Hi all the shuttle busses are more or less the same. when you get off the plane get to the people who are waiting at the doors of the arrivals keep your eyes and ears open for i guy wanting to take you to antigua, ask how much? about
100 Q they take you to antiqua your drop off point is your pickup point for your bus to san pedro. hostels are within walking distance of dropoff point in antiqua and its worth staying a night. get to san pedro, tuc-tucs are 5 Q per person to anywhere lots of hostels and cheap. steve
If you are going to Antigua there are companies that have newer Toyota microbuses that leave from the green building near the main dock at 9AM for US$8, no need to pay 3 times as much as the locals do for the boat ride to Panajachel and then take a chicken bus to Antigua. The microbuses from San Pedro go over the hills above Lake Atitlan and you can see some amazing views.
You can buy your ticket in advance at the travel agency in the green building. If you are going to San Pedro from Antigua, buy your ticket at agency across the street from the Black Cat Hostel in Antigua. The microbuses make a rest stop at a gas station halfway to Antigua.
I think that it is racist for the boat owners to charge someone more just because of the color of their skin.
Take the chicken bus to Chimaltenango, and then transfer to another one heading to Antigua.
Tell the first bus' driver or his partner that you are going to Antigua, so you can get off closer to where the second bus leaves.
We arrived in San Pedro by boat from Panajachel. You can just go down to the lakefront in Pana and arrange a boat trip. You might have to wait until the boat fills up as the driver understandably wants to make as much money as possible per lake crossing. We took a slower ferry which should take no more than a half an hour to reach San Pedro. This tends to be a smoother ride than the faster and smaller speedboats that you can hire. Keep in mind that in the morning the lake tends to be more peaceful, so if you tend to get seasick, you should avoid crossing in the afternoon when the water can be quite choppy.
We met a guy from Texas named Roger (pictured here on the left talking with Ryan) who was traveling with his wife. He and his wife first came to Guatemala in the 1970s and really fell in love with the place, particularly Lake Atitlan. I think this was his fourth or fifth trip to Lake Atitlan, so he was a good source of information for us.