Guatemala City and Antigua
The Real Deal: Roundtrip air from Miami, Dallas or Houston and a four-night stay split between Guatemala City and Antigua for $699.
When: Through June 17, 2005
Gateways: Miami, Dallas or Houston. $25 surcharge: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, or New York. $50 surcharge: Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. $75 surcharge: San Francisco. $125 surcharge: Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City. $290 surcharge: Portland, Seattle
Details: Transfers to and from the airport and between the two cities are part of the offer, along with daily breakfast and hotel taxes and service charges. Other hotel options in both cities come with a bit higher price tag (up to $899 for a double).
Book By: June 17, 2005
Contact: Fly South Vacations, flysouthvacations.com
If there is a place that represents the best of Central America--mesmerizing Mayan ruins, a lively indigenous culture, high, active volcanoes and some of the planet's most exotic wildlife--it would probably be Guatemala. This microcosm of Central America is a perfect destination for those who would like to see as much as possible in this part of the world but only have limited time at their disposal.
And now to the money-saving part. Fly South Vacations has a Guatemala two-city package on sale, including roundtrip air from Miami, Dallas or Houston and a four-night stay split between the capital, Guatemala City, and the well-preserved colonial city and former capital, Antigua for $699. If only the walls could talk in Antigua's Hotel Palacio Chico, built by the famous Spanish architect, Luis Diaz de Navarro, in 1754 to be used as lodging for members of royalty delegations--it's also where you'll be staying. You'll also spend two nights in Guatemala City at the Best Western Hotel Stoffela, steps away from shopping and the nightlife scene. Transfers to and from the airport and between the two cities are part of the offer, along with daily breakfast and hotel taxes and service charges. Other hotel options in both cities come with a bit higher price tag (up to $899 for a double).
And although there is no deadline to book, you might want to rush if you're interested in the trip because the offer is only good now through June 17. Standard roundtrip airfare to Guatemala City in June starts from $408 (TACA) from Miami and from $470 (TACA) from New York.
Although Guatemala is overall very safe, avoid intercity travel after sunset and follow some common sense precautions by staying away from protests and similar activist gatherings. And try not to photograph children without permission from their parents to avoid being mistaken for a foreign kidnapper. Oh yeah, and be sure to have a great time.