02/16 - 02/18
02/21 - 02/24
02/29 - 03/02
Flight from Burlington, VT to San José / Costa Rica|
Flight to Guatemala City & Bustrip To Panajachel
Panajachel, Spanish School, Trip to Santiago Atitlán
By Bus to Chichicastenango
Market Day in Chichicastenango & Solola
By Bus to Quezaltenango
Market Day in Totonicapan
Zunil & San Andres Xecul
By Bus to Antigua
By Bus to Guatemala City
Flight to Flores
By Bus to Tikal, sunset on the "Great Plaza"
Tikal and by Bus back to Flores
Trip to Ceibal
Flight from Flores to Guatemala City
Flight to San José / Costa Rica
Trip to Tortuguero
From Tortuguero back to San José
Walk through San Jose
Flight back to Burlington, VT
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On the last page of the report you'll find an overview from the few links I'm pointing to during the report.
Introduction:First let me introduce myself, I'm Tina - at the time of this trip 30 yrs old, born and raised in Germany, but from March 1996 to April 2000 I had lived in Burlington, Vermont / US.
In the beginning I had planned to get on this trip with a friend of mine, but in the end it did turn out, that she couldn't get any vacation - so I decided to go by myself. I have to admit that off and on I had my doubts that this was the right decision, since many people I know told me that it might be to dangerous to travel to Guatemala as a woman by herself.
But from my experience now I have to say that I don't think that Guatemala is in any way especially dangerous, just travel with "common sense" and you'll be fine.
What I would recommend: Learn at least "basic" spanish, since often people won't speak english. Once I met an english girl, she travelled 2 hours in the wrong direction on a bus, since she did misunderstand the busdriver - but she tried to communicate in english because she didn't know any spanish.
BTW, my main source of travel information was the Lonely Planet "Central America on a shoestring", second source from Cardogan "Guatemala" by Natascha Norton.
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