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I am heading to Guatemala late-June, and I plan on volunteering or interning with an ngo or nonprofit. I have made brief contact with a few organizations, but I am still looking for advice. I will be available to volunteer for 6 weeks before I backpack to Managua, Nicaragua to fly back home at the end of August.
I am a Master of Urban Planning student specializing in international development planning. My work experience includes real estate, construction and urban planning, but I have experience working with children coaching soccer and teaching English.
If anyone has any ideas, recommendations or advice, let me know!
Hi, my girlfriend and I are trying to spend a month or two in San Pedro. The only problem is I need at least a 1mbps upload speed for my work. I also would like some general information on how the payment works for these things, it's hard to find English speaking salesman around here and my Spanish is not that good.
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I need to improve my Spanish skills and get to a working level of the language quite quickly. I am a French speaker and have already a certain knowledge of Spanish, but mostly passive, I never really learnt to speak it. I have a little less than 2 months now to take classes, an I'm thinking of leaving in about a week to take 6 weeks of Spanish classes in Latin America, with at least 20 hours a week. I know my Spanish wont be perfect by then, but I'm really serious about my goals, and will make efforts not to speak any English or French while I'm there, so I hope to improve a lot. I think Guatemala is the best choice for me, mainly cause I'm looking at the cheapest option. I now need to book my flight and think about an option for a city and a school. From what I read, I would probably go to Xela or around lake Atitlan.
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just a quick tip for all who are going to visit Lake Atitlan. First, the main touristic villages are safe when staying in touristic areas (at least have been in 2011) but it is not recommended to leave this areas.
When you are planning to hire a boat please note that the guides are always trying to sell a trip to many of the villages at the lake. But IMHO (and other people I've met agree with that) its enough to visit San Pedro (nice market, coffee fabric), San Antonio (market and cathedral) and Santiago ("blue woman", these are the most beautiful ones.
I was just in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, and bought something from a store there. I have a question about the product and have no way to get in touch with them. If you are going there, I would be SO appreciative if you could stop by that store and forward their email address to me. Drop a line if you can help.
Thank you SO much.
I want to extend my 90 day visa for Guatemala. I´ve realised that the 90 days includes El Salvador and Nicaragua and it looks like I´ll run out when travelling through there.
I´m going to Rio Dulce Livingstone in next few days and want to hop over to Belize.
I want to find a quick route from Livingstone to Belize. It looks like I´ll have to stay over in Livingstone or get to Puerto Barrios, stay a night there then take boat to Belize with the attendant exit charge. Only boats I see mentioned direct from Livingstone to Belize are on Tues and Fri and I´ll miss those days.
I am planning to kill time 72? hours in Belize and then return to Livingstone and rio Dulce to go on up to Tikal. Any advice on things to do on the Belize side in that time. I´ve heard of Palencia. Is that too far?
I am planning to go to Guatemala for 10 weeks and study spanish.
I have been looking at Xela since it offers good prices and dedicated teaching.
I wonder if anyone here has experience from studying spanish there?
Also. The web talks a lot about weather in December and January being cold.
I was hoping to avoid that by staying from Oct to Nov and perhaps one week of December.
Is there any fun staying in this place during this time or is it just pure agony getting through cold nights?
I'm planning to go from Palenque to Flores (Tikal) during my upcoming trip. I understand that many people sign up for a shuttle/boat package to do this trip.
I usually prefer to do these kinds of things on my own (and I speak Spanish), but I'm wondering if the fact that I'm going to be traveling by myself is going to complicate things as far as getting across the river, finding a place to stay, etc. It really sounds as though the whole thing is set up for groups, preferably organized.
Alternatively, maybe I should go via the land crossing at El Ceibo that someone mentioned.
Any thoughts or advice?
my friend and i are from australia and are travelling through central america in 4.5 weeks... we know we havent got nearly enough time to see all it has to offer... but our flights are booked and so now we need to make the most of it.
we will be coming from Belize and are flying out of Guatemala City. We have about 1 week in Guatemala.
So we want to know what we absolutely have to see and how long to spend at those places... obviously working in a north-to-south manner as we are coming from Belize and dont want to be back tracking too much. we are back packing and dont have much money but being two young, blonde english-only speaking tourists, we need to consider safety issues.
any help will be much appreciated!
I was wondering if anyone made it out to El Mirador. I found a tour group in Flores that does one day Helicopter trip to El Mirador and wanted to know if that's worth it. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to do the trekking. Thanks for your input.
Is there a central place? Is there any way to predict?
I'm just wondering as I plan my next trip. Because on my previous trip to Guatemala, I took a chicken bus from Quetzaltenango (where there is a "terminal" of sorts) to the capital. It left me in what seemed like a not-at-all-nice area. I had no idea where I was or how far it was to downtown, or how much a taxi should cost. Turns out my taxi driver was honest and helpful, so it all worked out, but I like to have a better idea than that of where I am.
Thoughts on how I could have handled this?
my girlfriend and I are very excited to start our journey down to Antigua from playa del carmen, Mexico, tomorrow morning, We wanted to double check which route is best for us to take, so far the locals have suggested two options
1, tapachula, Las Flores costing around $120
2. chetumal, belize, guatamala
Were not sure about either of these, thats why we are here!
In 2010 our family spent one night at the Tikal Inn and did a sunrise tour. We enjoyed Tikal so much, we later asked ourselves why we didn't spend more time there. We are returning to Guatemala the last week of May this year, and are trying to make plans. As I read posts from other travelers, I'm not finding anyone who has spent more than one night in Tikal. My questions: Am I crazy for wanting to spend 2-3 nights at Tikal Inn? Has anyone else done this? Should we just spend one night in Tikal and then maybe move on to Yaxha? (haven't been there before). I'm interested in your input.
I want to explore a few places I have yet to visit in Guatemala December 2013 (20th-Jan 4th).
Lake Atitlan,Semuc Champey, Rio Dulce and Xela.
I absolutely LOVE Antigua and need Fernandos Kaffee and to see my beautiful Volcan Aqua
So starting in Antigua, what is the best route for these places?
Are they all doable in 15 days?
Should I book hotels, transport etc. before hand or wait until I get to Antigua?
Any advice greatly appreciated!
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