The Big Little Expat City
At A Glance
Official Name: Panajachel
Name Meaning: ???
Expat Population: 1000-2000
Notable Hotels: Playa Linda, Primavera
Language(s): Kaqchickel, Spanish
English Speakers: Low
Currency: Guatemalan Quetzale (“Q”)
Lake Atitlan Map
Panajachel, or Pana for short, is considered the central hub of Lake Atitlan.
located in the north east corner of Lake Atitlan. Unlike most towns, Pana is connected to Solola and thus Antigua through a well maintained road. As a result, Pana is one of the biggest towns with a population of around 15,000 people.
How To Get To Panajachel
The primary means by which most travelers arrive to Panajachel
Panjachel is lake Atitlan’s primary transportation hub.
How To Get To Other Towns Around Lake Atitlan
Getting Around Panajachel
By Tuk Tuk
By Pickup Truck
Where To Eat & Drink In Panajachel
Panajachel is arguably Lake Atitlan’s
Where To Stay In Panajachel
Unfortunately Panajachel doesn’t have any true backpacker hostels at the moment. Fortunately for broke backpackers, there are plenty of budget hotels to choose from.
Panajachel is full of small, what you pay what you get, 50Q/night budget hotels. See our
Long term rentals
What To See & Do In Panajachel
Pana has many activities
Why Visit Panajachel?