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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Blind Lemmon's, San Marcos La Laguna

Blind Lemon’s, San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
(across the lake from Panajachel)

Blind Lemon’s holds out an invitation to travelers who want good food served in a pleasing ambiance.

Blind Lemon’s was built by a blues guitarist musician and cabinetmaker who wanted to create a music venue to attract the best in live entertainment, and give value and satisfaction to his customers. The restaurant features weekly Blues Nights, as well as big screen showings of recent Hollywood, documentary, art, and foreign films. We have had theatre presentations and circus performances here as well as a host of wonderful musicians who have played here. We also have a bar and billiards for those so inclined. Blind Lemons also features an wireless internet cafe.

The building is large enough to host conferences and workshops and with advanced notice we can serve food for large groups.

For visitors to San Marcos who want to dive deeper into the cultural experience, yet want quiet comfortable lodging, Blind Lemon’s offers rooms in a secure walled private home. Each room has a private bath with use of the living space, fireplace, and fully equipped kitchen and outdoor solar shower. The house, surrounded by tropical gardens, sits in the middle of the San Marcos valley and the upper deck has a wonderful view of the lake and 7 volcanoes, and the mountains behind. Being slightly separated from the town, nights are quiet and peaceful.

The owner has lived and worked among the Maya of San Marcos L.L. for more than thirteen years and has helped many people that wish to integrate into this culture and enjoy living in Guatemala.

Named for the first working street musician of the 20th century, Blind Lemon’s was conceived as a live music venue. And considering its remote location, Lemon’s attracts a fairly steady stream of great musical and entertainment talent. As this is Guatemala, we never know too much in advance when these people are going to walk through the door, but we’re happy to keep you informed and put you on our events mailing list if you’ll send us an email to

Every Tuesday night is Bluesnight here. Carlos, the owner, holds down the fort with his repertoire of originals and covers of the bluesmen of the 20th century such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Tampa Red, and of course Blind Lemon Jefferson, and welcomes anybody else who plays the blues to participate. During the high season of December to March we also have many open mikes as well. Other nights, we have the latest best movies and documentaries shown on the big screen. We also have a Directv system from the USA to cover major sporting events.

If you are a musician and are coming to Guatemala and San Marcos and are interested in playing here, please drop us an email and let us know.send on the season, occupancy, and length


Music Festival Atitlan, Santiago

The 2009 Festival Atitlan will be on march 14th (and maybe 15th)

Another incredible year for Festival Atitlan! The 8th of March, 2008, from 11 AM until 12 PM, we celebrated the sixth Lake Atitlan Internacional Music and Art Festival in Santiago Atitlan.

This year we had a new place for the Festival, in Tzam Chicham, across the street from where they are building the new Hospitalito, where it's more comfortable and much simpler to put on the show. The 2008 Festival was the best we have ever put on, with 13 hours of music and bands of all kinds from around the world, including Iguanamanga, Naino (check out the video), The Leroy Mack Bluegrass Band, La Trova Del Lago, Strate Crooked, Method to the Madnez, Mambo Balam, Aj tzutjilaa, Kevin Warner trio, Musicosas, Brian Howe from Bad Company, Saraguate, Canopus, Hacedor de Lluvia, Baraka Tum, and Don Nito with his Marimba. (Details on the Band page).

we donated the proceeds to Kaslimaal, the comittee to rebuild the Hospitalito Atitlan. We have started planning the 2009 Festival, and things are forging ahead well, with lots of enthusiasm and cooperation from more community groups.

Theres lots to do! We need your help


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San Pedro Spanish School

Our Spanish courses consist of one-on-one between the teacher and the student. You can enroll in different levels, from beginner to advance. There is an option to examine your starting level when you enter the course so it can be adapted to your necessities and qualifications, and to improve every area of your instruction.

At the San Pedro Spanish School you have the opportunity to further you use of the Spanish language by living with a well selected family. With no more than two students per family, you can be fully immersed in the Spanish language and culture, while building lasting relationship. The family package includes seven days accommodation with thee meals per day.

Everyday you can participate in the different free activities organized by the school. Activities include: Spanish Conversation Club, Salsa dance lessons, conferences and lectures, and movies on Guatemalan history on topics such as the recent civil war, the Mayan calendar, and the Mayan culture. There are also optional excursions provided on weekends.
We also give you one hour of free internet time at D´NOZ CAFE and we have negotiated special rates for our students to hire horses, kayaks or mountain bikes to explore the surrounding area.
Sample of Weekend Excursions
  • Kayak to San Marcos.
  • Chichicastenango Market (Mercado de Chichi).
  • Zip Line (Canopo).
  • Hike up the Nose of the Indian (Nariz del Indio).
  • San Pedro Volcano (Volcán de San Pedro).
  • Bicycle trip to San Marcos.
  • Xela.
  • Museums (Museos).
  • Fund Raising Parties.

The Maktub'ar Cafe Jardin, Panajachel

temporary closed

Panajachel Nightlife: Pana Rock!

Ready for some Panajachel Nightlife? Pana Rock, about halfway down Santander on the east side of the street, is Panajachel’s nightlife designer imposter, lifting its name, ambiance and general decorations from America’s Hard Rock Café. But it’s all in good fun, and Pana Rock is one of the town’s best places to catch local live music acts, as well as to take advantage of their two-for-one cockails during happy hour. Other fun Panajachel nightlife spots are Pana Arte I and II, and Circus Bar on Avenida Los Arboles.


Movimiento Ati

Movimiento Ati

A few months ago, the cultural magazine Revista Ati and Jack’s Cafe join efforts in order to bring a different proposal to Panajachel. This proposal made Jack’s Cafe the art central at lake Atitlan, with different activities everyday going from live music by several local bands, to puppets theater, poetry and Guatemalan films among others things. Casa Ati/Jack’s Cafe is located in Calle de los Arboles.
This place also offers a nice variety of drinks and food at a really reasonable prices. Definitely a place you should not miss while you visit the most beautiful lake in the world. Casa Ati/Jack’s Cafe is located in Calle de los Arboles really close to Santander Street.
Revista Ati organize as well every 2 months “El Festivalito”, a small cultural festival that brings together the best artist of the region and the country. To check the dates, places and activities of El Festivalito, check the calendar event in “Revista Ati”.

NightLife on Lake Atitlan

There are lots of night clubs for the world Traveler on Lake Atitlan we all gotta party. Here are some tips...

Panajechel has two clubs that do music every night and many that have live music on the weekends. Currently my favorite place is Las Piratas on Calle de los arboles. Formerly known as "Jacks Place". Jack supports the local artisanos and musicians and rightly so seems to have some of the best music.

San Pedro is the second best town on Lake Atitlan for nightlife with many restaurants, bars, etc that do live music, dj's and more. I don't know specific clubs or music scenes so maybe some musician or bar will write me with more info about where to go for music and dance in San Pedro.

Some of the other pueblos on Lake Atitlan have occasional nightlife, music, dance parties, dj's, performance art or whatever. You just gotta be around the lake ask the musicians and artists where the music scene is.


Solomons Porch, Panajachel, Guatemala

Internet Café….Giant Screen Cinema.…
Satellite TV….Movie rentals….
Live Music….Restaurant

Where you can kick back and relax. Pick a movie from our hundreds of titles to take home , or watch on the Giant Screen cinema. Stay for a great meal from our international menu and listen to local musicians entertain you with live music. You can even check your email with our free wireless internet while enjoying a fresh mocha or cappuccino made from world-class locally grown coffee.
We are located in the direct center of Panajachel. 50 meters above the intersection of calle Santander and Calle Principal. Stop in to see what is happening this week or just say hi!
Please join us for the next WEEKLY LECTURE
More information, follow link

Comedor Emilio Restaurant in Panajachel

The menu for the Comedor Emilio Restaurant in Panajachel, Guatemala. To get there, walk from the main street towards the lake, take a left, and walk until you get to the above sign, its on the left hand side of the road.

You have a great view of the volcanoes while you eat...They serve good 15 Q  breakfasts. For Good cheap food, eat your morning meal here when in Panajachel.

Picture from:
Wade from Vagabond

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Places to eat in San Pedro la Laguna

Places to eat from muddyfeet blog on travel pod

The Cove
is one of my favorites. This would be the restaurant that Bill from Tucson owns. Great burritos and breakfast. He lives in the back and is one of the more inspiring expatriates that I´ve met.
Cafe Flores
is locally owned and has great food. Excellent prices for the quality and quantity.
Allegra Pub is a New Zealand owned sports bar with a seemingly endless game of futbal on a few TVs. I was there for the end of the Scotland vs Italy game and it was quite an experience. In addition to the first sport I´ve ever had interest in watching, they have great potatoes, vegy burgers and other vegetarian options. From what I can tell, the bar is fully equipped and the mighty meat eaters will find some great options as well. They also show free movies every night. D´Noz, pronounced deenose, is more of an afternoon place for me with great hot chocolate and light fare options. They also have a lending library and show movies in the pm.
Zoola is Israeli owned and the menu reflects such. It has a great atmosphere with cozy pillows and hammocks.
Shanti Shanti I discovered in my last week. Opens early EVERY morning and has great pancakes at a good price. Restaurante Brenda´s is the first locally owned restaurant I went to. Opening early, I usually get a breakfast of pancakes with fruit, yogurt and granola on top.

I have also had so much chocolate pan that I now know exactly which child I like to purchase from. Her name is Carin or Karin and she has a fabulous smile.