There are two main public (and 1 private) ways of arriving:
- By boat (called “lancha” in Spanish) from Panajachel (the main arrival hub for Lake Atitlan to which you would get a tourist shuttle from Antigua – multiple daily).
- By direct shuttle to San Marcos (Shared tourist shuttles available from Antigua twice daily 9am and 2pm departures).
- We can arrange for shared pickups directly from Guatemala City Airport (Aeropuerto “La Aurora” – Guatemala City – GUA) – $30 per person, minimum 5 passengers – travel time 4hrs. PLEASE REQUEST IN ADVANCE.
If you are flying into Guatemala, we recommend you allow a few days to visit Antigua Guatemala (we can offer very beautiful homely accommodation options there also), an awesome colonial city and UNESCO world heritage site – the operational headquarters for the Spanish Conquistadores during the times of the conquests. Making Antigua your first stop will mean your travel time from the airport to Antigua ought to only be 1 hour (if the traffic is light). You can then plan to travel on to San Marcos La Laguna from there with a direct shuttle operated by the travel agencies (USD10 one way, 2 departures per day 9am&2pm – travel time 3.5hrs), or by organising a private shuttle with us (USD25 per person, minimum 5 passengers).