Xela to Lago de Atitlan

24 Dec 2007 1:04 pm

We decided on the chicken bus for the Saturday morning journey to Lago Atitlan. We first took a minivan to the the ´bus terminal´ in Xela. The bus terminal is located in a great market. The best I´ve seen in Guatemala so far. The bus terminal consists of a thousand old american school buses. We got seats on the 10am direct bus the Panajachel (aka Pana). I was apprehensive because of the long and painful trip from Antigua to Xela. Perhaps traveling on a Saturday is the key. They were not working on the road to Pana and their was no traffic. The bus was not crowded and it was a really great trip. We got into Pana early. Pana is the point of entry for Lago de Atitlan, a major attraction in Guatemala. It´s a large and beautiful lake formed inside a collapsed volcano. Really a stunning place.

They threw our backpacks down from the top of the bus and pointed in the direction of the dock where we caught a boat to take us to our hotel.

 We negociated the price of the launch trip and got on board. About 35 people piled into a boat ment for 20. I counted 10 life jackets. Oh well.

They dropped us at Isla Verde. It´s a bit of a gringo ecco chic place. Kind of upscale and rustic. Built by Anna (from Spain) over the last 4 years. We have direct access to the lake and because the proprty is so steep, we have tremendous views. At $60 pernight for a cabin with bath, this place is a bit overpriced, but that´s OK. I have a job to go back to that will pay for this stay.

2 Responses to “Xela to Lago de Atitlan”

  1. Cynthia Closkey (December 24th, 2007 at 3:45 pm)

    Merry Christmas, Laura! I hope you have a terrific holiday.

    I look forward to seeing the photos if you can get access to a fast internet connection!

  2. Beth (December 24th, 2007 at 9:22 pm)

    Hola Gringa:
    Sounds like the trip is going well and you are having some great experiences! I am envious. I, on the other hand, am getting lots of R&R – reading lots, eating lots, exercizing a bit and generally hanging out with my wonderful neice and nephew.
    Feliz Navidad companera…
    Besos y Abrzos de West Virginia
    Su Companera

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