Monthly archives: January 2017


Panajachel - Calle Santander
JANUARY 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Monterrico to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan via a stop-over in Antigua. In Monterrico, I stayed in a BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard hotel: the Hotel El Delfin. The room had a Private Bathroom but it was very basic. I stayed 8 nights and paid an average of GTQ100 / night. They provided free water all day and free coffee in the mornings. It was time to move on to Lake Atitlan … MONTERRICO TO ANTIGUA: Adventurous people can catch a combination of a ferry and local ‘Chicken Buses’ and get from Monterrico to […]

Panajachel – Lake Atitlan – Guatemala – Information



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JANUARY 2017: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Antigua and include: A Suttle / Minivan from Antigua to Monterrico 8 nights in BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications Lots of partying CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Monterrico. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON BACKPAcking COSTS: Cost Of Existence (COE): My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I […]

Monterrico – Guatemala – GRANDPAcking Costs



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JANUARY 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Antigua to Monterrico by Shuttle / Minivan. In Antigua, I stayed in a BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard hotel: the La Quinta Lucia. It had a Shared Bathroom. I booked a Twin Room at the Quinta for 9 nights and paid an average of GTQ143 / night over the New Year period. It is normal for hotels to TRIPLE their rates on New Year’s Eve. It is, also, common for them to DOUBLE their rates on Friday and Saturday nights. The Quinta room was comfortable enough and my room had a […]

Monterrico – Guatemala – Information



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JANUARY 2017: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Flores (north Guatemala) and include: An over-night Luxury Bus from Flores to Guatemala City 10 nights in BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Antigua. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON BACKPAcking COSTS: Cost Of Existence (COE): My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I […]

Antigua – Guatemala – GRANDPAcking Costs



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JANUARY 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Flores to Antigua by overnight Luxury Bus. In Flores, I stayed in a BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard hotel: the Hotel Posada Tayazal. I booked a Twin Room at the Tayazal at a discounted rate of GTQ80 / night (US$11). I booked with BOOKING.COM and the booking was confirmed by email. But, when I got there, they did not have a Twin Room available. It was 5:00pm at night, so I didn’t have much choice. I had to accept the only room that they had available: a Single Room. We agreed a discounted price of GTQ50 […]

Antigua – Guatemala – Information



Flores - Causeway
JANUARY 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: After spending Christmas with my family in Belize, I ended up in Belize City (again). I had, previously, stayed in Belize City for 2 nights at the Downtown Bella Sombre. I paid US$45 / night. This was the most expensive hotel that I have stayed in over the past 2 years of travelling. But, in Belize City it is hard to find anything cheaper. It was not worth that price. The Bella Sombre room, itself, was OK. The hotel is secure and situated in an average area of town. But you don’t feel safe […]

Flores – Guatemala – Information