Jabel Tinamit is located in the heart of Panajachel, 147
km from Guatemala City. Panajachel, population
just 5000, is on the shore of Lago de Atitlan, one of the
world's most spectacular natural environments. From the
beach, a few minutes walk from our school, you can see no
less than three towering volcanoes: Vulcan San Pedro, Vulcan
Toliman and, the highest at 3537m, Vulcan Atitlan.
all over the world come to study Spanish in Panajachel. They
also come to enjoy the local culture, the food, the bars and,
not least, the splendour of the Lago Atitlan.
Living in Panajachel are Guatemalans of indigenous and Spanish
descent. Cakchiquel and Tzutuhil Mayans, from the villages
that surround the lake, sell all manner of handicrafts in the
main street. At the weekends the population swells as visitors
from Guatemala City come to relax and get away from it all.
The town always has a bustling atmosphere so there's never a
dull moment. We're sure you will enjoy your stay in Pana
whether it's just a week or even for a year.
New location for our school from October 2009
Our brand new school is right in the centre of Panajachel very
near the main Church. From the main bus stop (which is at the
cross roads of Calle Principal and Calle Santander &
Avenida de Los Arboles) walk up Avenida de Los Arboles for 2
minutes and we are located just inside the entrance to
Callejon Las Armonias, on the right hand side. Please visit
this location rather than our previous address (on Calle
Santander) which you may find listed on other websites and in
guide books. For a street map
Come and enjoy studying in our beautiful garden. We have a variety of plants, tropical flowers, and fruit trees, like avocado, mandarin, lemon, nectarine, papaya, jocote, organge and a particular and colorful fruit called pitaya that you can find on the roof of our terrace.
Free WIFI is available to all students. We have a library where you an find several books to read in Spanish, including information about Guatemala and many other subjects.
We have online classes with the best technological equipment and highspeed internet to provide excelent service for long distance learning.
places to visit near Panajachel
There are many
nearby places to visit, all possible in a single day
although you may wish to stay longer. These include:
Lucus Toliman - a lakeside village in a coffee
growing area, it has a traditional market 4 days of the week
and is accessible by both bus and boat.
Atitlan - on the far side of the lake, the women
of this traditional town weave colourful cloth whilst many
of its inhabitants still revere a local Mayan god. The one
hour boat trip from Panajachel to the base of the volcanoes
is an experience that will not be forgotten.
Pedro La Laguna - Also on the far side of the
lake, this town not only offers insight into the lives of
indigenous Guatemalans but is 'base camp' for hiking to the
summit of Volcan San Pedro.
villages - To the north of Panajachel, in the
highlands, are three traditional Mayan villages untouched by
tourism. For more details
- 80km from Panajachel, Antigua is a beautiful colonial town
with a majestic central square (Parque Central) and cobbled
streets. It also has three volcanoes in its vicinity one of
which, Volcan Pacaya, remains active to this day!
- 99 km from Panajachel, Quetzaltenango rests in a mountain
valley at over 2300m and is Guatemala's second city. The
centre of the city is dominated by the open space and
impressive colonial buildings of the Parque Centroamerica.
Nearby sights include mountain villages and thermal baths.