I must live in this village because of making products.
Warning Panajachel Guatemala Is Finished 2019
Very sad to hear.
Would you elaborate on what you mean by some of the villages being "difficult." Hard to get to or live in?
You showed us a dog pack and the congested traffic, but you didn’t show us the armies of light or anyone trying to save your soul. Do the missionaries try to convert you or is it the natives they are after?
You also upped the hobo curfew from 9 to 11. That is way to late to avoid drunks in golf carts!
This is a big lake, there are 3 villages you can only reach by boat. Tzununa, Jaibalito, and Santa Cruz la Laguna, and often these AirBnB people belittle the complications of living there, and most travelers see only a snapshot. Lake Atitlan is only super developed in Panajachel, Santiago, and San Pedro, the other 9-11 villages are still remote, San Marcos is popular, but really just a tourist spot. People continually lock into bad deals as is normal for tourists, people on vacation do not live here. Missionaries are not in the conversion business, they are not here to save souls, they are tourist. High speed tourism has come to Panajachel, in and out, like a one night stand. I am bias towards living, don't have much use for high speed "Checklist" Tourism, don't see it as much value, really a destructive force. The Missionaries are maybe annoying because of the contradiction, 1000's of Missionaries here to convert a country that is 100 percent Christian... ? They could go to New York City and find 100 times more pagans, it is never fun to watch a big lie in action. Don't get me wrong, Lake Atitlan is a special lake, but most Americans are not physically capable of enjoying this lake. Their health, they bodies, their weight, their ability to walk, all make most generally a bad place to visit. ALL TOURIST LOCATIONS HAVE AN END POINT, WHERE NOTHING IS REAL.
Hi Andy. The Traffic in Xela is 10X worse. See you soon. Adios, amigo. Sal freezing in Xela!
Pana is 50 times better than a snow storm. LOL - Hello, I made this video for people who want to live on Lake Atitlan, not for people who visit Lake Atitlan for less than one month. People who come here with a checklist of things to see, and do, are not people living here. However, this is also saying, your checklist may need to be less about Pana, and more about the other 11 cities on the lake. 11 CITIES ON THE LAKE, there are 11 CITIES ON THE LAKE, you really got to think this lake is huge, i has 11 CITIES ON THE LAKE. Most people lock into a Hotel, or AirBnB, and see only a snapshot of this whole lake. And, many stay in Pana, and are making a daily tourist trip to somewhere on the lake, and are not in Pana. Yet, Pana is quickly becoming only tourism, as does all great place over time. They will one day close off Santander, make it a pedestrian walkway, add sidewalks, and keep the Tuk Tuk, Motocycles under control, and the city will become more "tourist livable." All cites on the planet go through these phases, ,but there are people who want to come hang out, don't you live one day at time, and can move around as they please. And, I don't live on Lake Atitlan, or anywhere, I just visit great places and try to find the best situations. I don' really care where I live, because I have no home, I must live somewhere. I am a person who lives in many cities on the planet, many countries, and Lake Atitlan, even Pana is right now, while there is WINTER in New York City, or USA, 50 times better than that, even with the Dogs, and Traffic, all of life is a comparison.
When I was there last month, I saw a tuk-tuk driver decide to make a right turn from Calle Santander onto Calle Monte Rey by cutting through the entry space for Hotel Kaqchiquel. He hit a young boy coming out. Fortunately, no one was hurt. But this kind of craziness has to stop.
Bruce, that stoop under the Hotel Kaqchiquel is the short cut I use walking to avoid Tuk Tuks, aagh, to walk farther away from their pathway. I feel so fortunate, to not drive cars. When I am inside the USA driving down a tollroad, or super highway and someone passes me at 90 miles per hour, I know all humans are equal, it is proof that all minds are about the same on the planet. I love a legal system that gives people huge fines for dangerous behavior. Countries develop when the rule of law is developed, the better the legal system, the better the development of a country.
I was at the lake last December and spent a day in San Juan. I was intrigued by it. It wasn't "big" or noisy like Panajachel or San Pedro, but it wasn't "small" like Santa Cruz or Jaibalito. I didn't spend the night, but it's on my list of places to come back to spend more time. Has the benefit that it's a short (but bumpy) Tuk-Tuk ride to San Pedro. Interested if anyone else has any more experience there. I have yet to make it to the southside of the lake, so thanks for the information on livability in that area.
I stayed twice in San Juan back in 2009 and 2011. It was quite nice with plenty of things to do. Didn't see many foreigners back then. And I took that tuk-tuk ride back and forth to San Pedro several times.