Getting Here and Around in Panajachel

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Getting Here and Around

The classic route to Panajachel takes you from Guatemala City past Chimaltenango. Just beyond the Encuentros crossroads that leads north to Chichicastenango, follow the signs that direct you south to Panajachel through Sololá. An alternate route turns southwest beyond Chimaltenango to Patzún, then to Panajachel. This isolated route fell into disuse for many years because of numerous robberies. The problem seems to have abated. Most transport uses the Sololá route, which is smoother and more convenient.

The Transportes Rébuli public busses travel from Guatemala City to Panajachel hourly from 5 am to 4 pm daily. Buses bound for Guatemala City leave Panajachel hourly from 6 am to 3 pm daily. The 6 am and 3 pm Greyhound-style buses are more expensive than Rébuli's chicken-bus service, but they're also much more comfortable. Count on a four-hour trip.

Two reputable tour companies, Atitrans and Union Travel, are based in Panajachel and offer tours to just about everywhere in the region.

Panajachel has two primary docks, one at the end of Calle del Embarcadero and one at the end of Calle Rancho Grande. The first is for private boats on the San Pedro route, stopping at Santa Cruz, Jaibalito, San Marcos, Santa Clara, and San Pedro. It's about Q15, no matter where you get off.

The other dock is for hour-long journeys to Santiago, with departures at 6, 8:30, 9, 9:30, and 10:30 am, and 1, 3, 4:30, and 5 pm, and return trips at 6, 7, and 11:45 am, and 12:30, 1:30, and 4:30 pm. The cost is about Q10. Private boats occasionally take passengers to Santiago in about half the time.

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