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Almost on Santander

Intersects Calle Santander.

Intersects Calle Santander.

On Calle Santander you find an amazing number of non-locals. Some are from Guatemala City but many are from Europe, the US, the UK, China and, well, lots of other places. You will hear lots of languages being spoken and lots of tall white folks which are a significant contrast with the short, dark Maya.

Most of those tourists will walk along the beach, Calles Santander, Real and Los Arboles and that’s about it. I am sure they would not be surprised to see that there is another Panajachel but most will be so surprised that it may be only a few meters away. This post is but one example.

Looking down the callejon from Calle Santander.

Looking down the callejon from Calle Santander.

Callejon Los Quenun intersects Calle Santander between Calle 14 de febrero and Calle 15 de febrero. On the left is the driveway to the parking lot of a plaza. On the right is some big property on Calle Santander. When you look down the Callejon you don’t see anything. But, just start walking. Between Santander and Rancho Grande (the next main street) there is a whole community.

First side-alley, TukTuk in the distance.

First side-alley, TukTuk in the distance.

While it is a straight run, just wide enough for TukTuks, between the two streets, there are quite a few side-callejones that take you into groups of small houses. On this first one there is a “garage sale”. Los Quenun acts as the “business street” for these people.

Between Santander and Rancho Grande.

Between Santander and Rancho Grande.

 

On the right is a photo taken about half way between Calles Santander and Rancho Grande. It seems like the start of the “main business district”. We start with an Internet cafe. Beyond that is a “tienda of curiosidades” and they a tortillaria. There are also a couple of grocery stores. What I noticed as new was a hardware store. I guess you can call it that — I saw typical plumbing and electrical supplies.

on Quenun close to Rancho Grande.

on Quenun close to Rancho Grande.

Just to prove it is a real business area, there is a another grocery store, a cosmetics store and a second tortillaria. Not pictured is the PanaKids Primary School, a music school and a few other small businesses.

This is one of the better callejones in this part of town as far as businesses. If, however, you go down one of the many callejones that run west off of Calle de Los Arboles you will find a similar collection of very local businesses.

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