Top things to do

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 Guatemalan in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Café Sabor Cruceño

Up in the village, this brilliant community project comedor is run by local students who are learning to make traditional Guatemalan dishes to global tourism standards. Such Kaqchiquel fare as subanik (a tomato sauc…
Top Choice Cheese in San Juan La Laguna

Café El Artesano

El Artesono offers one of Guatemala's best dining experiences. Let the staff guide you around the platter of two dozen cheeses (all produced in Guatemala and aged in-house), from creamy goat through blue to hard pec…
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 Italian in Panajachel

Circus Bar

Behind the swinging doors, Circus Bar has a cabaret atmosphere, with live music nightly from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. There is good pizza and even better pasta, plus a respectable wine list and imported liquors. Flamenco,…
Top Choice Guatemalan in San Marcos La Laguna

Comedor Konojel

This cheerily-painted clapboard canteen serves up big healthy portions of Guatemalan food according to a changing daily menu to help support a wider feeding program and other community projects in the area around Sa…
Top Choice Guatemalan in Panajachel

El Patio

This is a locally popular joint for lunch; the front terrace makes an obvious meeting place. Try to make it for Monday lunch when everyone chows down on caldo de res (chunky broth), served with all the trimmings.
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' …
Cafe in Panajachel

Crossroads Café

This cafe has made Panajachel a major crossroads for coffee aficionados. When he's not roasting beans, the Bay Area owner/head barista spends his time combing the highlands for small estate coffees to add to his ros…
Market in Sololá

Sololá Market

Sololá's market is one of the most vivid in the highlands. The sprawling Mercado Mayoreo (wholesale market) uphill of the Parque Centroamérica serves the function. On Tuesday and Friday mornings the building is abla…