I'm arriving to Antigua with my wife and 2 little daughters for a Monday night in a couple weeks, and then the next day (a Tuesday) we want to travel to the Department of San Marcos (i.e., NOT San Marcos La Laguna). I have never stayed in Antigua before so I don't know much about how to get from Antigua to the highlands out west. However, I doubt there are there any direct buses from Antigua to San Marcos or Antigua to Xela. If we have to wait for a bus from the capital I'm sure they will already be super overcrowded by the time they get to Antigua too.
In essence my question is this:
1. What travel options do we have to get from Antigua to San Marcos and about how much will they cost more or less? (I'm guessing most options will entail transferring in Xela and if we want to ride more comfortably I'm sure we'll need to backtrack to the capital to catch a pullman, right?).
My second related question is this:
2. How much would it cost, more or less, to travel from Antigua to where the Pullman's depart in the capital (backtracking, but at least it will be more comfortable to travel all the way to San Marcos).
Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you in advance!