Nestled along the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan is the charming little city of Panajachel, Guatemala. Breathtaking views of the lake, mountains, and nearby volcanoes mesmerize travelers and locals alike.
The hills and vales of the mountains along the lake make this an ideal location for outdoor activities and adventures. Activities in the area include hiking, cycling, paddleboarding and kayaking on the lake and even paragliding to see some spectacular overhead views.
On the outskirts of town there is a Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural Atitlan). Walk the main trail in an hour: it leads up over swing bridges to a waterfall, then down to a platform for viewing local spider monkeys. You should also see pisotes (coatis), relatives of the raccoon with long snouts and long, upright, furry tails. The reserve includes a butterfly enclosure and herb garden, an interpretive center, a small coffee plantation and an aviary. For more extreme thrills, there are various zip lines spanning canyons and forest, the longest of which extends nearly a kilometer.
You can go to any number of Language Schools to brush up on your Spanish and better communicate with the locals. You can also take a short boat ride to the artisan village of San Juan where you can take a course in traditional Mayan weaving. There are also plenty of non-profit organizations, interacting with the local mayan community. We will work with the organization Konojel, nearby in the town of San Marcos. They offer educational and professional development to women and children residing around Lake Atitlan.
And of course one of the BEST reasons to come to Guatemala NOW is because of the Stone Soup Family Pop Up community we’ll be building together in April and May. As we come together as travelling families, we will be creating memories and experiences you and your children will love and talk about for years to come!
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