The price to be picked up at the Guatemala City airport is:
80-100 U.S. Dollars, and you can normally pay with dollars.
You can pound, and negotiate this prices with Taxis at the airport, if you can speak Spanish, and are sure you know what you are doing. They will ask 150 USD, and settle easy on 80, but 60 is possible.
Arrive in the morning, and you can do better on transport. It is a lot cheaper to take a 20 USD taxi to Antigua, then find a shuttler. Or stay for one-night, and take a 5-10 USD shuttle to Lago Atitlan. But, the cost Hotels in Antigua can be expensive.
50 Q per night is a good price for a Hotel in Antigua, or on Lake Atitlan, this is about 5-6 USD, and is the going price for many great room, if you pay more than 80, you are paying for a swimming pool, or luxury.
Note, there are 2-5 cheaper hotels in Guatemala City, close to the airport, you should not need to pay more than about 10-20 Q to go to them. The Revue Magazine normally has ads for these hotels.
The Cheapest way to travel it Lago Atitlan is by Chicken Bus, maybe 3-10 USD from Guatemala city.
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I just paid Don Carlos from Posada Don Carlos 80 USD to pick me up at 8:45 PM, and the plane was late. I arrived in Pana at past Midnight, which is only a two hour flight. He is the owner of a Hotel, so I could just move in, I pay 1300-1400 Q per month.
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There are couple more, and I think the standard rate is 60 USD, the road is good. If you want, you can pay 20 USD for a taxi, stop in Antigua, and take a shuttle the next day for 5-10 USD. But the night in Antigua can be 25-45, unless you can figure it out good. 20 + 25 + 10 is 55, for another 5 or 25 you skip Antigua.
It is nice to have the ride, connected with the room. If I arrive in the morning, I just best up the taxi price, until he comes for 60, or go to Antigua and pay the shuttle or Chicken bus.
Thats $185 a month! What happened to the $120 rooms? Or am I confusing it with Banos?
Rooms are about negotiating, I did not beat up the owners, I allowed them to be happy, but the 60 dollars is not big deal to me for a month. I could if I wanted get a 50 USD per month room here, but do not want to be inconvenienced by living alone.
Bottom line, if you want to live outside the USA, then pay 300 per month, and work you way down to cheaper, and do not hang on the prices so close, it is not important.
David, I know you well enough now, get a Lonely Planet Guidebook, and use it, and stop trying to find all the answer on the Internet. It is not the best place to find honest opinions, yes, I am honest, but I am a rare person on the Internet.
Go to the libary and read, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and Footprints, and you will know all the prices you are working so hard to find. The Internet is the worst place to find the prices.
Yes, the Private Message thing is good, but if you are talking to a tourist and not a Backpacker, you still are paying too much.
The best price advice is from from a person 20-27 who is on a one-year trip, and uses Lonely Planet guidebook.
I can get a used paperback copy of the Lonely Planet (for Guatemala)for $15.70
with free shipping if I pick up the copy for Ecuador also.
http://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Ecuador-Galapagos-Islands-Country/dp/1741798094/ref=sr_1_2?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1340465167andsr=1-2andkeywords=Ecuador+28Lonely+Planet+Country+Guide29 The 2012 version comes out in Sept. Also the new one of this in August http://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Planet-Central-America-Shoestring/dp/1741791472/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8andqid=1340468372andsr=8-1andkeywords=Lonely+Planet+Central+America+28Shoestring+Travel+Guide29+Lonely+Planet+Central+America+28Shoestring+Travel+Guide29
I can get all 3 with free shipping for 50 bucks and directly from Lonely Planet I can get free shipping and the 3rd book, whichever is the least expensive, for free and with there prices it comes out to 45 dollars and change.
Ive been reading that the South American Handbook(Footprint-Handbooks) http://www.amazon.com/South-American-Handbook-88th-Footprint/dp/1907263438/ref=sr_1_1?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1340469895andsr=1-1andkeywords=South+American+Handbook is a good one too. Also the Lets Go! books.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005SNLZ2G/ref=rdr_ext_tmb
It just so happens I live 2 blocks from the library but its tore up right now. They are restoring the building but theres a temp. one down the road also.. Ill go look these up. There is also a great used book store you can buy books for just a few dollars also.
Thanks Andy for setting me straight.No matter what my questions are it seems to be answered by come on down and experience it yourself Well I agree with that but it is always nice to know what the cards youve been dealt mean. That way you know how to bid without showing the others at the table just how ignorant you are to the game. But I suppose that is the only way to learm right? Start out high (not TOO high :) and work your way down...
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