Panajachel & Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan is a Guatemalan Lake that sits at just over 5,000 feet. The lake is an endorheic Basin which means that it does not drain into another body of water, such as an ocean. The lake is also the deepest lake in Central America and has a maximum depth of 1120 feet.

Located on the shores of the lake is the town of Panajachel, a center of trade in the area. Merchants line the streets offering various textiles and other hand made goods.

The local market here provides a great chance to experience business in a drastically different culture than that of the United States. No goods have a price tag and everything can be bartered for which can be a great experience.

While much of Guatemala has long forgotten its Mayan heritage the town of Panajachel is still holding onto to its history. This can be seen from the dress of the local people to the goods that they sell. If you are looking for an opportunity to truly experience a unique culture first hand this is a great chance to do so.