Landscape view of mountains & the sea near Regis Hotel & Spa

Local Attractions


A destination once favored by intrepid backpackers and enthusiasts of the hippie, bare-bones lifestyle, the scenic Cakchiquel village of Panajachel has been transformed into a contemporary vacation escape favored by visitors of all budgets and tastes.

As the largest city on the lakeshore, Panajachel is the gateway to breathtaking Lake Atitlán. “Pana,” as its most commonly known, offers a wealth of dining, shopping and tour options, not to mention stunning views of three major volcanoes -- San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlán -- from anywhere along the lakeshore.

Below, you’ll find our recommendations on tours, local attractions and fun things to do during your stay in Panajachel. For assistance with arrangements, please consult our front desk staff.

People enjoying the sunset in San Antonio Palopo near Regis Hotel & Spa

San Antonio Palopó

One of the towns around the lake that is not so exploited by tourists, however, its tranquility has been an attraction for many visitors and it is a place where beautiful ceramic pieces are manufactured.

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Landscape view of Reserva Natural Cerro Tzankujil near Regis Hotel & Spa

San Marcos la Laguna

Located on the shores of Lake Atitlán, it is one of the most visited places in Sololá due to the picturesque streets, but the attraction is its tranquility, the views and the famous “Trampoline”.

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Decorated streets in San Juan La Laguna near Regis Hotel & Spa

San Juan la Laguna

Is the main one of the magical towns around the lake because of its color, the street of umbrellas, the art galleries, the associations of women weavers who show how they make their textiles from the extraction of cotton to how they dye them with natural dyes such as beets , tree barks, carrots, etc., they also have the picturesque Kaqasiiwaan viewpoint that is located to closely appreciate the MAYAN FACE, they also have coffee cooperatives, bee tours, cooking tours and the history of the town.

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Lady in Mirador

San Pedro la Laguna

A small town around the lake but with a lot of magic and spectacular views. Here you can take kayak tours, coffee tours and horseback riding tours along the lake. The coffee in this sector is delicious and they have wonderful viewpoints

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People trying scarfs & hats on mannequins in Santiago Atitlan near Regis Hotel & Spa

Santiago Atitlán

Defined as the town where you find quality crafts, recognized for its history, its painters and because the lady of the 25-cent coin was born here. It is also attractive because it is the site where the famous “Maximón” is located, who is a deity of the locals and receives offerings.

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People gathered by a Mayan Ceremony near Regis Hotel & Spa

La Cueva Maya or "The Maya Cave"

From here, the view of Panajachel, Guatemala and Lake Atitlan is beautiful. The cave still serves as a ceremonial site for those who practice indigenous religions in the Maya villages uphill from town. Smoky and filled with the fragrance of incense, the mysterious site can be reached via a short, local bus ride from town and a brief scenic hike.

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Locals gathered in the Panajachel Marketplace near Regis Hotel & Spa

Panajachel Marketplace

While Calle Santander is lined with shops selling everything from beaded jewelry to fresh Guatemalan coffee, more authentic goods can be found in the Artisan Market. This is where you’ll discover vibrantly colored hammocks, local crafts and artwork as well as handmade peasant dresses, sombreros and purses all adorned in brilliantly hued Mayan dyes.  

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Exterior view of Casa Cakchiquel near Regis Hotel & Spa

Casa Cakchiquel

Built in 1948, Casa Cakchiquel was one of the first hotels on the lake. According to legend, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Ingrid Bergman and other intellectuals, artists and writers enjoyed the house in its heyday. Today, the building has been restored and features a fair trade store, rotating exhibits and a vintage photo and postcard gallery.

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Exterior view of Museo Lacustre de Atitlan near Regis Hotel & Spa

Museo Lacustre de Atitlan

For a brief history of Lake Atitlan and its people, head to the Museo Lacustre de Atitlan. Here, you'll find a handful of informative displays tracing the history of the region back to pre-colonial times.

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Entrance to Reserva Natural Atitlan near Regis Hotel & Spa

Atitlan Natural Reserve

Hike the trail that loops through a small river canyon, crossing suspension bridges and passing a butterfly atrium and enclosures of spider monkeys and coatimundis. For the more adventurous, the complex contains a zipline tour, where you can glide through the forest canopy courtesy of a series of cables, a helmet and a very secure harness. There's also a private beach for a bit of post-adrenaline rush relaxation.

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A boat sailing in the sea on a sunny day near Regis Hotel & Spa


These five- to six-hour boat tours depart in the morning and make stops in San Pedro La Laguna, Santiago de Atitlan and San Antonio Palopó. As soon as the boat lands in each town, you'll be met by local touts and tour guides offering to show you around. For example, in Santiago de Atitlan, you’ll receive offers to take you to see Maximón. In Santa Catarina Palopó, you can be taken to see some beautiful weaving.

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Person paragliding in the distant with a mountain view near Regis Hotel & Spa


Get a bird's-eye view of the lake and volcanoes from a tandem rig. It departs from several different takeoff points on the volcanic hillsides surrounding Lake Atitlan. 

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Man experiencing scuba diving in the sea near Regis Hotel & Spa

Scuba Diving

Experience the rush of high-altitude freshwater diving, which is slightly more challenging than open-water diving at sea level. Most dives take place in 30 to 35 feet of water. On a particularly clear day, you might even see underwater ruins and relics as well as volcanic steam vents. Certification courses are also offered. Remember that because of altitude and decompression, divers must stay in the area for at least 18 hours after diving.

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Bicycle parked on a mountain range overlooking the sea near Regis Hotel & Spa

Off Road Tours

The rugged back roads and mountain trails around Lake Atitlan are well-suited to two-wheel travel, whether by mountain bike or off-road motorcycle. Several tour operators and a couple of rental agencies offer guided tours.

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