Fly into the airport in Guatemala City (airport code GUA).
From the airport, you can go directly to Pana and take a boat to the Farm, or you can spend the night in Antigua and travel to Pana the next day.
Some resources: http://guatemala.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html
Direct Shuttle From the Airport to the Farm
To book your shuttle, make a payment with the PAY NOW button below and contact MYF directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your arrival details. Contact us for more information about this and our scheduled $60 shuttle service.
Airport to Panajachel (Pana)
If your flight arrives before 1:00pm, you have a good chance of making it to the Farm in one day. You can book a direct shuttle from the airport to Pana. It is about a 3.5 hour drive.
Getting from the Airport to Antigua
Setting up a transfer from the airport to Antigua is easy. You can email your hotel to set it up, or you can email a shuttle company directly. The cost from the airport to Antigua is $10.
Getting from Antigua to Panajachel (Pana)
You can typically schedule these shuttles at any tour agency or even at the hostel you are staying at. From Antigua to Pana there is a shuttle at 8:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 4:00 pm. It is about a 3 and a half hour shuttle ride. The price is typically $8 (60Q).
For people who are staying at the Internacional Mochilero, walk across the street to the Casa Amarilla (yellow house) and get a shuttle to Lake Atitlan for Q60 or $8. We took this shuttle and it was fine.
One thing I heard is that people should NOT go through the Plus Travel Agency for shuttles, especially to Atitlan. There is a road that is washed out so you have to take a detour and need a good reliable 4wd vehicle.
The Boat Ride from Pana to Santiago
From the boat dock, take a public boat to Santiago. All you need to do is say to someone ‘a Santiago’ and they will lead you in the right direction. These public boats run every half hour and cost Q25 ($3)/person. It is about a 45 minute ride from Pana to Santiago. You can hire a private boat for $25. The last boat is usually at 6:00pm.
The Boat Ride from Santiago to the Mystical Yoga Farm
From Santiago, take a private boat 5 to 8 minutes across the lake to the Farm. Ask for Guiermo, Francisco or Jose the boat driver to take you to the Finca de Yoga. This ride should cost no more than Q35 ($4.50).
There is a round yoga shala with a thatched roof at the front of the property.
Lodging Options in Antigua
There are many hotels and hostels in Antigua. Here are a few that we like.
Tel: 7832-0520 / 7882-4566 Web: www.internacionalmochilero.com Email: email@example.com
1a. Calle Poniente No. 33, La Antigua Guatemala
Q40/dormitory, Q160/private w/ bath a night, no breakfast, Internet & Wi-Fi included
I really like this hotel because it is very safe and in a good location. The front gate is locked at all times and there is always someone nearby to let you in. They have private rooms or dormitories. Private rooms are nice with a private bathroom in most cases, $15 per night. Dorm beds are less expensive. The accommodations are clean, with a private kitchen upstairs to cook if desired.
Alex runs the desk here – he is great and speaks fluent English.
It is rather cold as it is on the shady side of the street. I could have used an extra blanket. The showers are cold as well : ).
Otto says you can e-mail him directly to make arrangements for people.
Tel: 7832-6646 Web: Email:
There is also lodging available at the Yellow House and they take reservations for the private rooms and airport shuttles as well. I would say that Internacional Mochilero is much more welcoming but the Casa Amarilla is a good back-up and they have a good shuttle. Also there are about 7 or 8 other hostels and hotels along that same street.
Holistico Hostal(almost across the street)
Tel: 4531-8959 / 7832-4078 Web: www.hostalholistico.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAddress: 1a. Calle poniente No.6 “B”, La Antigua Guatemala
Q60/night w/ breakfast, Internet, & Wi-Fi included
Run by Cesar Pineda, who is great – personable & always around.
The space is open, communal, and active. I walked in for 5 minutes last night and met many people from all over. 20-30 years old in age, busy traveling types. They were hanging out watching Planet Earth downstairs – or on the roof watching the volcano erupt.
Casa Jacaranda Hostel & Restaurante
Tel: Web: www.hostelcasajacaranda.com Email: email@example.com
Address: 1a. Calle poniente No.37, La Antigua Guatemala
$10 for a single/night w/ breakfast, Internet, & Wi-Fi included
Rafael was very nice. Ana Maria also works side by side with him. Clean, nice, very much more sterile feeling. Comfortable for those that are slow to acclimate to the culture here.
Hotel Casa Antigua
Tel: 7832-9090/7832-9191 Web: www.hotelcasa-antigua.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Calle Poniente # 5, Antigua, Guatemala
$35/night 1 person, private bath, cable TV, Wi-Fi, travel agency, airport transfers, breakfast, kitchen, gardens, & rooftop terrace. Very pretty and traditional inside. Closer to Central Market & the Park.
Notes from Antigua
In Antigua, Wi-Fi is everywhere – even in Central Park, which is a few blocks from the hostels.
I bought my phone across the main street from the Central Market, in a grocery store:
4a. Calle Poniente No. 27
I bought the phone for Q175 and a Q10 phone card. Calling local is covered by the card, incoming calls are free, and international is expensive. Thus, Skype and Google chat are our friends.
All of the hostels and hotels in Antigua can arrange transportation from the airport to Antigua for a $10 booking fee. They can do this via email. Many hotels and hostels use the booking agent located across from Internacional Mochilero.