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Hi everyone, I'm new on here and this will be my first trip alone. I am a single male going to Guatemala to visit the Mayan ruins in Flores. I am hoping to take the 5 day hike through El Mirador.
Details of my trip: I will be flying June 28th most likely from JFK airport in New York City and return July 9th. Because flying to Flores is expensive, I plan to take the overnight bus from Guatemala City to Flores (where I will stay at the Los Amigos Youth Hostel) after flying in to La Aurora International Airport. TACA airlines which flies from JFK has a flight that reaches Guatemala City at 3:20 pm.
A few questions for you lonelyplanet members:
1. I understand the overnight bus leaves at 9 and 10 pm but does it stop at the airport? Or will I have to go to the bus terminal and if so what is the best way to get there from the airport?
2. How can I spend the 4-5 hours I will... more »
Hi, here is the trip I'm planning to do with my girlfriend. First of all, sorry for my poor English, I'm a french speaker :). I'd like to have advices from some people who've been there to make sure my itinerary is doable and also to make sure I don't miss something I didn't think of. I'd like to receive tips also if and I'm open to change some parts of my planning if I missed something or could simply improve it.
Here it is :
- August 10 : Flight from Montreal to Guatemala City. Arrive at GC @ 11AM. Spend the day in GC and sleep there.
- August 11 : Bus ride to Antigua early in the morning, spending the rest of the day in the old capital.
- August 12 : Early trek to Pacaya during the morning, spending the rest of the day in Antigua.
- August 13 : Day in Antigua
- August 14 : Morning in Antigua, move to Panajachel in the afternoon
- August 15 : Bus to Chichicastan...
I will be going to Guatemala in mid July. I'm spending the first week in Antigua, attending a language school. After that I will have about 8 days to explore on my own and wondering what I should do. I am a 28yr. old woman and this is my first time traveling abroad without my husband, so I am a little nervous about handling the logistics of traveling on my own. I am looking forward to seeing all the natural beauty Guatemala has to offer and hope to avoid major touristy areas. Any advice would be appreciated!
It has to be small, 4 cyl. 2WD and affordable. Parts have to be available. Excellent fuel mileage. What would you recommend? Based on your living in Guatemala...
Is there anyone from the US who will be in Tikal and wouldn't mind helping me retrieve a lost phone? I was recently in Guatemala, and ended up leaving my phone at the Hotel Tikal Inn. I'm having a really hard time figuring out a way to pay for the phone to be shipped back to the US (I'm already back here - Tikal was our last stop).
If there's anyone traveling to the area in the next few days/weeks, and wouldn't mind helping, I'd love to work out the details.
Thanks in advance,
i already posted this on mexico forum but here would be more specific..
i have 30 days to reach cancun where i will fly to europe.
now i'm in palenque (mex)..
i need suggestion about a route..
i would like to see tikal..antigua, lago atitlan, and after?
i like, nature, history, food.. i don´t like big cities and tourist trap.
i'm traveling in budget way..so i don't need all the comfort for the transportation and accomodations..
I'm feeling quite lost and overwhelmed as I plan my two week adventure honeymoon and while I think I have most of it figured out, could really use advice or recommendations on transportation.
Normally I would wait until I was in country to figure out hotels and transportation but because it's my honeymoon I'd like to pre-book all hotels. This means I need to understand transportation between towns and the time it gets to take from place to place.
We will spend the first week in Belize and then of course head to Flores to see Tikal. Will likely spend two nights there. My hope was to go straight from Flores to Lake Atitlan and spend 3 nights there followed by 2 nights in Antigua and then catch my flight home!
- I can't find the best route from Flores to Atitlan and can't figure out how much time of our trip this will eat up. It appears buses and sh...
My girlfriend is an Indonesian citizen holding a Singaporean permanent residency and with a valid touristl visa to the USA. When she inquired how to get a visa to Guatemala, she was told she'd have to apply in person at the nearest embassy which is in Japan. This is impractical since to go to Japan is a six hour flight, and she'd need another visa just to go to Japan. How flexible are the immigration agents? Is there any chance they'd let her negotiate a visa at the airport in Guatemala City?
Hello everyone. I will be in Pana for 25 days starting in mid July. I am looking for recommendations for a Spanish school there. I really need a school in Pana, not one of the other towns on the lake. Thanks!
My boyfriend and I will be taking an 8-day trip this August and I am not totally sure where we want to go. We are both avid mountain bikers and would love to do a bit of trail riding. The main purpose for the trip, however, is to relax and enjoy some down time. I was thinking potentially Guatemala or Belize but would love your recommendations.
I have been looking for a place to stay in Antigua that is safe, not too expensive and near the central park area. This place sounds almost too good to be true, low rents, website looks lovely, near Merced Cathedral. My concern is why it has not been reviewed by any site and why I cannot find any comments from people who have stayed there. If it is as good as it looks, I would think everyone would be talking about it, especially since I have heard that it is not always easy to find good inexpensive rentals in this area. If anyone has personal experience about this place, I would love to hear it. Also, I welcome the names of any other places in the general area. I am a single woman, looking for studio size. Thank you for any help.
I'm going to Guatemala in June with my boyfriend. We will be arriving early in the morning in Guatemala City. Our plan is to go directly to Atitlan. Any reccomendations on the best way to get there? Should we get the shuttle to Antigua and take a bus from there? Or is there a more direct way? Also if anyone has any recommendations on where to stay in Panajachel that would also be great.
Also, we were wondering if anyone has ever had any trouble with using their ATM cards? I have read about ATM scams and am wondering if we should take our cash out before arriving.
Does anyone have experience photographing the streets and people in Guatemala? I am keen to do a mixture of landscape and street photography and I'm interested to hear about people's experiences. Particularly keen to hear how the locals respond to people taking photos of them and neighbourhoods. I want to shoot candids as much as possible but do not want to offend people in the process. My experience has varied from country to country and an online search hasn't thrown up much for Guatemala.
We have just come back from a 3-week trip to Guatemala and Belize, and thought we would share our route and some of the main things we did as we found other people's posts really useful before we went:
Day 1: Arrive Guatemala City, headed straight to Antigua (shuttle buses to your right as you leave the airport)
Day 2: Volcano trek up Pacaya (booked through hostel - Hostel Antigua)
Day 3: Shuttle bus to Panajachel - recommend staying at Mario's Rooms, great location but quiet inside, you would never know you were by the main street
Day 4: Visit to nature reserve (a tuk-tuk will take you there for cheap)
Day 5: Day trip to Chichicastenango (booked through Adrenalina tours)
Travelled back to Pana, and then on to Xela (but think it's possible to arrange to go straight to Xela from Chichi, we didn't realise this though!)
Day 6: Day trip to visit indigenous villages and Fuen... more »
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