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So I am going to be in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala within the next month and I plant to stay down there for at least a year.
I want to bring a Kindle with me but I am not sure which Kindle to purchase?
I do not really want the expensive color screen ones because I am mainly going to simply use this for reading e-books. So I am trying to decide if I need a 3G Kindle or not?
Any info would be appreciated.
Looking for updated information on getting to rio dulce from Tikal. I have private transport to get me back to Flores. I'm looking for the fastest and easiest way to get to rio dulce from Flores, as well as times that the buses or shuttles run. Private transport is okay, also. I appreciate any information. Thank you.
Lanquin, and more specificly Semuc Champey are beautiful. well worth the time and travel. However please dont be a victim of a greedy bastard in one of the Agencias in Lanquin. unfortunately for me and my GF dealing with this Agencia ruined our entire stay here. The Agenica is located between "Comedor Shalom" and the street that veers to the left with the "Zephyr" sign on it. approx 40m down from comedor shalom there is an Agencia (i dont know the name) it has the usual sign out the front offering shuttle services and tours etc. the man who runs the Agencia's name is Adolfo. when booking to go from Lanquin to Flores, he asked us to arrive at 7am for a 7:30 departure. when we arrived he told us to have some breakfast at comedor shalom as it would be a long trip and to leave our bags as they would be safe with him. Now obviously i realise that we shouldnt have done this, but dealing wit... more »
I have read about a "shortcut" dirt road that is southeast of Semuc Champey that brings you to El Estor. Has anyone driven this road that can tell me the condition of the road and more importantly how long of a drive it is?
I am planning on a 10 day self driving trip around Guatemala (Feb. 22-March 5)and would appreciate any comments on my initial itinerary. Since I have limited time I decided to leave out Tikal on this trip and concentrate on natural wonders. The areas I am most interested in are Lake Atitlan, Coban and Rio Dulce. I especially like to hike to areas like waterfalls and natural hot springs where we can swim. The complicating factor is that my husband does not want to do more than 4-5 hours of driving on any given day so making an itinerary that fits this criteria is difficult. I have come up with a couple of preliminary options.
1. GC-Antigua-Lake Atitlan-Coban-Lanquin-Fronteras/Rio Dulce-GC
2. GC-Coban-Lanquin-Fronteras/Rio Dulce-GC-Antigua-Lake Atitlan-GC
I was wondering if anyone could help me out with some information about international schools in Guatemala.
My partner and I are considering moving to Guatemala City. He is from there, and I am American, and I am very familiar with many parts of Guatemala City, especially Zona 1.
I was wondering if anyone knew what the job opportunities are like, salary, etc. are for middle school and high school teachers at the international schools in/around guatemala city. I have looked at the most well known schools (American School, Colegio Maya, etc.) but they do not mention salaries. After doing some research I saw that some schools offer housing. Is this true?
I also noticed that it is mandatory to have a "qualified teacher's certificate". Does anyone know what kind of a certificate that might be? Would a TEFL certificate be sufficient?
Any other information about wha... more »
My friend and I have been trying to make reservations at Tikal Inn for two days this November. We chose it based on reviews here, and because we want to spend a full day at Tikal.
Our plan is
1. Day one 7:30 pm arrive Flores by plane. Head to Tikal.
2. Sunrise at Tikal / siesta / late evening at Tikal
3. Tour a second site. Overnight Flores.
4. Morning flight to GC / bus or shuttle to Atitlan.
The Inn has been responding to our emails quickly enough, but they always have wrong information in the attached confirmation voucher - dates wrong, times wrong, missing information, etc.
I was already a bit put out by the cost - $60 for the shuttle (we arrive in the evening), $120 per night for the bungalow, $10 for the return shuttle, meal package mandatory even though it's unlikely we'll eat at the Inn more than once given our schedule (unless the kitchen is open late!)
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Hey! I´ve been staying In Quetzaltenango for about a month now doing volunteer work, and my mom and sister aer coming down in about three weeks to visit me for ten days. I want to visit some mayan ruins with them, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestion for any that are closer ( really just dont have time to go all the way up to tikal!). Im trying to balance travel time with what we would enjoy most/which are most impressive! Zaculeu seems to be the best option so far - just wondering if HueHue is a possible day trip and how accessible it is? I have no issue with chicken bussing it but my mom would probably be more comfortable pullman or shuttle. If anyone could give me any advice about travelling to Zaculeu as a day trip, anything to see in Huehue or any villages along the way, or any other nice ruins that are closeish, it would be much appreciated! Really would prefer to avoi... more »
So I've decided to visit Guatemala from 11/20 - 11/28 or about a week. I have 2 rough itineraries planned for this trip. For those who know Guatemala very well, please make comment or suggestion based on my current itineraries as to what's more realistic and let me know if there's other places you'd recommend. I'm skipping Chichicastenango. Thanks!
1) Arrive 11/20 afternoon in Guatemala City
Going straight to Antigua and staying the night from 11/20 - 11/24 (go to Volcan Pacaya and maybe Lake Atitlan)
Lanquin / Semuc Champey from 11/24 - 11/26
Tikal from 11/26 - 11/28
2) Arrive 11/20 afternoon in Guatemala City
Going straight to Antigua and staying the night from 11/20 - 11/23 (go to Volcan Pacaya, check out small town near Antigua)
Lake Atitlan / Quetzaltenango from 11/23 - 11/26
Tikal from 11/26 - 11/28
Also some questions I have...
- Can I visit...
Anyone have advice on traveling from the Rio Dulce/Livingston area in Guatemala to the Bay Islands? Everything I've read says it's not possible but it seems like such a well traveled area tht it must be! Any advice is greatly appreciated!
I'm helping research for my daughter, who will be a 3rd year college student next year. Despite 1.5 years of college Spanish, while traveling alone throughout Mexico this summer she discovered that classroom-learned Spanish in the US had her woefully unprepared, and now she wants to go abroad for a year and do intensive study. NONE of the 100+ schools with which her uni has an exchange agreement offers any kind of extended Spanish program for Intermediate learners, only 4- and 5- week programs over the summer.
I do remember seeing a post here on LP about a Spanish language school--I think it is in Xela? or Lake Atitlan? where a student can work through a 3rd party college in the USA for a very low price and have the credits "certified", so to speak. It was not CasaXelaju (through Brookhaven) which goes only up to the Intermediate level. Daughter needs to go up through the adva... more »
Is it the rainy season in those parts? How heavy the downpour? One hotel's site says that if visiting in Nov-Jan. come with a good heavy raincoat. Is boat travel up and down the river affected, less trips, inconvience of getting soaked, etc. ? I'm finalizing my itinerary but having second thoughts going to the East because of the rain. Thanks.
Does anyone know of somewhere that rents motorcycles in Antigua? I'm not talking about scooters, but rather geared motorbikes with an engine capacity above 250cc...
Cheers everyone :)
Let me first introduce myself: I'm an International Student in the US originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I have a Dutch passport and an American F1-visa.
My girlfriend is from Guatemala, and so I would like to visit her. I wanna visit her for three weeks over Winter Break and about three weeks over Summer Break. I was planning (because I already bought my plane ticket DEN - AMS for the first part of winter break) on buying a round trip AMS - GUA with departure from AMS on 12/26, and back to AMS on 6/17. I would after that buy a round trip GUA - DEN on 1/16 and 5/31.
Do you think that the Guatemalan immigration officer is gonna make a huge problem out of my ticket (because I will go on a tourist visa, not on a 6 month visa, or something), or should it all be good if I show him my ticket to Denver?
I hope to hear from you guys!
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Along with my 18 year old daughter, I am planning a 9 week trip to Mexico and Guatemala, with a side trip to Copan Ruinas. We will be leaving the third week of January.
I’ve wanted to visit Palenque and Tikal and Guatemala for a very long time, so I’m excited to finally have the chance. I’ve done lots of reading on the forums and have worked out an itinerary and logistics and hotel possibilities in order to get an idea of a budget. I’d appreciate any comments or suggestions for improvements. As it currently stands, I have two extra days to fill.
Nights 1, 2: Arrive Cancun in evening: next day banking duties, beach.
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