I had been a little worried about the border crossing from Mexico into Guatemala on T's behalf, as I had read a recent article by an Australian woman saying that she had been sent back to Mexico City to obtain a visa before being allowed to enter (despite this being contrary to all other sources of information). I needn't have worried though, as apart from having to stand outside the immigration office in the outrageously hot sunshine, everything went smoothly for this Australian and New Zealander, largely due to the help of a very kind American-Mexican couple from San Cristobal, also heading to Lago de Atitlan.
Panajachel is the largest village on the shores of Lake Atitlan, and we stayed at a simple guesthouse named Posada Monte Rosa. We enjoyed several meals at the vegetarian Bombay Cafe (including vegan brownies for dessert!), drinks at the Sunset Cafe overlooking the lake and zipping around by boat to the villages of San Pedro La Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna and Santiago Atitlan.