The principal activities in Panajachel are strolling along Calle Santander and the lakeshore, shopping, and hanging out in one of the cafes, bars, or restaurants.

The main Catholic church, located in the heart of the Old Town, dates back to 1567, and was meticulously restored in 1962. This small church is wonderfully maintained and remains very active to this date. The old stone facade looks almost whitewashed, and the diminutive plaza in front of the church is a major meeting place for locals.

Language schools attract many visitors to Guatemala. While most of the language school action is centered across the lake in San Pedro, there are several Spanish schools in Panajachel. The best of these include Jardín de América Spanish School (tel. 502/7762-2637; www.jardindeamerica.com) and the Pana Atitlán Language School (tel. 502/7762-1196). Rates are around Q750 to Q1,125 ($100-$150/£50-£75) per week for 4 hours of class per day and a homestay with a local family.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.