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Antigua Guatemala Travel Answers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2016
Temperature  (1 Answer)

Hi all, i am traveling to Antigua, Guatemala, Lake Atitlan (Panajachel) and semuc Champey next week, August 9th. Just needed to know what is the highest temperature it reaches and the lowest in the evening? Not sure what to pack as weather is so unpredictable...



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 20, 2015
length of stay?  (29 Answers)

How long do you recommend staying in Antigua?
We shall spend 4 nights in Tikal and have 9 days in the country of Guatemala after that .
Any recommendations?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 09, 2015
Pedetrian Life Style in Antigua??

Is Antigua amenable to a pedestrian lifestyle, similar to Granada, Nicaragua? What is the cost for a taxi ride in Antigua?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2015
Detour from San Cristobal de las Casas to Guatemala recommandable?

I'll spend my next vacation in Yucatan and Chiapas and I am wondering, wether Antigua and Lake Atitlán is worth a detour from San Cristobal de las Casas. Unfortunately I've not too much time, so some Mexican sights would have to be cancelled. Additionally the bus ride will be long (9 hrs+) and exhausting... Should I visit the sights mentioned above nevertheless?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2015
Arriving at night and driving to Antigua  (3 Answers)

My wife and I are arriving at 8:30 so it'll be dark. Is it safe to travel to Antigua using a private driver hired by the hotel? I hear you should avoid traveling at night.
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2015
where to buy green (unroasted) coffee beans  (1 Answer)

Is there somewhere in or near Antigua where we can buy green coffee beans to roast ourselves back at home? We prefer to buy at a beneficio rather than a tourist store.

Muchas gracias!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2015
Elizabeth Bell Walking Tours  (5 Answers)

Does Elizabeth Bell still personally lead walking tours of Antigua? Whom do you recommend we contact to find out if she will be there Jan 30/31/Feb1st? If she is not personally available are there other guides you would recommend who focus on history?

Muchas gracias!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 09, 2014
how safe is it ?  (3 Answers)

and what do you do to avoid trouble, other than the usual precautions....areas to avoid ? travel by bus to seaside ? nightlife ?
what about money and banks ?
thank you for any tips....(traveled to Panama last year....was fine, except for a few isolated stories....our only experience of Central America, other than Cancun)
tjs


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2014
Climate, things to buy, must see things in Guatemala  (10 Answers)

HI everyone, I will be a week in Guatemala a round October 20
Can someone tell me what climate to expect
What aré the must see places
Special things to buy,

I will be very grateful for your help

Alfredo


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2014
Is it easy to get to the international airport?  (5 Answers)

Should I arrange a transfer to the international airport or would it be easy enough to get a taxi at 3am from the hotel Posada Los Bucaros? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2014
I'm moving to Antigua Guatemala long term in the next couple of months , I need tips, ideas

My name is Francisco, and I'll be moving to Antigua guatemala. I need tips on where is good to look for houses for rent long term as well as good pricing and security.? Also where to start looking for jobs etc. Any feed back will be appreciated . thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2014
Banking in Guatemala  (2 Answers)

I am traveling to Antigua as part of an international business class for my MBA. I am a banker and I am trying to find a local bank that might be able to talk to me about how they handle financing amoung other things in Guatemala. I would need to find a banker that speaks English. Any ideas?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2014
Bus from Antigua to Copan Ruinas  (18 Answers)

Greetings everyone, does anyone have the latest info. on bus options from Antigua to Copan Ruinas..are there any overnight buses as well..please let me know, planning a trip next month!

Thank you so much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2014
Visa Run from Antigua to Copan, Honduras  (3 Answers)

Is Honduras still part of the CA-4 or will they renew the visa? I have heard different things. If not, what is the easiest, quickest, safest border to cross (Mexico or Belize) with 6 young children? Thank you in advance for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2014
Young people in Antigua  (5 Answers)

I'm travelling to Antigua over the summer and I was wondering if there were a lot of activities for college-aged people. Also, are there any good ways to meet other young people in the city?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2014
hammocks in antigua

I did not buy on my last trip, but want to buy on an upcoming one, a beautiful, colorful, ornate hammock from Antigua. It was $125 when I last was in Antigua and it was for sale in a home furnishings store, I think. Does anyone know what store that is? Thanks, Peggy


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2013
Climate/weather December  (4 Answers)

What is the climate/weather like in December and January? Especially interested in humidity level. May come down and stay in hostel, any suggestion? How is traveling from Guatemala to Beliz, Costa Rica, Panama, etc.? Is there good transportation between countries? Bus, boat, or train?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2013
Money matters during Holy Week  (4 Answers)

Hi, I will be visiting Antigua for the first time during Holy Week 2014. I am from the UK and was wondering what would be the best currency to use in Antigua - Dollars or Quetzals? Also, do the banks close during Holy Week, if so, where would be the best place to withdraw money or exchange travellers cheques during this time, do hotels still exchange money for you? Many thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2013
Upcoming 9-Night Visit  (8 Answers)

Hello -

I (33yo gay male) have just arranged flights to Guatemala City (21 November evening arrival - 30 November morning departure). I'm wondering if anyone has a suggested itinerary for things that are a MUST in that small timeframe and/or must stay hotels. I'm quite interested in Antigua & Lake Atitlán and a possible short-stay meditation retreat.

I live in the rainforest of Costa Rica so not much is very daunting for me.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

PURA VIDA


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2013
Is it easy to arrange shuttle buses for a group of 5 or 6?

Is it easy to arrange shuttle buses for a group of 5 or 6? From Guatemala city to Antiqua? Is it possible to even hire a mini van and driver for several days? 5-10 days?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2013
Mosquitoes  (2 Answers)

How bad are the mosquitoes in Antigua in July? Should I take plenty of DEET?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2013
Mosquitos  (2 Answers)

Hi, how bad are the mosquitoes in Antigua, Guatemala in July?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2013
driving to Quetzaltenango from Oaxaca Mexico  (4 Answers)

has anyone driven over the border to Quetzaltenango ? How long does it take and what are the roads like
Thanks Andrea


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2013
 (2 Answers)

hotel near casa de fe


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2013
Travelling and donating clothes and toys  (3 Answers)

Hello,

Im planning a long trip of backpacking through Central and South America with my boyfriend and have been wondering what is 'acceptable' to give to kids and families in need of clothes, books, toys, diapers, school supplies, ect.
Also, i will be backpacking, so i can imagine it would be difficult to carry all the extra weight around with me. Has anyone tried buying things IN the country and giving them away there?
any suggestions?

Also is it acceptable to approach people and give them things?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2013
Antigua markets  (2 Answers)

Are the markets in Antigua active during Holy Week from Good Friday to Easter Sunday?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2012
safety concerns  (4 Answers)

Hi. My husband and I are going to Antigua, Guatemala in December and we are wondering about safety measures...are there certain places, things, pointers that would be good for us to know about? I have read travel advisorys about the crime and have talked with people...some say its fine others say the opposite...any feedback would be greatly appreciated...Cheryl


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2012
Moving To Antigua

My wife and I are planning to move to Antigua later this year; she was born and raised in Guate -has lived here in Los Angeles for over 10 years- and we're looking forward to moving to her homeland. I would like some advice on how she could secure a job (she's in business/administration) before we move. I'm curious of the likelihood of doing a Skype/phone interview; that's not too rare in the states but don't know about in Guatemala. At worst case scenario we can stay with her family in Guatemala City until we find work in Antigua but would prefer to bypass this step. Does anyone know of any Guatemalan job boards that we can post a resume'? As for me working, it's my understanding that I would have to wait at least 3 months to get some residency to then apply for a work visa. I'm not sure if that's correct information though. Also, we would just like to meet some people from the area to connect with. If anyone has any great general advice about moving there (or anything else) we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2012
Car Saftey/Staying Options for a family

Hi I am taking my family, wife and two kids, to Guatemala for the first time. I wanted to know...

How safe it is to rent and drive a car there? Do you think as an American I can follow the road signs to Tikal?

What the weather is like during Febuary?

What is a good back packing hostel like staying place for a family in a quiet area? Kind of like a house run by a local family. If there is a kitchen that would be great.

Thank You


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2011
Lodging Suggestions  (3 Answers)

I am planning my first trip to Antigua Guatemala in June and July and am looking for suggestions on lodging. I'm not interested in a home stay with a family. Looking for something like a VRBO, renting a small house with a kitchen. Would like it in town as I will not have a car.

Thanks for any help.
-Mike-



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