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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Chero's Bar

Would Hemingway Drink Here?

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

When we travel, we prefer the little restaurants and bars that are packed with locals. There is a certain flavor of authenticity that permeates these places that is unlike tourist stops.

Chero's Bar and Restaurant in Panajachel, Guatemala is one of these places.

Chero's Pupuseria

Chero's Pupuseria





Pupusas are a native El Salvadorian food, and the owner, Ricardo, is from El Salvador. It's the only place in town that serves the typical food from this Central American country. Gallo, on the other hand, is a favored Guatemalan beer.

Chero's Bar and Grill

Chero's Bar and Grill

Not a big place, more like cozy, Chero's is busy most nights. Here you see the bar and the flat top grill where the pupusas are made.

Pupusas and condiments

Pupusas and condiments

What's a pupusa? It's a stuffed tortilla grilled on a grill. The stuffings can range from garlic cheese, red beans, shredded pork, pork and cheese, spinach or any combination of these ingredients.

Condiments include pickled cabbage, hot sauce and pickled jalapeno vegetables.

Garnished pupusas

Garnished pupusas





With the stuffings and condiments, two pupusas are plenty for a meal. One pupusa costs 10 Quetzales each (about $1.25USD).

Musician with a soulful voice

Musician with a soulful voice

On occasion, there will be live music which adds to the enjoyment of eating and drinking at Chero's. This man had visited the States many times and his English was quite good. He came over to our table specifically to let us know how much he loved the U.S., and of course, we love hearing that!

Ricardo taking care of his customers

Ricardo taking care of his customers

We decided, hands down, that Ernest Hemingway would sit and enjoy a drink in this establishment. Friendly, with local flavor and unpretentious atmosphere, we could practically see him at the next table.

Gallo, Cabro and Moza beer served in 16Q & 26Q sizes. Micheladas and a full bar available.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 5pm until late in the evening. Closed Monday.

Located on the corner of Los Arboles and Calle Principal

Panajachel, Guatemala

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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