Tue 10 Nov 09 - Wed 11 Nov 09 70 °F
The next day I went to Panajachel to spend the night there. As soon as I arrived in Pana I noticed how different it was. San Pedro and Santa Cruz were quite towns. Pana on the other hand was packed with tourists and travelers. The main street is lined on both sides with artisan markets selling all kinds of arts and crafts. There was a ton of restaurants, coffee shops and bars along the street and people just walked up and down the road. It was mostly tourists and not travelers or backpackers. Let me clarify quickly. Tourists are those people who are on vacation for a very short amount of time where money is not an issue. They stay at nice hotels and they spend money left and right at restaurants and markets. Travelers and backpackers are there for weeks, months or even years (Marc is traveling for 16 months!) Travelers and backpackers are the type of people I run into and make friends with easily since we're all going through the same experience. Time is not as much of an issue but money is. So we always share tips and stories of places to stay at and places to visit. I don't know why I got sidetracked but to get back to what I was trying to say Pana had many coach buses filed with tourists. Nevertheless it was nice to see so many people around for a change. Around sunset I went to Sunset Cafe (of course!) which is right by the water. The sunset was breathtaking. The sun sets behind the mountains facing the lake.
I stayed at Mario's Rooms in Pana and I must say that was the best place I stayed at since I've been here comfort-wise. The mattress was firm and did not sag in the middle, the room was super clean and free of bugs. The next day I headed to the other side of Pana closer to the other dock. There were many restaurants right by the water. The food is pretty good and the view is beautiful. It seems that no matter where you are on the lake you always get a wonderful view. The lake is absolutely stunning and the current situation is truly unfortunate not for travelers alone but for the inhabitants mostly.