Casa Cakchiquel, Panajachel

#15 of 26 in Things to do in Panajachel
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Casa Cakchiquel the cultural heritage of Panajachel

Built in 1948 by the Swedish countess Aimee Spens, “El Cakchiquel” was one of the first hotels on Lake Atitlan.

According to the legend Ernesto "Che” Guevara, Ingrid Bergman and other intellectuals, artists, painters and writers enjoyed the house in its golden years.

Today, the house has been lovingly restored with the finality of preserving its spirit and values and serves the multiethnic population of the Atitlan basin with an Art, Cultural and CommunicationCenter.

Casa Cakchiquel offeres a Museum and Gallery space with an exceptional and rare historical photo collection for Guatemala. The house is presenting the work of the most important Photographers between 1880 and 1960 like; Valdevalleno, Eichenberger, Muybrick, Biener, Zadek and El Indio amongst others.

Casa Cakchiquel features a peaceful and quiet garden space and invites you, to spend a moment after your visit in the museum.

With Mr. Jon’s Desayunos for breakfast or Restaurant Hana, Casa Cakchiquel has partnered with the best Restaurant for your culinary needs.

Feel free to walk around and visit the Radio Station or visit our fair trade store.

If you like Casa Cakchiquel please visit us on facebook and leave your comments on Trip Advisor: Casa Cakchiquel

Thank you for your support and enjoy your stay.
Make Casa Cakchiquel a centerpiece of your Panajachel vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Panajachel travel route planner.
Create an itinerary including Casa Cakchiquel
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Casa Cakchiquel reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
29 reviews
  • A small museum in the heart of Panajachel that has some interesting things to see. A nice quiet setting. It only takes a half hour to go through.  more »
  • We popped in here due to guide book recommendation. This place was a hot spot in the late mid 1940’s They display photos of a by gone day when the railroad and postal services were here. We enjoyed...  more »
  • Restaurante Hana is quite good!
  • Not impressed by the sushi portion sizes, I felt it was overpriced for what you received. My wife ordered a rice dish and really didn’t like it. On the other hand, we have eaten there before and enjoyed it. The 2 for 1 California Roll is not worth it, in my opinion.

Plan your trip to Panajachel

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.