How to get to Antigua Guatemala?
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The airport to Antigua Guatemala is La Aurora International Airport (GUA) located in Guatemala City. It normally takes 45 min or so to exit your plane, go through immigration, receive your bags and clear customs. From there plan about 1 hour transport time to Antigua. As the airport is in the middle of the city your actual transport time depends on traffic. I recommend you reserve (in advance) for my driver to meet your flight. If you choose to arrive without transport set up, there are taxis and some tourist shuttles – departure times and costs vary. From Guatemala City you take CA1 to the west (to El Trebol, or Mixco) up to San Lucas Sacatepequez, where there is an exit to Antigua. Guatemala City is busy and you will have lots to see en route to Antigua !
If you are driving from Mexico or the U.S. (or from Panajachel) you will most likely will be on road CA1, there you can:
- Exit at Chimaltenango, following the signs to Antigua, but only during the day, as the road to Antigua could be little transited and you can get lost easily. It is a nice road, with interesting sights like San Andres Itzapa, where you can see Maximon, a saint worshiped by Mayan and other local people.
- Or continue in Chimaltenango to San Lucas, and there you can take a the exit to Antigua.
If you are driving from the Pacific coast from Puerto Quetzal or Puerto de San José the shortest way would be exit just passing Restaurante Sarita in Escuintla then take the road to Antigua. This road is very lonely at night, and should be avoided if you do not it very well, hence the best way at night to go via Guatemala City, but it will take double the time.
If you are driving from El Salvador or Honduras via CA1 go to Guatemala City and follow the instruction from there.
If you are driving from El Salvador from CA2 during the day, you can exit at Escuintla in the same way as if you were driving from Puerto Quetzal.