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.

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.

Too Many Restaurants in San Pedro la Laguna?

There are now at least 25 restaurants in San Pedro, and that doesn’t include the taco stands, comedors and other places to eat that are run by Maya. That’s great for travelers, who can choose from sushi, steak, fresh Pacific seafood, smoked barbecue, Irish stew, vegetarian fare like curry, and even Southern-style biscuits with sausage gravy. And that’s just a few of the many varieties of food in San Pedro.

Even so, 25 restaurants is way too many for this town, and local tourism savants are predicting that it’s time to thin the herd. That will happen in May, when things slow down a bit.

For more info, look under Categories in the right panel, or see Deep End Bar and Pool for a review.

Hostel and Restaurant of the Month at the Lake

Sol de Atitlan Magazine just announced Hostel Fe is the Hostel of the Month for December, and Restaurant of the Month is Cafe Atitlan. Both are in San Pedro la Laguna. See Sol de Atitlan for more of the latest news from Lake Atitlan.

13 Baktun Ceremonial Meal in San Pedro la Laguna

Mayan Dining for End of the World at Lake Atitlan

In San Pedro on December 21, 2012, Cafe la Puerta will serve nine tipico Guatemalan foods starting at noon. Some are World Heritage dishes, and it’s only Q40.

Restaurante Cafe la Puerta in San Pedro la Laguna

Cafe la Puerta is a great place for lunch or breakfast all year ’round. They make their own bread, even the tortillas. For more info, see Cafe la Puerta.

Café Atitlan Moves to New Location

With a unique menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Café Atitlan has been a popular restaurant for several years. Café Atitlan just moved to Hostel Jarachik, conveniently located halfway between the zona viva and Seventh Avenue’s strip of bars and restaurants. (Like Café Atitlan, Hostel Jarachik is also Maya-owned and operated, and is an excellent place to stay.)

Dining at Cafe Atitlan

The menu offers unusual meals like the Elvis Waffle (with peanut butter, bacon and chocolate syrup!) and the Calgary Cowboy Burger. Budget breakfasts are also popular with locals and travelers alike.  Drop by Cafe Atitlan for more info.