Getting from port-puerto quetzal, guatemala to antigua, guatemala
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The bigger issue is "Are they reliable?" Or more specifically, is the one you happen to pick reliable? How would you know?
Antigua is about 85 km/90 minutes away from Puerto Quetzel. In most ports I am happy to hire local transportation, knowing I can always get another cab back to the pier if mine has a breakdown. But with Antigua being 90 minutes away, you might want to consider the ramifications of a break-down. You just might miss the ship. This is one port where I am choosing to use a cruise line provided tour for the peace of mind.
I recommend picking the cheapest cruise line trip to Antigua that fits your needs. See my blog posting on Guatemala for some ideas: http://mercruiser.wordpress.com/itin...uerto-quetzal/
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I detest ship tours but am doing Antigua on your own fo $39 on Celebrity. They just drop you off.Its really a long distance so would avoid taxis and the Chicken bus. I was on a Chix bus in Mexico yrs. ago,even had a chicken on.
Has anyone done Antigua on your own? How is it? Lots of walking?
Is anybody interested in reporting back after their visit to update the above posts?I took the Antigua & Casa Santo Dominga tour on our panama cruise which included a nice buffet lunch. I don't regret it but I would take the suggestions of some on this board and pay for the "explore Antigua on your own" and take a local guide at the drop-off spot. BTW, The "Jade Museam" is just shopping infomercial.
Our bus was late so I was glad I took the ships excursion.
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Also ...was it a "safe" environment?...did they hassle you to buy their stuff?...was it a big market? ( like in the Bahamas, a straw market? )
Never been there, so I am wondering.
I have been there twice. I would never take a private tour or taxi. I plan on taking a DIY ship tour. The 90 minute drive might be delayed due to construction, broken down trucks, pre planned workers strikes. We had all these things happen at least once in driving by private transport from Gautemala City to Coban in the highlands.
Antigua is recreated/restored first capital which was destroyed years ago due to eathquakes. It is perfectly safe. Yes, you will be approached by street vendors and in any market. Say no if you don't want to buy anything. Gautemala has some of the worlds best coffee, fine cotton textiles, folk art.
The people are very friendly but reserved in most social situations.
I am so looking forward to my day in Antiqua on our Celebrity Panama
cruise in December.
We did not find the street vendors to be overly aggressive, and thoroughly enjoyed our day in the city. Antigua has a number of lovely shops and I bought a number of items (and I am not much of shopper).
Puerto Quetzal is an industrial port, but there is actually a nice shopping area at the port.
I took the Antigua & Casa Santo Dominga tour on our panama cruise which included a nice buffet lunch. I don't regret it but I would take the suggestions of some on this board and pay for the "explore Antigua on your own" and take a local guide at the drop-off spot. BTW, The "Jade Museam" is just shopping infomercial.Hi Lamchops
Our bus was late so I was glad I took the ships excursion.
This (which I did with HAL) seems very similar to what you did http://youtu.be/DVg5rzJ1dFI
I agree with all you say - and our bus was late too.
All the best, Tony
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Thank you for the video of your trip to Antiqua.
I look forward to our day there in December.
We plan to hire a local guide for a walking tour.
We don't normally take ships tours but I must say the for Antigua I would advise it.
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