Open Road's Best of Guatemala

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The new Open Road travel guides feature the right amount of information you really need for your trip and no more. Don't get lost in those huge, bulky guides filled with things you'll never, have time to do. We give you only the best suggestions for everything, so in two minutes or less you'll see what you can do on your trip-not what you can't! What's more, we think most travel guides are too expensive, so we offer one more thing the competition doesn't: an extremely affordable price! So pick up the new Open ...

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Overview

The new Open Road travel guides feature the right amount of information you really need for your trip and no more. Don't get lost in those huge, bulky guides filled with things you'll never, have time to do. We give you only the best suggestions for everything, so in two minutes or less you'll see what you can do on your trip-not what you can't! What's more, we think most travel guides are too expensive, so we offer one more thing the competition doesn't: an extremely affordable price! So pick up the new Open Road and see how easy-and inexpensive-travel guides can be.

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Author Bruce Morris, long-time Central America hand, shows you the awe-inspiring Mayan ruins at Tikal; beautiful Lake Atitlán; the colorful market towns of Antigua Guatemala and Chichicastenango; the bustling metropolis of Guatemala City; the great beaches and sportsfishing of the Pacific Coast; and the protected reserves and wildlife along the Caribbean Coast. There's also an excursion to nearby Copán ruins in Honduras. Guatemala boasts great birdwatching, uncrowded beaches, colonial architecture, wonderful shopping, vibrant nightlife, great hotels and restaurants-and a warm, inviting culture welcoming you to their beautiful land!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593601263
  • Publisher: Open Road
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 981,644
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 5.72 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Morris is a professional travel writer and photogrqpher and is the author of Open Road's Best of Panama, Open Road's Best of the Florida Keys, and is the co-author of Open Road's Best of Costa Rica. He is also the author of Costa Rica Alive! (Hunter Publishing).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 9

2 Overview 11

3 Guatemala City 25

Guatemala City in a Day 27

A Weekend in Guatemala City 31

Best Sleeps & Eats 35

Best Shopping 39

Best Nightlife & Entertainment 40

Best Sports & Recreation 41

4 Antigua 43

Antigua in a Day 44

A Weekend in Antigua 49

A Week in & Around Antigua 54

Macadamia Nut Farm 57

Volcán Pacaya 57

Chichicastenango 58

Best Sleeps & Eats 60

Best Shopping 67

Best-Nightlife & Entertainment 69

Best Spanish Language Schools 72

Best Sports & Recreation 75

5 Lake Atitlán 77

Lake Atitlán in a Day 78

A Weekend in Lake Atitlán 82

A Week in & Around Lake Atitlán 86

Panajachel 88

Santa Catarina Palopó 88

San Lucas Tolimán 89

Santiago Atitlán 89

San Pedro La Laguna 92

San Marcos La Laguna 92

El Jaibalito 93

Santa Cruz La Laguna 93

Best Sleeps & Eats 92

Panajachel 94

El Jaibalito 101

Santa Catarina Palopó 103

Santiago Atitlán 107

San Marcos 108

San Lucas Tolimán 108

San Marcos La Laguna 109

Best Shopping 109

Best Nightlife & Entertainment 111

Best Sports & Recreation 113

6 Chichicastenango 117

One Great Day in Chichicastenango 118

7 Tikal 122

A Weekend in Tikal 123

Best Sleeps & Eats 131

Best Shopping 133

8 Copán Excursion 134

A Day in Copán (Honduras) 135

A Weekend in Copán 138

Best Sleeps & Eats 146

9 The Pacific Coast 153

A Pacific Coast Weekend 154

A Week on the Pacific Coast 157

Monterico 157

Ixtapa 158

Isleta Gaia 159

Best Sleeps & Eats 160

Best Sports & Recreation 164

10 The Caribbean Coast 168

A Río Dulce Weekend 169

A Weekend in Livingston 173

Punta de Manabique 175

Best Sleeps & Eats 177

Livingston 177

Río Dulce 180

11 Practical Matters 181

Arrivals & Depatures 181

Flying to Guatemala 181

Cruises 181

Getting Around Guatemala 182

By Air 182

By Boat 182

By Car 183

By Car Rental or Private Driver 183

By Taxi 185

By Tuk-Tuk 185

By Bus 185

By Tourist Shuttle 186

By Pickup Truck Collective 187

Basic information 188

Banking & Changing Money 188

Plan Ahead for Credit Card Trouble 189

Business Hours 189

Climate & Weather 189

Consulates & Embassies 190

Electricity 190

Emergencies & Safety 191

Crime 191

Food 192

Health 194

Hospitals 195

Etiquette 195

Further Reading 196

Internet Access 196

Language 196

Newspapers & Magazines 197

Maps 197

Passport & Visa Regulations 197

Postal Service 197

Telephones 198

US Phones in Guatemala 198

Tipping 199

Tourist Information 199

Water 199

Weights & Measures 199

What to Bring 199

Essential Spanish 200

Pleasantries 200

Everyday Phrases 200

Travel Terms 201

Eating & Drinking 201

Slang 202

Pronunciation 203

Maps

Guatemala 13

Guatemala City 28

Antigua 45

Lake Atitlán 79

Panajachel 82

Tikal 125

Copán 136

Pacific Coast 156

Caribbean Coast 170

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