap loom weaving. Well-designed exhibits show the history of the craft and the process from spinning the cotton fibers to the finished textile. There's a…
Nature Reserve in San Marcos La Laguna

Cerro Tzankujil

This nature reserve is on a sacred hill west of San Marcos village. Well-maintained pebbly trails lead to swimming areas with shelters by the bank and a diving platform. The water is crystal clear here. A branch off…
Church in Santiago Atitlán

Iglesia Parroquial Santiago Apóstol

The formidable parish church was built by the Franciscans in the mid-16th century. A memorial plaque just inside the entrance on your right commemorates Father Stanley Francis Rother, a missionary priest from Oklaho…
Arts Center in Panajachel

Casa Cakchiquel

Pana's cultural center started life as one of the first hotels on the lake, built by a Swedish countess in 1948. Now it holds a radio station, Japanese restaurant and a tremendous little gallery of photos and postca…
Church in Panajachel

Iglesia San Francisco

The colonial-era church is the heart of old Panajachel. Its extremely broad stone facade, with four tiers of windows between double columns, resembles a castle, especially when illuminated in the evening. Inside the…
Museum in Panajachel

Museo Lacustre Atitlán

Inside the Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo, this museum has displays on the history of the Atitlán region and the volcanic eruptions that created its landscape, plus a collection of ancient artifacts recovered from the …