Where to Party at Lake Atitlan during Semana Santa

Semana Santa at Lake AtitlanSan Pedro and the rest of the lake is filled with travelers from Guatemala as well as from around the world, all here to celebrate Semana Santa. Look for parades, bands and “flower carpets” in the main part of town, such as el centro (up the hill) in San Pedro.

Across the lake, Circus Bar, Cafe Atlantis and Restaurante Casablanca have Semana Santa specials, with live entertainment at Circus Bar and Atlantis.

Parties, Bands, DJs in San Pedro

Lots of parties, too. Tonight there’s live music at Zoola and Alegre Pub. El Barrio Bar’s “Fiesta Latina” kicks off with a band tonight and features live music or a DJ through the rest of the week. Lots of action at the new Paul’s Gaff, too.

In the zona viva, people are partying in the street from noon until late. For something different, grab a liter of draft Gallo beer in front of Johanna’s Mini-Mercado.

If you are here for Easter Sunday, head over to Smokin’ Joes’ BBQ at the pool on the way to the Santiago dock.

Security and Safety Around the Lake

It’s hard to run into trouble here. Most parts of the lake are safe most of the time. But like anywhere else, it’s when you let your guard down that they get you. And read our Safety and Security FAQ, at the end of the page.

Hotels and Hostels at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

#LakeAtitlanHotels like Hotel Mikaso, Casa Atitlan (formerly Hostel Jarachik), Hostel Zoola and Maya Moon Lodge are some of the top hotels in Guatemala, thanks to their location on beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Hotel Mikaso at Lake Atilan is the classiest hotel in San Pedro la Laguna.

Hotel Mikaso at Lake Atilan is the classiest hotel in San Pedro la Laguna.

For more info on hotels and hostels at Atitlan, see Hotels at Lake Atitlan.

Real Mexican Food at Lake Atitlan?

There’s only one restaurant I know of that serves authentic Mexican food: Spanglish in Panajachel. Recipes come from a family in Michoacan. They include tasty choices like the Carnitas de Michoacan, lean chopped pork that is some of the best in Guatemala. spanglish-restaurant-panajachel My favorite is the Cochinita Pibil, a pork dish that riginated in Yucatan and has spread across Mexico. The Cochinita Pibil at Spanglish tastes better than the expensive Los Cebollitas in Antigua and the capital. And the portions are huge. You get a pound of several entrees, which also include chicken dishes such as Tinga, for Q65. That’s enough to feed three people. Spanglish owner Axel just introduced a barbecue sandwich made with pulled pork and a sweet sauce. Spanglish also sells gourmet salsas, olive oil, spices and wine. It’s on Calle Arboles just past Circus Bar.

New — and Free! — Health Clinic in Panajachel Opens in March

Dr. Louis Dr Pena Rosenwinkel just announced that free medicine and medical services for those who cannot afford them will be available at the new Health Clinic  in Panajachel this month. The big party to celebrate is  on March 6  at the Hotel Porta del Lago. Funds raised by ticket sales will help cover medicine for the young and old.

New Health Clinic in Panajachel

New Health Clinic in Panajachel

The fiesta starts at 4 PM and lasts until 10 PM. Tickets cost Q200. Donations also accepted.

St. Patrick’s Day Parties at Lake Atitlan

Green, green, green from one side of Lake Atitlan to the other, this St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), when the top place to party in San Pedro la Laguna will be The Clover Restaurant on 7th Avenue. The Clover is the only Irish tavern at the lake, so arrive early and party late.

On the way, get warmed up for the festivities at El Barrio Bar, Naked Sushi, Hostel Zoola, Hotel Mikaso and Casa Atitlan on the East Side, and Alegre Pub, Bar Fe and Fifth Dimension in the zona viva. Early birds: best daytime bar action will be at The Deep End Bar and Pool, The Blue Parrot Bar and Grill and Alegre Pub.

In Panajachel, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Circus Bar and Cafe Atlantis. Like most places, they will have live music or DJs. IslaVerde — “green island” — is the place to go in Santa Cruz, while the folks in Santiago will be at Cafe Quila’s and Posada de Santiago.

New Year’s Eve Parties and Dinners at Lake Atitlan

San Pedro Parties

There’s a New Year’s Eve dinner from 6-9 PM at Cafe la Puerta, with choice of three gourmet entrees for Q65. A few steps down Seventh Avenue from this restaurant, El Barrio’s bash has an open bar (with wrist band) from 9 PM to midnight, with live music and drink specials.

In the zona viva, Alegre Pub’s New Year celebrates the ringing of Big Ben at 6 PM, with live video from London. Live music from 6:30-8 PM, and the official New Year’s Eve party at 9 PM with DJ Freddy.

Jaibalito

Ven Aca will have food and drink specials, drink specials, musical entertainment. Open microphone night.

Santa Cruz

Gourment dinner at Hotel Isla Verde.

Panajachel

Parties at Chapiteau Disco and Circus Bar.

Santiago

Posada de Santiago

Dinner at 7 PM with seven small courses accompanied by three wine. Vegetarian options available. The Ravioli filled with Lobster and Bleu Cheese on a Fresh Tomato-Herb Sauce and Covered with a Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Sauce sounds incredible! Also Beef Tenderloin with Chipotle Béarnaise and amazing side dishes and desserts. Plus a boat ride at 11:30 to view fireworks. Q350, or Q50 just for boat ride.

San Marcos

Party at Hotel La Pax.

Christmas Dinners and Parties at Lake Atitlan in December 2012

Where to Eat Christmas Dinner at Lake Atitlan

This will be updated as breaking news shatters the picture glass window in the How Am I Going to Get Out of Thi Situation Room.

San Pedro Christmas Dinners

Cafe La Puerta features Baked Ham and Mayan Dishes: December 25, afternoon.

D’Noz Restaurant, roast turkey buffet: December 25, 3 PM.

Alegre Pub: Christmas Breakfast, all you can eat, December 25, 10:30 AM

Alegre Pub: Christmas Dinner, roast turkey, December 25, 6 PM

Santa Cruz Christmas Dinners

Hotel Isla Verde: December 24, outdoors with Mayan ceremony.

Party at End of World Bar Parties at Lake Atitlan December 2012

End of World in 2012 Parties at Bars around Lake Atitlan

For those who prefer to party the end of the world away, Most bar will be rockin’ on the 20th, 21st or both. Official Parties in San Pedro are at El Barrio Bar, The Clover and Alegre Pub. Hit ’em hard at Cafe Quila’s and Posada de Santiago in Santiago, and Chapiteau, Cafe Atlantis and Circus Bar in Panajachel.

This info on 2012 parties at Lake Atitlan for December 2012 will be updated as breaking news batters down the door of the How Did I Get in this Situation Room.

Another Earthquake Today, Sunday, in Guatemala. A 6.4 Quake

struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala around 5 PM MST. No reports from the scene yet. People in San Marcos felt it at Lake Atitan, and someone in Santiago reported that things hanging on the walls had “…moved quite a bit.” The magnitude was later reduced to 6.2.

Look for updates on these sites:Antigua Guatemala Earthquake News or Lake Atitlan News.