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If I plan a trip for a month should I get a VRBO for a week and then just look for more reasonable shelter to save $$$
This earlier info got deleted before, so let me try this again from a different slant, and with additional information.
I had wanted to do a 2013 trip into Petén, but I had been so uncertain of future health by the time my radiation ended in October of 2011, that I could not be sure that I would be in any condition to both plan and come along on it myself. Among others, a friend and I had failed to get to the Naachtún ruins a few years before and that was the one place I wanted to get to.
This was likely to be my last trip among the Maya, so it would mostly include as invitees a number of old friends and a relative who had been fellow travelers of mine.
.We paid for 4 trucks with double seats. Instead we got regular 2 pickups and a military surplus troop transport truck that was too large for much of the trip and remained mired on a long unused trail (which suggested that ... more »
Hi, all -
A summer Guatemala visit was out for me this year due to happy, busy plans to reconnect with host families in Scotland (mine) and The Netherlands (son Isaac's) and a focus week in Cambridge for Isaac's Master's program graduation. I traded to obtain 3 work days each side of spring vacation, a shorter trip for me than usual, right at 2 weeks, the majority of which I spent - happily - in the town of San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlán.
I flew in to GUA on a Wednesday evening and spent a quick overnight in Antigua at my favorite hotel, Casa Cristina ($25 single including tax) - just enough time for an evening stroll around the parque central, pepián at La Fonda de Calle Real (~$7), portable treats the next morning from Fernando's Kaffee on the corner by the hotel, a brisk morning walk around town, and a visit to the new garden campus of the Academia Antigüeña. I chose a pr... more »
Knowing this site is the font of all knowledge, I wonder if someone can satisfy my curiosity. I recently stopped at Puerto Quetzal on a cruise. When we were sailing out, we photographed a large, apparently abandoned development on the waterfront. Despite LOTS of googling, I can't find any mention of it. I suspect it was damaged during Tropical Storm Agatha in 2010, but can't confirm it anywhere. Does anyone have any more information?
Does anyone want to share a taxi from antigua to Guatemala City airport this sunday d. 14 of april morning. I need to arrive at the airport latest at 8. There are apperently no shuttles at that time.
All the Best from Kristine
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I'm sorting through the photos from my most recent trip to Guatemala and thought some of you might be interested in THIS SET of photos of the new digs of the Cooperativa Spanish School. They were taken in late March and the move is planned for later this week. Happy trails!
I have read previous posts on this topic, especially the security suggestion. Here is my situation:
I will be flying into Guatemala City, going on to a language school in Xela, take a couple of day trips from there, and two weeks later go to a town other than Pana along Lake Atitlan (probably a couple of day trips from there too) then returning to Guatemala City and finally to Mexico where I live. I may be able to pay the first week at the language school through Paypal but don't want to prepay a second week.
I don't mind paying several ATM fees, seems worth it for the security of not withdrawing and potentially losing a wad of cash. I have a US ATM card and credit card. I could change pesos to US$ at the Mex City airport if this would be advisable.
Would appreciate suggestions of how to manage the financial logistics of my trip.
What's the best order to do the main sights in
Antigua, Lake Attilan and Tikal
In terms of shuttles/buses from Antigua is it best to go around in a circuit Antigua->Attilan->Tikal or is it possible to go straight to Tikal/Flores from Antigua and then work my way down?
With two weeks i was hoping to get another place in what's the best suggestion for a forth sight given time constraint and transport. I'm not certain on whether livingston is doable?
Should i pre-book accommodation or can i wing it for the next month?
I'm in the process of booking my flights to Guatemala for a 4 months stay. By checking on several websites, I understood that I will get a 90 days visa which is fine as I will anyway travel trough Belize also.
By having a return ticket with a date beyond the 90 days delay, would I encounter any trouble at the boarder(airport) ?
Thanks for your input. katy
We just returned from a great two weeks in Guatemala and as this forum was so very helpful for us to set up the trip, we thought we'd share the high points of the trip for others heading off.
My kids and I took the shuttle directly from the airport to Antigua (to the right as you exit the airport). The cost was $10 US per person and it was very easy. They dropped us off at our hotel...which turned out to be next to a bar with live music until 1am. Ugh. This hotel DID help us transfer to a quieter abode for the next night and we found the Hotel Posada Don Vicente to be really great and welcoming. They also allow guests the full use of the kitchen and have an arrangement with another hotel in the group which has a pool and very nice jaccuzzi ($5/person). Our best meals in Antigua were at Sabor Rico, right across the street in a beautiful garden setting (the menu was great)... more »
April 2013: I recently stayed in Flores, Guatemala at Los Amigos Youth Hostel, and felt strongly enough about it that I felt it warranted a public warning. Do not stay at this hostel! At least, not if you want to sleep or keep from being ripped off. The staff is disrespectful, disorganized, and rude. There is no kitchen access, so you'll be eating at a restaurant for every meal- an overpriced one if you eat in the hostel. The rooms are nice enough for the price, but are crammed in rabbit-warren like and stuffily hot in a place where the night air actually gets cool and fresh. There are not enough lockers for everyone and the doors stand wide open all day, so nothing is secure. Sleeping is a questionable affair given the lack of airflow and the people coming and going noisily at all hours. But the worst part is that the staff actively allows scam artists to crawl all over the place ... more »
I'm planning a trip through the highlands, especially the western highlands, this summer. I already have the new Rough Guide, which seems pretty solid, but I generally like to have another guide book on hand. Any thoughts on the 2012 Moon handbook, or other recent guides? Strengths/weaknesses?
Any tips much appreciated.
How many $ have others found they needed for a fortnight on a backpacker budget (basic room/shower, meal & few beers) as avoiding ATM's sounds good. How expensive are the entrance fees out there like Tikal.
Is it safe to carry much money around if your sticking to the main route Antigua, Lake Attilan and Tikal/Flores using Shuttles.
Aside from the ATM problems are there any other concerns like current mugging hotspots?
My father, brothers, and I are planning to do a week-long-ish road trip from San Pedro Sula into Guatemala and back to SAP in January 2014. Anyone know which rental companies at SAP will let us drive cross-border? Also, how would they know whether we did or not? Anything we should be aware of? Likely crossing into Guatemala near Copan Ruinas and back into Honduras on the northern coast.
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