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Journey from Guatemala City

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Journey from Guatemala City

What is the best way of travelling to Lake Atitlan - as I am thinking of going to Santa Cruz and staying at La Iguana Perdida. I have tried to find out about flights to Lake Atitlan but haven't suceeded. Is it safe for a female to travel alone. Also what is the weather like in December.

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1. Re: Journey from Guatemala City

Take a shuttle to Panajachel and then a lancha from there to Santa Cruz.

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There are no flights to Lake Atitlan, just buses or private minivans. If you're up for the adventure, travel there by chicken bus. For a little less excitement, and a driver who is not certifiably insane, book a minivan direct from the airport in Guatemala City. When we were there (family of four, kids in their late teens) we didn't feel unsafe, but we didn't stay in Guatemala City at all since it has a nasty reputation. Antigua is only about 45 minutes from Guatemala City and would be a good first stop before moving on to Lago Atitlan. Probably a good spot to meet others to travel with too! Can't comment on the weather in December; we were there in July.

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FYI weather in guatemala in December is totally different that the rest of central america. Cold air masses from the north reach the country specially up in the highlands. Consequently you can expect cool nights in mornings but always sunny and nice during the rest of the day from Oct trhru Mar. You're looking at about 7,000 feet above sea level with higher mountains and volcanoes. So, a sweater or light jacket should in order. Guatemala produces some the best cocoa and coffee in the world. Not to mention cardamom which is used in the production of perfumes and as a beverage in the arabic countries. So, you have a wide choice of hot beverages for the cold nights and mornings. You can read lots of testimonials from female solo travellers on the thorntree.lonelyplanet forum. You should be fine. Have a nice trip.

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