When you walk through the streets of Panajachel, you´ll find a variety of beautiful handicrafts that are going to amuse you with their colorful designs. However, some of these objects are not from Solola, but from Antigua and Totonicapan.
Some of the main crafts from Solola are the fabrics made of cotton and yarn that come from towships like Santa Catarina, San Jose, San Andres, Panajachel, etc. To make the colorful and original designs on fabric, people use looms. These looms can be of two types: use with the waist or with pedal.
These beautiful fabrics express the creativity and skill of craftsmen from Panajachel. During your next trip, don´t forget to look near these beautiful handicraft!
If you´re looking to discover interesting details of the region a good place would be a museum in Panajachel. Its main goal is to promote the protection of Lake Atitlan and the treasures that are under water.
Inside the museum, you´ll find archaeological pieces that were found in the lake, a mockup from the city Samabaj and photos in the wall that would transport you under the water. This museum it’s an interesting place to spend some time and discover the mysteries of the region.
Enjoy your visit to the museum during your visit to Hotel Atitlan!
In 1996 Roberto Samayoa found a city under Lake Atitlan. This city sunk 1,700 years ago and was from the pre-classic Mayan period.
After 30 immersions in the lake, Roberto found the city. Today this place is known as “Samabaj”. The name is composed by the second name of the founder with the Mayan word “abaj”, which means rock. The city is 30 meters below and 500 meters from the edge.
There are three theories to explain the sunk of Samabaj, however there are signs that this didn’t mean the end of the community. People continued their lives in other places near the lake.
Panajachel is a town surrounded with coffe plantation, gardens and vegetable plots, it´s one of the most important places of the area. Here you can find places to dance and enjoy, you can buy handicrafts made by villagers. It´s colorful atmosphere makes this town a wonderful tourist place to relax.
From the docks of Panajachel you can take a boat to Santiago Atitlan, San Pedro la Laguna and San Lucas Toliman. There´s the possibility for you to take a relaxing walk, ride a horse or a bicycle. If you are interest in adventure you can climb the volcano named San Pedro. This is one of the most visited places with 3020 meters. It takes 7 hours to climb the volcano. During the trip you´ll enjoy an amazing view impossible to forget.
Are you planning your vacations in Panajachel? While you visit this beautiful place one of the first places you have to visit is Lake Atitlán. You can enjoy a relaxing walking near the shores or a travel in boat. This is an incredible experience and you´ll have the opportunity to look the amazing volcanoes and nature that surround the lake.
You can also consider taking the short local bus up to La Cueva Maya (the Mayan Cave), where you might find yourself rubbing your eyes in disbelief of the beauty of it all. At night, the Panajachel Guatemala bars and discotheques are a nice place to meet new people and share travel stories. Dance the night away, or simply sit and relax with a cool drink.