Panajachel, Lake Atitlan

Panajachel is the resort town of Lago de Atitlan. Less crass than San Pedro but much busier than all the other lakeside tourist towns, Pana, as it's known, has a beautiful view, excellent shopping and lots of food and sleeping options. Its easy to spend a day strolling around town, bargaining for colourful souvenirs and enjoying some lakeside cervezas (although look out for the insane tip amount that some fancy restaurants automatically add to your bill). 


We highly recommend eating at Chero's Bar- an absolutely delicious pupusaria with a cozy atmosphere. Pupusas are Q10 ($1.30 USD) and a litre of cold Brahva beer is Q23 ($3 USD). Unbeatable. Try the cheese and garlic! Totally worth the garlic breath!

When you're done there, hop across the street to Dina's Chocolates. Watch out for tuktuks! As someone who has eaten a lot of chocolate, I can confidently say that this homemade, organic chocolate that is sweetened with honey instead of sugar, is some of the BEST chocolate I've ever had. Move over Lindt! The dark chocolate and salt bar is heaven in your mouth. Its expensive but worth it. (Q20, $2.60USD per bar). Dina's has a ton of different mouth watering flavours: dark, milk and white with cinnamon, mint, various nuts, coconut, Mayan chili pepper, peanut butter... I wonder if they have a points card...