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San Antonio Palopo

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San Antonio Palopo

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San Antonio Palopo is an authentic Mayan town on the shore of Lake Atitlán in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.


San Antonio Palopo has very few of the tourist trappings nor traffic. It's known for it's ceramics and it's beautiful but simple native dress (Traje). The villagers are cautious but will greet your smile with an even bigger one.

Though a laid back and simple Mayan village, San Antonio Palopo can service tourists nicely, if only a couple dozen at a time.

Get in[edit]

The typical way to get to San Antonio is from Panajachel. It is a 10 km trip on a decent road that winds along the lake. As there are lots of people that travel between (for example, San Antonio locals who sell their wares on the streets of Panajachel) there is a fleet of pickup trucks to take you to and from. They cost Q5 for the trip and run at least when it is light. Don't be surprised if you end up being the only non-local and not understanding what the others are saying -- because they will most likely be talking in Kachiquel, not Spanish.

The end of the line is in the center of town in front of the churches and public market. If you need to be somewhere else, you walk or take one of about three TukTuks which charge Q3 for a trip in town.

To find one of these pickups in Pana, head up Calle Principal toward the market. When you come to Chalo's Grocery on the right, go around the corner. The pickups will stop in front of the restaurant which is behind Chalo's. Make sure you ask about the destination as the pickups to Santa Catarina stop at the same place.

Get around[edit]

This is an easy one. You either walk or take a TukTuk. Distances are short but the pueblo is built up the side of the crater. Pretty much everything is within 1km and if where you want to go is up or down the side of the crater there is probably not a road a TukTuk can use.

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In general, people eat at home and there are few eating options.

  • Comedor San Francisco -- Behind and below the soccer field. Typical breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Charly's Ceviche -- Other side of the soccer field (where the boats leave from). Ceviche, ceviche and ceviche. Pretty much only lunch.
  • Hotel Terrazas del Lago -- known for its empanadas. Each one will run you 11-13 Q -- a bit less than $2 each. Two of these and a beer is the best lunch in town. If you are at the soccer field, head left, and it's just around the bend that has the public washbasins. Google shows the location quite well.

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There's two restaurants/hotels that service travelers and a bed and breakfast that also includes use of a kayak.

  • Casa Sonrisas, (A lake front Bed and Breakfast in San Antonio), 502 5733 6364, [1]. Has three rooms. One has a double bed, one has two double beds and the third has 4 singles, two of which is a bunk bed. **DOG FRIENDLY** Cost is 80Q ($10 USD) per person (Includes a Tipico breakfast, use of a two man kayak, kitchen privileges and use of a living room and porch with sunset views.).  edit
  • Casa Colonial, km 1, carretera a Agua Escondida (From the shore, continue up the road to Agua Escondida. Located at the end of the pavement), +502 4814 4546, [2]. Two double rooms plus a studio apartment available. Amazing lake views.  edit


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