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Panajachel

Panajachel © Guillen Perez
Panajachel © Guillen Perez

The holiday resort town of Panajachel in the highlands has a large population of long-term hippie expats and a distinctly Western character. The relaxed ambience accompanies breath-taking views of three volcanoes that sit near the lake. There are many hotels, small restaurants and lively nightspots, with a mosaic of sensory delights awaiting visitors.

It is a good base for exploring the more traditional villages surrounding the lake and offers good shopping and swimming around the town. Food lovers will enjoy sampling the diverse local cuisine in one of the numerous restaurants or cafés.