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alabama replied to the thread Airport pick-up service on the Guatemala forum on October 22, 2014:
alabama initially posted:
Hello Looking for airport pick-up service plus overnight stay with next day transport to bus station. Recommendations for bus or shuttle service? Which is better GC to Xela or GC to Antigua first? Will be attending Spanish school in both places. Thanks.
alabama replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Thank you peabody ??
peabody replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Try Patricia's Guesthouse in GC, 2261-4251 or website or if Pat's is full, try Hermano Pedro, 2261-4181. Both are near airport in Zona 13 and will take good care of you for reasonable rate. They will fix you up with good transport next day directly to Xela most probably. Buena suerte.
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JamminJimmy replied to the thread Using visa extension services on the Guatemala forum on October 22, 2014:
JamminJimmy initially posted:
I have spent my winters in Guate for 14 years and have used the visa extension or new visa services from people who make the trip to the Mexican border for you. They carry your passport (and many others), bribe the Guate and Mexican border guys who do the stamping, and you are all set for another 90 days. Recently, when flying out of Guate, the migration did the usual scanning of my passport and looked through the pages. They found some stamps exiting and entering Guate that were not in the computer system. Most likely because they were bought with bribes and never entered. Soooo, she asked me where I went when I left Guate on such n such a date. I played dumb like I couldn't speak Spanish and she let me through. I understand that Guatemala and Mexico are now using computer systems to track visas. Maybe part of the big campaign to eliminate corruption. To eliminate future problems, I renewed my passport(Canadian). Has anyone had similar problems? Entering or exiting Guate or Mexico through airports?
JamminJimmy replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Thank you for your responses. I am content to do it legally from now on. Too many variables, as in "hand in the pot". With a new passport, I don't imagine I'll have any further such problems.
busman7 replied on October 21, 2014 with:
Ever think of doing it legally and staying 72 hrs in Mexico (until that option is stopped)?
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iguanalover replied to the thread mailing a package to travelers passing through LakAtitlan or Antigua by road on the Guatemala forum on October 21, 2014:
lifelonglearner initially posted:
This is not directly an expat question but I thought Expats might be experts-I'm trying to send a package to my son who is traveling through Guatemala. Is there any US related business that might reliably provide storage or receiving services for packages? Since he won't be staying in Guatemala but is rather vacationing there, will there be customs duties imposed? He will take the contents with him when he leaves the country. How do we code packages like that? I'm trying to make sure he gets the package and that it goes as smoothly as possible. Thank you if you can help.
iguanalover replied on October 21, 2014 with:
You would have to use FedEx or DHL or something like that unless you know someone with an address who will hold it for him. It can be very expensive. Customs duties are collected whenever they can, visa status doesn't matter. Scan and send a copy of the receipt or else customs will make up their own price and charge accordingly. If you send a package, sent in a plain box without any kind of commercial markings. If it says Amazon on the box, it will get noticed. If you send more than three of any given item, they can claim it is for commercial use.
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busman7 replied to the thread US Expats - Are you in enrolled in the STEP program? on the Guatemala forum:
kweary initially posted:
Just curious if the US Expats here are enrolled in the US State Department's STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)? If you don't know what it is info can be found here - I've been in Guate for 2 months and have not enrolled....I'm debating doing so. Thoughts? Is it helpful or just a big brother program? Thanks.
busman7 replied on October 21, 2014 with:
Canucks only get nailed $100 for renewing passports! $260 for a 10 yr one with only 32 pages :(
kweary replied on October 20, 2014 with:
Great tips and insights. Thanks all.
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rebjaynes posted santa ana neighborhood on the Guatemala forum on October 19, 2014:
It looks like rents are less in Santa Ana. Is it too far too walk to/from the center of Antigua? Is it not a "good" neighborhood? The plaza looks pretty uninteresting...but maybe it's just more "real" Guatemala than Antigua. Comments?
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armandatitlan replied to the thread Smoking/Non-Smoking on the Guatemala forum on October 11, 2014:
alabama initially posted:
Hello What is the policy of smoking in restaurants and other public places such as busses, shops? Is smoking allowed inside building during Spanish classes? Thanks.
armandatitlan replied on October 11, 2014 with:
No smoking in public areas, neither bars and restaurants.. but the police is not enforcing it so you can find places where smoking is tolerated.. but be careful.. you could be given an easy reason to cops to make some money...if they see you smoking where it is not allowed..
iguanalover replied on October 11, 2014 with:
Smoking is not allowed in public places in most of Central America. We don't see many smokers anymore.
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Three story apartment facility with 3 units all overlooking Lake Izabal the largest lake in Guatemala. The view is amazing and quiet and peaceful.
DeliaLopez replied to the thread Immersion Spanish Schools on the Guatemala forum:
alabama initially posted:
Any recommendations for immersion Spanish class (6-8 weeks.) Open to various locations (Antigua, Xela, Lake, etc.) Single male, late 30's. Also, any comments on the Oxford Language School in Antigua (teach English part/time)
DeliaLopez replied on October 10, 2014 with:
We had a private teacher in San Pedro. He came to our hotel and went anywhere with us. There was three of us my husband who learned English in Kindergarten, our grandson who was a total newbi and I who have been trying for a while and knew some words etc. He has put together a booklet that I still have. I wish I had put one away to protect we had Spanish our first week in Guate and traveled by bus for 5 so it is a little tattered. He worked with each of us at their level and went with us places so we could practice with other people and the improvement in one week, even for the grandson was incredible. I can't wait to return. He also does lessons over skype. He speaks Spanish, English and tutujil. I have his contact info if anyone is interested.
alabama replied on October 02, 2014 with:
Thanks Francesca
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Impavidus posted Naturopath Doctor or Clinic on the Guatemala forum:
Can anyone recommend a good place to send my goddaughter? She lives in Huehuetenango and can travel to Antigua or Guatemala City. Many thanks.
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bajasur replied to the thread Computer repair in Antigua, Guatemala on the Guatemala forum:
kristenmeme initially posted:
I have what I think is a virus on my computer and am looking for a computer repair shop in Antigua, Guatemala. Can someone help me with this? Thanks. Kristen
bajasur replied most recently with:
Try Enlaces, 6a AV. Norte #1. 7832 5555. They offer repairs, virus fixes, etc.
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