I took a van to Panajachel from Antigua and when we arrived we were swarmed by a horde of young men offering to be our guide . One of the guys said he was the brother of our driver. He said for $75 dollars each (there were 3 of us) he would take us on a private boat all around the lake to all the towns. We didn't have $75 and thought that sounded really expensive, especially since the ride from We declined and he offered to take us to just one of the towns for $50 each
Unique Suggestions: My travelling companions and I decided to go eat since we had left Antigua early and hadn't gotten to eat breakfast and while we were eating one of them looked through a travel guidebook - I'm not sure if it was Rough Guide or Lonely Planet . It said not to make a deal with anyone except the guy on the boat.
Fun Alternatives: We went straight to a boat after breakfast and took a lovely ride around the lake for 10Q (about $1.50 each). Unfortunately, the boat we got on didn't actually stop anywhere and we just got a ride around the lake - but I am sure if we had taken the right boat we could have gotten to go to at least one of the towns for way less than $75 each - probably more like $3.00 each.
Live and learn. I usually took chicken busses, but for some of the twisty roads, I opted for the minibus, hopeing to avoid getting sick. anyway.. the prices varied wildly, seemingly to depend on how much money you look like you have. I paid 5 bucks for a bus that two older American companions paid 20 for. bargain hard. lie if you have to.. "thanks anyway, the guy over there told me it was only 30q.."
Unique Suggestions: just bargain hard.
Fun Alternatives: chicken bus