Hostels in Panajachel, Guatemala

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Get to know Panajachel (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Panajachel. To help you make friends with Panajachel before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

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Panajachel, the largest town on Lake Atitlan, is located on the east side of the lake (closest to Antigua and Guatamala City) and is generally where you get dropped off. There is a busy little market area running down the main strip where most Panajachel hostels are located. The chance of some relaxing peace and quiet are slim. The majority of the hostels seem to be tucked away down long alley ways without signs for their whereabouts, and once you find one it's cheaper to stay in a hotel with a private bathroom than a dorm!

This town seems more like a gateway to other towns on the lake. The locals constantly offer you boat rides to San Marcos or San Pedro (which are nearly half the price for accommodation and food). The town leads downhill to a nice waterfront area where there is the evidence of the lake's mysterious rising water; an old lifeguard tower sits nearly fully submerged by the water. At the water's edge you get a beautiful view of the lake and the volcanoes that are waiting for you to conquer! A short tuk tuk ride or a ten-minute walk will take you to the dock, where the boats run to other towns for a reasonable price. This is a must-do, as it's quicker to get a bus to this town and then boat thirty minutes to other towns on the lake than to travel by road around the lake. Other than overpriced food, accommodation, and some fancy five-star hotels, this town doesn't have much to offer and it's better to put it behind you and instead take a boat across the lake.

FAQ about Panajachel Hostels

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A hostel in Panajachel costs on average $14 for a dorm. A hostel in Panajachel with private rooms costs on average $87. shows all 6 Hostels in Panajachel. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Selina Atitlan is the best rated hostel in Panajachel for female solo travellers. compares prices for 6 hostels in Panajachel, Guatemala. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Panajachel such as
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Dreamboat Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Panajachel.

It offers: Bar.

Panajachel Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Panajachel, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
6 Total number of hostels
$14 Average dorm price
$87 Average private room price
$7 Cheapest hostel in Panajachel
Hostal Abu is the cheapest
4 Party hostels in Panajachel
Dreamboat Hostel is the best rated
Most Panajachel hostels are located in
Zona 2
6.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Sololá (6 Km / 3 mi.)
Santa Cruz La Laguna (7 Km / 5 mi.)
Lake Atitlan (11 Km / 7 mi.)
Tzununa (11 Km / 7 mi.)
San Pedro La Laguna (14 Km / 9 mi.)
Santiago Atitlan (14 Km / 8 mi.)
San Juan La Laguna (15 Km / 9 mi.)

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