Guatemala City Airport to Lanquin
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Aug 12, 2012 7:18 PM Last Post By: RobertoGustavo
Aug 10, 2012 4:09 AM
Guatemala City Airport to LanquinWe were thinking of doing a 7 day trip to Guatemala in November. Our flight reaches Guatemala City at 12:15 pm.
Is it possible/feasible to get to Lanquin (to visit Sempec Champey) on the same evening? Are there any shuttle services from the airport? I know that I can get a pullman to Coban, and from there take another bus/shuttle to Lanquin, but will this option take too long (getting off, buying another ticket etc.). Or would you recommend spending the night in Coban?
We'd be going on to Tikal after spending a day at Sempec Champey.
Aug 10, 2012 6:54 AM
Aug 10, 2012 8:22 AM
2Hello there...Arriving at 12:15 PM and since you can clear customs and inmigrations real quick, chances are you could still catch the 2PM Monja Blanca bus http://www.tmb.com.gt/horarios.htm I prefer to ride the first class buses, unless I rent a car, rather than taking a chance on one of those shuttle vans driven sometimes by road maniacs. As far as I know there is no shtle services to Coban from the airport. The only first class bus service it's offered by Monja Blanca out of their own terminal downtown in zone one. And It's a five hour ride which should put you there around 7PM with a stop at a vey good restaurant with clean restrooms and good food and coffee. So what you need to do is try to make advance reservations at a hotel in Coban. This site can give you all kinds of useful information on Coban and the whole area http://www.cobanav.net/lodging.php Good luck
Aug 10, 2012 8:39 AM
3It'll take you an hour to get out of the airport. The taxi ride to the Monja Blanca bus terminal another 30 minutes. The wait for the next bus = ????
The bus ride to Coban = 5 hours.
The bus ride from Coban to Lanquin to Lanquin = 1.5 hours (when and if you can get a rapid connection)
The ride from Lanquin to Semuc Champey = 0.5 hours
That makes 8 1/2 hours minimum to Champey from the airport.
Even if you could do it, part of the charm of going there is the scenery along the way which is quite spectacular.
If you bus to Coban and spend the night there the first day you can probably arrange for an all inclusive tour for the next day starting from Coban.
Aug 10, 2012 11:13 AM
4I would do it for sure like #3 says......there are very reasonably priced day trips from Coban in a mini-van,that will take you to Semuc Champey with a guide (not that you realy need one,but still...) and also to Lanquin to see the caves.
Casa D'Acuna does this trip every day,for one....you don't have to be staying there either.
Aug 10, 2012 2:32 PM
Aug 10, 2012 3:40 PM
Aug 10, 2012 5:49 PM
7You have only 7 days and you want to spend 2 1/2 of them getting to Semuc Champey and onward. That is impressive, but not in a particularly good way. A mere day trip from Coban will likely leave you with a let down feeling. It is true that I think it is a very overrated site, but with time to enjoy it, it might not seem so crappy as it did during the day trip I took there from Coban. You might even skip Tikal so you can enjoy what some of the unscrupulous and mendacious sort with no sense of perspective call the '"Eighth Wonder of the World".
Aug 10, 2012 6:36 PM
Aug 11, 2012 6:26 AM
Aug 12, 2012 9:31 AM
10heh, thanks for all the replies!
1. We're there for 7 days, excluding the days of travel - but even so, it might be a bit hectic. I'll put up a tentative schedule once I've got it sorted....
2. The Mrs. doesn't have time for pyramids (seen too many?), but she does like the water...so, I'm hoping it'll pacify her somewhat!
thanks again for the advice!
Aug 12, 2012 7:18 PM
11Oh, Jeery Springer, I just love your name!
I don't know why this forum is seeing alot of topics from people who have a week and want to spend much of that time racing around areas far from Guatemala City, where they land. But I think it needs to be said and said again that land travel in Guatemala isn't always one with on time schedules and not one with super expressways either. You will enjoy your limited time more if you decide on a place you might like and stay put for a couple of days. And instead of racing back to Guate the night before a morning flight from some far flung corner (which is another thing written on this forum time and time again) I advocate spending the last day or more relaxing and seeing what the revamped Centro Historico in Guatemala City has to offer.
Don't try to see everything in one week. I'll bet you will love Guatemala and be back to see other places.
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