It was approximately three hours by shuttle from Panajachel to Antigua. The shuttles are relatively easy to arrange as Panajachel is a town that seems to be made solely for tourism. There is a 'tourist agency' on every corner. Because it was the holidays, many hotels did not have a room for the amount of time we needed. We decided to stay at the Aurora hotel for one night. The room wasn't anything spectacular, but the courtyard was beautiful:

Apparently, Antigua is the place to be for New Year's Eve. Due to this fact, and unfortunately for us, people book their rooms for December 31st months in advance. We literally walked into almost every decent hotel in Antigua and they were all booked. Most often, booking accommodations at the very last minute has worked in our favor, but in this instance it might have been prudent of us to makes plans in advance. Oh well!

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  1. I'm not sure your travel arrangements, but if you're still in Latin America, Semana Santa (the week before Easter) is an ever MORE busy travel time with either VERY limited or NO bus service or hotel rooms available. So, I'd try and make arrangements for that ahead of time. Antigua, Guatemala and Comayagua, Honduras are the spots in Central America for Semana Santa because they have beautiful sawdust carpets all over the streets - amazing. To get an idea, look at these photos:

    Have fun!!!

  2. Gorgeous night photos and love the 2009 2010 clock tower too. Hope you enjoyed your NYE anyways!

  3. I feel in love with Antiqua and Lake Atitlan in 2003! So glad to see some familiar sights. Happy Travels...

  4. Anonymous7.1.10

    Guatemala seems to be replacing Costa Rica as the place to be in Central America. CR is more expensive, but definitely more developed. CR tourist infrastructure is very well organized, but Guatemala seems to hold the mark for atmosphere and a small town feel.

  5. I love your blog. I hope you don't mind that I am living my dream through you. :-)

  6. oh my gosh, mina, that picture of you by the fountain.
    glad to see you two are still enjoying your travels and keeping safe :)

  7. so where did you end up staying?

  8. Anonymous8.1.10

    Oh that sucks having to ask at so many places.
    + the courtyard does seem pretty, especially with those fairy lights...but then i am a sucker for fairy lights

  9. Anonymous8.1.10

    lovely photos!


  10. That sounds like a great trip. I don't know if I would have wanted to leave Pana though. Simply spectacular.

  11. Kattrina - Wow! Thanks for the info. That picture is beautiful. We're not sure where we'll be that week, but we'll keep your tips in mind!

    Nina - We ended up moving on to El Salvador for NYE!

  12. i gotta say, i am thoroughly enjoying these posts on guatemala! feels like home, with a twinge of homesickness even :( we spent 2 months there learning espanol. one of the more amazing experiences in life thus far. love your pics, keep it up!