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7 full days in Guatemala with wife and our 2 teens

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7 full days in Guatemala with wife and our 2 teens

Hi - I have just booked flight tickets in and out of Guatemala City from Chicago for Dec 22 - Dec 30. Gives me 7 full days, and yes, I know this is not enough!

As a family, we simply love nature hikes, wildlife and Mayan history.

How should I plan these 7 days? In what order?

I am assuming Antigua, Tikal and Atitlan will keep me busy. Any specific guidance on what is unmissable? I am also considering that 1/2 day volcano hike.

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1. Re: 7 full days in Guatemala with wife and our 2 teens

You are on the right track with the top three destinations you mention. I recommend the flight from G.C. to Flores vs. the bus. This saves much needed time on your trip. Plan on this segment to Tikal as you arrive in Guatemala or at the end of your trip to maximize your time.

One or even two days in Antigua are good if you prefer nature hikes, etc. The Pacaya volcano hike is very cool and worth doing.

Happy Planning.

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2. Re: 7 full days in Guatemala with wife and our 2 teens

Thanks much - how do you suggest I plan the trip - that extra day in Atitlan or Antigua ? Seems like a squeeze already! Any suggestions on the flow below and the major spots within each location ? Greatly appreciated

Day 0 (Travel day - land in GC (8:30PM) - road to Antigua). (Night)

Day 1 - Antigua (Night)

Day 2 - Antigua (Night)

Day 3 - AM - Drive from Antigua to Atitlan (Night)

Day 4 - Atitlan (Night)

Day 5 - PM - Atitlan to GC (Night in GC)

Day 6 - GC -> Flores, Tikal (Afternoon & Night)

Day 7 - Tikal -> Flores -> GC (Night)

Day 8 - GC -> Chicago

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3. Re: 7 full days in Guatemala with wife and our 2 teens

Your itinerary looks about right to me. I would leave it just like it is.

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4. Re: 7 full days in Guatemala with wife and our 2 teens

Hi there....I'd do it the other way around because from experience I can tell you, you don't want to take any chances trying to get to GC on the day prior to your return flight. That way you could make better use of your time because it would save you from having to backtrack to GC. On your arrival day take an overnight comfortable bus from GC to Santa Elena/Flores on any of the three bus lines www.grupofuentedelnorte.com www.adnautobusesdelnorte.com or www.lineadorada.info It's true its an eight hour ride but by the time you wake up you'll be in Flores. Now arriving at 8:30 PM you could catch the last bus but you'll be cutting too close. You could have the cabbie call the bus lines on his cell phone to see if they can wait 5/10minutes for you because clearing inmigrations and customs is real quick. Otherwise You could spend the night downtown in GC and ctch an early morning flight. But you need to disregard all the horror stories from scare-mongers like the US State Department Travel Advisory and stay at one of my favorite hotels there enjoying nice restaurants. The area is perfectly safe during the day but is has had a tremendous turn around for the better with a large police presence and now you can walk around at night also. My favorite Hotel is Hotel Sevilla with private bath and cable TV but I've also read good reviews from Hotel Spring. Then in that case catch an overnight bus for your return to GC and thus save yourself a ton of money.

Edited: 12:55 pm, July 03, 2012
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