I have been browsing the forum for answers and still have a couple of questions if anyone can advise. I am planning a week trip (7 full days possibly 8) end of November. I'd like to see Antigua, Atitlan (Solola instead of Chichi market), Tikal and possibly Yaxha. Here's my tentative itinerary:
day 1 - Arrive PM GUA transfer to Antigua - Casa Cristina
day 2 - Antigua - Question: is it safe for a single female to wander the streets and main tourist attractions of Antigua without a guide? I've traveled a bit, but have no Spanish skills (only Italian). Should I book a tour - recommendations? I've heard of Elizabeth Bell but would prefer a private guide if possible so I can move at my own pace.
day 3 option 1- another day in Antigua? Not sure how long I should stay there or transfer to Atitlan - stay Posada de Santiago. Is it possible to book a transfer that stops at Solola market on the way?
day 3 option 2 - Atitlan - visit Santiago and San Juan (I'd like to visit artists and a weaving co-op). Any recommendations for a tour would be great, or any other villages you think I'd like. I'd like to go with a guide to visit San Juan at least.
day 4 - Atitlan
day 5 - Transfer AM Atitlan to GUA for PM flight to Flores. Overnight Tikal Inn.
day 6 - Sunrise tour Tikal - I've contacted Roxy and am waiting to hear back. PM transfer to Yaxha overnight Ni'tun reserve
day 7 - AM Yaxha and Topoxte or Nakum tour, PM flight to GUA
day 8 - return home
*recommendations for a Tikal package tour? or should I book flights/accommodation/guide separately?
*I have expensive photographic equipment - how should I best hide this as a single female traveler?
*Should I book the Atitlan portion as a package from Antigua, or everything (transfer, accommodation, guided tours) separately?
*Recommendation for a safe hotel for overnight in GUA for a safe departure please.
*I won't be out at night, but is it safe to walk around Antigua and Santiago during the day by myself?
Thank you all so much!