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A valid passport is required for entry/exit into Guatemala and for return entry to the U.S. American visitors staying 90 days or less do not need a visa. If you decide to stay longer, apply with the Guatemalan immigration office prior to the end of your 90-day stay. It is each traveler’s responsibility to check with your Guatemalan consulate for the most up-to-date visa information.
Aurora Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City is the primary airport of Guatemala. American Airlines, Delta, United, Spirit Airlines, Volaris, Interjet, Copa, Aeromexico and Avianca all operate flights out of the US. with fares starting under $400 roundtrip. If flying from California or New York, flight time is just under 5 hours direct. If flying from Florida or Texas, flight time is under 3 hours direct.
If your flight arrives at 3:30 pm or later, we suggest that you stay in Antigua or Guatemala City for the night. We’ll happily provide hotel suggestions in our guest guide, which you will receive once registered. Typically, whatever hotel you choose will make airport transport arrangements for you. If they do not provide this service, we are happy to assist. Antigua is a quaint, colonial city about 45 minutes from the airport and is worth a visit if time permits.
If arriving before 3:30 pm, your private shuttle driver will be outside the airport waiting and will be holding a “Villa Sumaya” sign.
From the airport, it is about a 3-hour drive to Panajachel, the place where you’ll board the boat to Lake Atitlán for the 15 minute ride to Villa Sumaya. From Antigua, it is approximately 2.5 hours. Drive times vary depending on traffic or construction. Approximately an hour into the ride, the roads get curvy and mountainous.
Shuttle prices from GUA airport to Panajachel are as follows:
– 1-2 people: $100 USD
– 3 people: $35 USD per person
– 4 people: $30 USD per person
– 5 or more people: $25 USD per person
Shuttle prices from Antigua to Panajachel are as follows:
– 1-3 people: $90 USD
– 4-6 people: $110 USD
– 7 or more people: $15 USD per person
Public shuttles from Antigua are $12 USD and leave at 8:00 am, 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm
Your shuttle driver will call ahead so that your boat will be waiting. Once you arrive in Panajachel, your driver will drop you off at the designated dock area. You’ll then be taking a 15 minute boat ride to the Villa Sumaya dock. For 1 to 5 people, the cost is $25 and for each additional person, add $5. There is public boat transportation from Tzanjuyu (“san-who-you”) dock that is available roughly every half hour from 7:00 am to 7:30 pm. The price is about Q25 per person ($3.00), and you will need to pay the driver in local currency upon exiting. Ask in advance to be dropped off at the Villa Sumaya dock, otherwise, you will have a 20-minute walk from the main Santa Cruz dock (with luggage this would be very difficult).
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