Flores info and atms
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2012 5:27 AM Last Post By: RobertoGustavo
Nov 5, 2012 3:43 AM
Flores info and atmsHi
I'm off to Guatamala in the next week weeks. Having read about atm scams in Antigua is it just as bad throughout Guatamala. Am thinking Flores, Coban etc. Also can someone recommend a reliable shuttle company for transfers to Coban and than to Antigua a few days later. How much should we pay for these shuttles.
Thanks in advance to anybody who takes the time to respond.
Nov 5, 2012 5:18 AM
1Hiya, I lived in Antigua Guatamala doing a home stay, and travelled throughout central america including lots of places in Guatemala (alone as a 21yr old blonde girl and didn't have any problems along the way if this eases your mind) I felt very safe during the day but I was warned that at night could be very dangerous, keep your wits about you and a bit of common sense go's a long way.... with regards to ATM's, don't use the open ones as they are prone to scamming however the ATM's in the banks will be fine and you will also see ATM's with guards on..
For shuttles, you will see companies advertising shuttles to all tourist attractions and for transfers, a lot of which advertise in Hostels and they will happily recommend and talk to you about how much to expect to pay... they are competitively priced and I found them to be reliable and a good way to meet other travellers.
Have a great trip!
Nov 5, 2012 6:59 AM
Nov 5, 2012 7:03 AM
3Been going to Guat since l991. I am female and usually travel alone. I have yet to be able to use an ATM there. I use American Express travelers checks and exchange the at banks that sell them and I get the same rate as cash. I like the fact that they are replaced if lost or stolen. I use shuttles alot and havent had any problems except some are crowded. I would suggest you go and check out different outfits first. Photos of Guat see my website wolfcalls.com. I avoid chicken buses as they are unsafe .
Nov 6, 2012 6:38 PM
4Given the time, my preference has been to take a comfortable overnight bus from Guate to Flores and take the more scenic Coban route back. Fuente del Norte's Oro de Maya double decker buses were getting a little run down, but the downstairs seats were just as cushy last March.
I have seen shuttles to Antigua offered in Flores, so you might ask if they go through Cobán and see if you can arrange both portions separately. It's no big deal to get on a colectivo from Flores to Sayaxché, where you would pay for a quick and cheap boat ride across the river and be glad you were not stuck in a long line for the ferry. Then one can kill time, if need be, at one of the comedores on the other side until the next ride south.
You didn't ask about this, but my impression is that both Mastercard and Visa work in ATMs, but only Visa works face to face. I don't recall any fraud with ATMs, but then I generally avoid Antigua.
Have a great trip!.
Nov 7, 2012 5:27 AM
5I went from Flores (Santa Elena) to Coban in May.
Going from Coban to Flores I used a shuttle arranged by my hotel. It was fine although a long ride and not really more comfortable than the far cheaper bus. We left Coban in the morning and arrived in Flores mid afternoon. The other way I took the public mini bus.
If you decide to go on your own it is not difficult. I was able to stop off for lunch at Sayaxche, where you have to take a free ferry over the river or pay a little for a private boat. I found Sayaxche a delightful stop off and the owner of the very inexpensive restaurant went out of his way to welcome me.
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