Eating Well Around the Clock in Panajachel, Guatemala
It may be called Gringotenango, local-speak for Land of the Gringos, but it has a lot to offer if you’re looking for a good, cheap meal. The jumping-off point to all towns on Lake Atitlán, Panajachel is small, colorful, and congested. This gets exhausting, quickly, so pop into a comedor (local eatery), preferably in time for breakfast, and order the desayuno típico, consisting of eggs, refried black beans, fried plantains and corn tortillas, running you a whopping US$2. For an equally-cheap lunch, try Tacos Orale—not to be missed for quick, delicious tacos. If you’re still hungry by dinnertime, you can’t go wrong with Guajimbo, where they serve mouth-watering Uruguayan churrasco, or barbeque. All restaurants offer great people watching; just be prepared to politely say “No, gracias” to local kids peddling their wares during your meal.