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What do people like (and dislike) about Panajachel?

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When we asked expats and global nomads what they like and dislike about living in Panajachel, they replied...

"Well for starters, I love the people of Panajachel. I fell like I am home there. Life is not expensive. There is lots to do or you can do nothing at all. Lake Atitlan is THE most beautiful lake in the World. All the villages that surround the lake are totally different and fun to visit.. There are 22 different indigenous languages. Travel around the area is very cheap. A car is not necessary. The chicken busses and Tuktuks get you where you need to go on land and the public boats get you across the lake to any village you like for very little cost.( Pana to San Pedro 25 Q - $4. ) It is called the eternal Spring because it never gets over 75F or under 15F. The rain season is tollerable as most the rain comes at the afternoons. You are 2-3 hrs from the airport by shuttle. (aprox $25) Competition for that service allows you to negotiate a better deal. I have used the same service for 6 yrs and they have been very reliable . On time pickup and drop off. Just a note: When going to the city to catch a flight I always go a day before to avoid any delays that can happen between Pana and the airport. I stay a a little hotel where I am again like family and they drop me off for my flight at no cost. When I first started to go to Panajachel I did get annoyed at a few things I saw. After a while I had to realize that It was not my Country and I had to accept the way certain situations are. I would recommend you come to Pana and see for yourself. It may not be everyone's cup of tea. For those of us who live there it is Paradise," wrote a member who made the move to Panajachel, Guatemala.

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"Expats and digital nomads generally like the low cost of living in Panajachel, which allows them to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank. They appreciate the natural beauty of the area, with its stunning views of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding volcanoes. The climate is also a major draw, as it is often referred to as the "Land of Eternal Spring" due to its mild temperatures and pleasant weather year-round. The local culture and friendly people are another aspect that expats and digital nomads enjoy, as they can immerse themselves in the vibrant Guatemalan way of life. The town has a laid-back atmosphere, which is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Additionally, there is a growing expat community, making it easier for newcomers to make friends and find support. However, there are also some downsides to living in Panajachel. One common complaint is the lack of reliable infrastructure, particularly when it comes to internet connectivity. This can be a significant issue for digital nomads who rely on a stable connection for their work. Power outages can also be a problem, although they are usually short-lived. Another concern is the limited availability of high-quality healthcare facilities in the area. While basic medical care is accessible, more specialized treatments may require travel to larger cities like Guatemala City. The language barrier can also be challenging for those who do not speak Spanish, although many locals do speak some English. Lastly, safety and security can be a concern for some expats and digital nomads living in Panajachel. While the town itself is generally safe, petty crime and theft can occur, so it's essential to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings," explained one expat living in Panajachel, Guatemala.

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