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Guatemala: Road Closure May Make Lake Atitlan Hard to Reach until January

By Larry Habegger | Permalink | 3 comments | November 10th, 2010 | Trackback

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City strongly recommends deferring travel to Lake Atitlan until January because the road from the Department of Solola to Panajachel on the lake will be closed until the end of the year while a new road is being built. The Embassy reported that alternate routes to Panajachel by road or boat involve unnecessary risk because of “banditry, lack of infrastructure and cell phone coverage, and hazard prone stretches.” The notice also urged visitors to avoid travel to the lake during the holiday season because of increased crime at that time.


Atitlan Community | November 11th, 2010 at 9:14 am
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Guatemaladreams | November 20th, 2010 at 9:22 am
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Lake Atitlan is open and safe, the shuttle drivers from Antigua know the routes in, and they are fine. Guatemala is an adventure, not a hazard.

There is a blog by an expat who lives at the lake here

Atitlan Community | July 25th, 2011 at 9:29 am
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As of the 23rd of July 2011 the road between Panajachel at lake atitlan and San Andres Semetabaj is closed for at least a few more days. (huge mudslide)

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