Throw up and tantrums were the themes of our first family trip here in Guatemala. But the stunning backdrop of Lake Atitlán makes vacationing with toddlers a little more bearable. One of the most beautiful fresh water lakes in the world and my favorite place to visit in Guatemala, it was a no-brainer for our first family trip.
The drive from the City to Panajachel takes about 3 hours with the last hour of the drive through the mountains and very winding. We made the mistake of letting Adilia drink an entire bowl of soup when we stopped half way through for lunch, which then promptly came back up 20 min into our drive. After a quick pit stop on the side of the road, witnessed by five local men having an early happy hour, we changed Adilia’s clothes and wiped down the seat the best we could before hopping back into our vomit-scented car to complete our drive. Upon arrival at our hotel, a kind hotel employee offered to wash the car seat….thank you Santos you really are a saint.
We stayed at the Hotel Posada De Don Rodrigo in Panajachel. The location can’t be beat and we had beautiful views right from our room. After a bath to clean Adilia up a little better we watched the storm roll in and made it an early night.
Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America with stunning views of volcanoes and villages where Mayan culture is still prevalent. Created when a volcano erupted about 84,000 years ago, it is now a unique destination for those looking for a natural escape. The best way to visit the surrounding villages is to explore the lake by boat. So on our first morning we headed out to do just that.
This all looks romantic and it very well can be, but children make everything a little less serene. The first part of the morning went well but after a few hours the moods turned and lunch consisted of me shoving food in my mouth before leaving with a screaming and kicking Neva out of a restaurant. Yay vacation!
After a little rest and some alone time with me Neva’s mood turned around and we were able to walk around Panajachel for awhile in the afternoon.
Even with the ups and downs of the trip it was a wonderful adventure and exactly what we’d imagined when we made the move here.