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I am planning a trip to Guatemala and Belize from Dec to Jan. There is so much to see and do but I am a bit limited. I want to be in san Pedro for New Years eve so I have already booked that. I am wondering what the ebst routes to take are in order to avoid back tracking. Here is what I have so far.
Dec 26- Arrive in Gautemala city at 7am and take a taxi straight to Antigua. Spend the day touring around Antigua
Dec 27- Head to Lake Atilan for the day
Dec 28- Semuc Champey
Dec 29 and 30th- flores and tikal
Dec 31- tikal to belize city to san pedro, Abergis Caye
I would like to see some ruins, waterfalls/ pools, rainforest, and volcanoes. I am flexible on where I go but would like to see these things. Rio dulce would also be cool if it is possible to fit that in somewhere.
I will be spending a month in Guatemala and was originally planning on spending all my time studying and staying in San Pedro, except for a short stop in Antigua (1.5 days) on my way back to Guatemala City. I want to spend a couple weeks in a home-stay in San Pedro as well as have a couple weeks in my own space - either in a hotel or house.
Now I am considering spending a full week in San Marcos or in Antigua and attending one week of spanish school there instead of all 4 weeks in San Pedro.
Any recommendations or thoughts? Part of me just wants to be in one space and really enjoy it but I also know it would be nice to experience somewhere else in Guatemala. I understand I can do day trips to towns around lake Atitalan and I plan to do that, but it is not the same as laying roots somewhere else for a whole week.
Justy back from ten days in Guatemala, and I'll post my trip report this weekend. The vast majority of the trip was great, but ... I got my debit card 'skimmed' at an ATM in Antigua, and my checking account was cleared out in two days.
I am fairly certain that it was the ATM on the north side of the park, the one that is not attached to a bank. It was the middle of the day. I tried to use it, felt vaguely uncomfortable, and cancelled my transaction. Sometimes you just have that weird feeling that you're being watched, yeah? I used the ATM at the bank on the Northeast corner of the park instead.
A week later I got a "low balance" text from my bank.
I googled "ATM scam Antigua" and discovered that this has been an ongoing problem. I thought I was aware of the dangers/scams/annoyances in Guatemala, but missed this one (possibly because every discussion on scams / d... more »
Does anyone know if it is possible to get from El Remate to Lanquin in one day by public transport? We read in our Lonely Planet that the bus from Flores to Coban does not leave until 10:30 am, which I'm guessing doesn't arrive in Coban until around 4 to 4:30 pm. Meanwhile, the last bus to Lanquin from Coban leaves at 4 pm, which means we would probably just miss it. Does anyone knwo if this information is still correct? Has anyone else tried to do this in one day via public transportation?
Thanks in advance for your advice.
My daughter and I are going to Guatemala Dec. 24 - Jan 3 or 16, to study in a good Spanish school with a family stay. Do you have any recommendations, either for Antigua or for other easy to reach places?
I am hoping to go to Laguna de Lachua. I've heard we need to bring our own food. Will be taking an early bus from Guatemala City and was wondering if anyone knew of a market near the park's entrance to pick up some food or is it best to pick it up in GC?
We will be in Coban in a few weeks time. I want to do a day trip to Semuc Champney and was wondering who the most reliable tour operator in Coban is.
Many thanks to anybody who replies in advance.
I'm in recovery and looked at the NA website & noticed that there are a couple of NA meetings in Panajachel, but I will be in Santiago Atitlán.
Does any one know of any AA or NA meetings in Santiago Atitlán, as I will be living there at least 6 mos. Could you also give me contact info. for these meetings?
I am taking a couple of friends to dinner in Antigua and they'll be driving in from Guatemala City. Is there a nice restaurant there with secure parking? Some background music might be nice but we'll need it quiet enough for conversation.
My girlfriend and I are thinking we will stay in San Pedro on Lake Atitlan for our anniversary next month.
What is a romantic activity or place to visit or eat at in this area
I think I'm going to be visiting Guatemala for a week from Jan 19-26. Was wondering if anyone wanted to travel together and see some of the main sites. Mainly interested in Atitlan, Tikal, and Antigua. Open to ideas.
Me: 28 year old guy from the US, vegetarian, gay (if that matters), living in NYC.
Let me know if you are interested.
We're planning to go to Guatemala and Yucatan next januar.
Is it a good weather? no rain and no hot??
We're headed to Guatemala Jan 5th for a week.. We plan to stay around Lago Atitlan the first part of the week, then two nights in Antigua. I was just about settle on staying at the Cloister and just saw a note that it will be closing forever on 1 Jan 2012 - waah!!! Any thoughts on somewhere nice? We'd considered Amarilla Casa.
Thank you for your thoughts!
PS - by the way - we'd do enjoy photography, so a photo tour might be fun.
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I will be in Guatemala for a few months from the beginning of January until mid April. I would really love to go Sailfishing. I however can not afford to spend a few thousand dollars to go. It is just myself, a single female. Do you know if it would be possible to go to Iztapa and find a local guide and just go out inexpensively? And I am also not too sure if that was indeed possible how safe it would to do that. I am a single 27 year old female.
I would also be open to something other than Sailfish. They are just real monsters and I would love to get one. :)
I will be going from GC to Lake Atitlan, and likely checking out Antigua on my way to or from the Lake, depending on timing. My biggest concern as I get closer to getaway is that I will be traveling alone and speak very little Spanish. I pretty much know how to order my food, ask for the bill, where the bathroom is, say hello and where I'm from, etc. How hard is it going to be to navigate and find people who are either other fellow travelers or natives who can speak English??
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