Attractive colonial-style hotel with a colonnaded ochre exterior, simple but cheerful guestrooms and a peaceful courtyard area.
The attractive and peaceful colonial-style Hotel Chinimaya has a lovely colonnaded exterior, a leafy courtyard and a cheerful, sunny colour scheme of oranges and yellows. The location allows easy access to the centre of Panajachel without subjecting guests to the noise and bustle of the town centre.
Accommodation is simple but inviting, with patchwork bedspreads and plenty of light streaming into the spacious rooms. The friendly staff will go out of their way to make your stay an enjoyable one.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Highlights? “The whole of Guatemala - can’t wait to go back. People were amazing - Tikal awesome. We wouldn’t have even gone if Tom Manchester hadn’t advised us to”.CJ, Warwickshire
The trip to Guatemala far exceeded any expectation we had, we were constantly saying, "Oh my God, how fantastic is this!" With the exception of Cobán which has very little to offer, everyday offered a new, memorable and in many cases totally unexpected experience. We were so fortunate to see the Easter preparations and parades, never thought I would see the like and Tikal was quite stunning. We had no expectation of Livingstone and the journey there and we were simply bowled over by how fantastic it was, that basically is how we felt about the whole trip.DA, Waterloo
A wonderful trip combining exploration, education and adventure with some relaxation at the end. We learned about the Maya and wildlife from our knowledgeable guides. Highlights:Sitting on the stones at the top of Temple 4 in Tikal looking out over the jungle canopy.SB, London
Most Memorable Moment?: Difficult to pick only 1! The ruins at Copan & Tikal were truly stunning and we also loved the costumes and villages in the HighlandsFC, Haywards Heath
Guatemala is just a lovely country coming to terms with tourism. However the hotels (except the quality in Coban) were beautifully maintained and in wonderful locations. The sites we visited were wonderful and the stay at Chiminos Lodge was an experience of a lifetime.P
Highlight?: The Mayan site at Tikal and the Spanish colonial architecture.JDL, St. neots
Highlight: It is difficult to pick one thing. We loved the feel of Antigua and will consider going back there to spend more time. We also loved travelling through the Guatemalan highlands, visiting the local markets, walking through the colourful graveyards with locals performing ancient rituals and generally experiencing a sense of what life is like for a modern day Mayan. On one particular day, when visiting the markets at Almolonga and Zunil, we witnessed an eruption of Volcan Santaguito.DE, Wilmslow
We had the most wonderful trip. All arrangements went to plan and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing a part of the world we hadn't visited before. As well as gaining a real flavour of Central America and the Mayan culture we kayaked, canoed, fished, snorkelled, swam with sharks, cycled, visited Mayan ruins, villages and the market at Chiticastananga. Throughout the trip we experienced excellence in service with everyone we encountered. We loved the variety of it all and yet we also had time each day to relax and read.LM, Reading
Highlights: Sunrise with birds and monkeys in Lapa Rios; watching a shaman with a distressed young woman making sacrifices and praying with her in graveyard(Chichicastango); meeting Mayan women (San Antonio and San Juan).VAJ, London
Highlights:- difficult to decide as there were so many Tikal was amazing, Lake Atitlan excellent with our best guide but there were so many other wonderful places and peopleTG
Many different aspects combined to make a memorable trip. Hidden Valley has real charm, Tikal was amazing and San Pedro was relaxingAM, Farnham
The trip around Guatemala was fantastic and very varied.EM, Ilkley
Highlights included the visit to Chichicastanango and Tikal. Truthfully we had a fantastic time and it was all memorable.FB, London
Tikal jungle setting had the ultimate combination of wildlife, environment, landscape and ruins.SW, Telford
Highlight?: San Juan - interesting to learn all about preparing textiles and weaving and great to be able to buy the goods and support the community at the same time. Tikal - amazing. Snorkelling from a flat-bottomed boat at Ambergris Caye.TH, Loughborough
We knew nothing about Guatemala and Belize before our trip and had not visited Central America. We relied on JLA understanding our interests and the resulting recommendations proved very successful.NW, Wells
Loved all of it!!
We loved all of it for different reasons, what made the trip exceptional though was the ease of travelling facilitated by the local representatives.GW, Chinnor
5 highlights that we have to mention in itinerary sequence rather than preferential sequence 1. Being in Antigua when they were having the Festival des Flores. Made the city even more interesting and colourful 2. Sunset and volcanoes in Atitlan. Would never have tired of that view 3. The sheer relief of getting to the top of the Mayan Face! 4. Sunset kayak at Chiminos island lodge 5. TikalKG, London
The combo of Guatemala Highlands and Honduras/Livingston offered the experience of a variety of settings and cultures. I must say that Antigua and Atitlan were stunning!CV, New York
The trip far exceeded any expectation we had, we were constantly saying "Oh my God, how fantastic is this is"DA, Waterloo
Highlights “With the exception of Coban which has very little to offer, everyday offered a new, memorable and in many cases totally unexpected experience. We were so fortunate to see the Easter preparations and parades, never thought I would see the like and Tikal was quite stunning. We had no expectation of Livingstone and the journey there and we were simply bowled over by how fantastic it was, that basically is how we felt about the whole trip.”DA, Waterloo
Most memorable experience: "Talking with fisherman and sons at Livingston and sharing their excitement when looking through binoculars for the first time. Volcano erupting at Antigua."MT, Exeter
The combo of Guatemala Highlands and Honduras/Livingston offered the experience of a variety of settings and cultures. I must say that Antigua and Atitlan were stunning!CV NYC, USA
Everything about Guatemala was a highlight, particularly the market at Chichicastenango and lake Atitlan.HN, Brentwood
Highlights: So much to choose from! But the highlight was Tikal, where my daughter finally got to see the Chewing-Gum Tree, spider and howler monkeys, toucans, leaf-cutter ants, even a rare bird the Tody motmot, not to mention astounding Mayan temples...CL, Cambridge
Highlight?: Visiting Mayan villagesEF, Southampton
Highlight?: The Mayan ruinsKS, Oldham
Highlights:- So many memories, I think I have to say Lake Atitlan.KW
Tour of Tikal was much appreciated. Guide was knowledgeable and it would have been difficult to learn as much on our ownNW, Wells
The deteriorating condition of Lake Atitlan is of concern. Tourists are contributing to the pollution but the loss of future tourism due to its state will be negative to the country. Guatemala needs to deal with this.AA
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