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    • Transportation and Spanish schools?

      San Pedro La Laguna Jun 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Hi there!
      I'm planning on spending August studying Spanish in Guatemala, ideally at la Coopertiva (but open to suggestions). I know next to no Spanish and will be a solo female traveller, so I'm a bit concerned about getting there alone. My two questions are:

      1) What's the safest way to get there from the airport for someone who can't speak Spanish (yet)?
      2) If anyone has taken classes at La Coopertiva or another Spanish school in San Pedro, would you be willing to chat one on one about your experience?

      Thanks!

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    • Banking in Guatemala

      by Duanedak Online Now May 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      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?

      3 Answers May 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM
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      Bus from Antigua to Copan Ruinas

      by mosh929 Online Now Apr 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      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!

      18 Answers May 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM
    • Visa Run from Antigua to Copan, Honduras

      by townsendguat Online Now Feb 12, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      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.

      3 Answers Apr 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM
    • Young people in Antigua

      by froward Online Now Jan 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      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?

      5 Answers Apr 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM
    • hammocks in antigua

      by peggyberlese Online Now Jan 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      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

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      Climate/weather December

      by ejordan Online Now Nov 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      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?

      4 Answers Feb 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM
    • Money matters during Holy Week

      by kazza77 Online Now Nov 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      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.

      4 Answers Nov 26, 2013 at 7:40 AM
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      Upcoming 9-Night Visit

      by TravisD3 Online Now Oct 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      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

      8 Answers Dec 4, 2013 at 7:45 AM
    • Is it easy to arrange shuttle buses for a group of 5 or 6?

      by Whyjet Online Now Sep 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      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?

    • Mosquitoes

      by mgastelum Online Now Jun 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

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

      3 Answers Jun 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM
    • Mosquitos

      by mgastelum Online Now Jun 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

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

      2 Answers Jun 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM
    • driving to Quetzaltenango from Oaxaca Mexico

      by akashac Online Now Apr 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM

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

      4 Answers Apr 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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      by JanieA Online Now Mar 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      hotel near casa de fe

      2 Answers Mar 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM
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      Travelling and donating clothes and toys

      by StephanieA8 Online Now Feb 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      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?

      3 Answers Mar 2, 2013 at 5:51 PM
    • Antigua markets

      by mmtbeer Online Now Jan 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

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

      2 Answers Feb 28, 2013 at 7:24 AM
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      safety concerns

      by cherylll Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      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

      5 Answers Jul 8, 2012 at 7:31 AM
    • Moving To Antigua

      by marcos-777 Online Now Apr 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      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.

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      Car Saftey/Staying Options for a family

      by mostaque Online Now Jan 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      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

    • Lodging Suggestions

      by gardenmike Online Now May 6, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      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-

      3 Answers Jun 7, 2011 at 9:14 AM
    • what to wear and not wear

      by miniguinea Online Now Dec 8, 2010 at 7:37 AM

      Hi,
      A friend of mine told me that only "idiot" American tourists wear shorts in Antigua. Is it really frowned upon? What should women visiting NOT wear. I see no jewlery....do you mean gold? Is inexpensive "costume" jewlery okay?

      Please advise...thanks...
      Chris

      3 Answers Dec 9, 2010 at 3:30 AM
    • taxi price from guatemala city airport to antigua?

      by coramper Online Now Oct 20, 2010 at 10:28 AM

      anyone aware of what should be the approximate cost of a taxi from gua airport to antigua? we are 3 people with 3 medium bags. would love to arrange a shuttle beforehand, but, i fly stand-by (work for airline). thanks for any help. any type of taxi superior to any other?

      2 Answers Nov 15, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    • Bus & safety

      by philr08 Online Now Jun 29, 2010 at 8:06 AM

      Does anyone know/have experience in traveling from Antigua to the town of San Juan Ostuncalco? I hope to visit the young person & his family I sponsor there. I'll be in Antigua studying Spanish.

      2 Answers Jul 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    • First time traveling in Guatemala; weather question

      by andria44 Online Now Jun 27, 2010 at 5:24 AM

      We are planning a last minute trip to Guatemala in 2 weeks (7/10-7/20). O course this is during the rainy season. Has anyone traveled during this time and have any suggestions? Will it be sunny during the day and then have afternoon thunderstorms or more rainy and cloudy all day? Obviously weather is unpredictable but if anyone has any thoughts or comments on traveling during this time, I would VERY much appreciate it! Thanks!

      1 Answer Jun 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM
    • Do Spanish schools close during the Christmas period?

      by daisyven Online Now Jun 25, 2010 at 2:01 AM

      Hi Guys,

      I mean I'm sure they do but does anyone have any idea of some dates as the when they close during december/january? I will be arriving on the 19th December with the intention of starting a month long spanish course. I'm happy to wait if the schools are closed.

      Many Thanks
      Daisy

      3 Answers Oct 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    • guatemala with children

      by ella98 Online Now Apr 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

      planning a language immersion program in late 2010/early 2011. will have two girls 12 and 10. thinking if quetzaltenango. will this be safe? can we safely travel around the country?

      4 Answers Oct 26, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    • What spanish school would you recommend?

      by daisyven Online Now Apr 16, 2010 at 10:03 AM

      I want a spanish school that can provide homestay accomodation and that has a really friendly vibe. I'll be traveling alone and wish to do a month long spanish course...so I'll really want to meet other travelers at the same time as improving my spanish by staying with a spanish speaking family. I think I just said the same thing twice!

      Many Thanks
      Daisy

      1 Answer May 1, 2010 at 6:31 AM
    • Booking buses online from Antigua - Copan Ruins

      by daisyven Online Now Apr 16, 2010 at 9:19 AM

      I am currently planning my trip through Central America and I have just become aware that no matter what, with every country you enter, you need to have some kind of bus/flight/train/tour ticket booked that takes you out of the country usually within 90 days. So I want to book a bus from Antigua Guatemala to Copan Honduras but even Hedman Alas (the poshest bus company) doesn't appear to be a company you can book online with. Does anyone know of any companies that I can book online with? If not are there any that I can book over the phone from England? Any way that I can have the bus trip booked before I get to Heathrow airport on the day of my departure.

      Many thanks

      2 Answers Jun 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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      Solola Market

      by inbavaria Online Now Mar 15, 2010 at 3:57 AM

      Hi. I will be in Antigua on business in May and will have a free weekend. I want to visit the market in Chichicastenango on Sunday, but I also see references to a great market in Solola on Fridays, but not a lot of information. If anyone has been there and could provide some background info, and whether this market is worth the trip, I would greatly appreciate it. I assume one can take a shuttle from Antigua and back. Many thanks for any replies.
      Jerry

      2 Answers Mar 21, 2010 at 1:07 AM
    • Vaccinations in Guatemala

      by santamaz Online Now Feb 24, 2010 at 4:52 AM

      Hi all, I will be setting off to Central America on 14 March. I will stay in Antigua, Guatemala for four weeks volunteering then set off for a further 2 months travelling around the rest of the area. I will be taking in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama definitely. I have no fixed itinerary yet and if I have time I would like to try to get up to Belize and Mexico too. My ticket is valid for 1 year so I am quite flexible on time. My question is about the rabies and hep b vaccinations. I have had all the others that are recommended but I thought if I am away for up to a year and travelling at will I may find myself in rural areas where exposure to these two problems is riskier. My problem is time. I think I will be able to have at least 2 of the 3 recommended injections for both but the 3rd is a problem. Does anyone know if It would be advisable/possible to complete the vaccinations in Antigua?

      4 Answers Mar 7, 2010 at 2:35 AM
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      housing

      by viaholly Online Now Feb 5, 2010 at 1:21 PM

      Hello, Does anyone know of a house in Antigua that can be rented for the last 3 weeks in October of this year? closer to center of town. Please let me know :)

      2 Answers Feb 12, 2010 at 9:02 AM