Transiting and parking in Antigua Guatemala
Antigua is a unique town in Guatemala and it is advised to walk around to enjoy the special feeling of our streets, buildings and ruins. To go to places around town or surrounding villages you can ride a tuc tuc (mototaxi) which are very cheap and a very cool local experience, taxis (normally old cars) are also available and you can find them in the corner of Central Park, always agree before to the fee you are going to pay! For those into adventure and local charm the “camionetas” or “Burras” are our local buses also named “Chicken Buses” in English, with funny colors and uncomfortable seats they will get you anywhere you need sometimes with loud music, all kinds of cargos and animals on board. Most travel agencies will arrange private transportation in different sizes and cost, there are plenty of Car rental agencies in Antigua and some allow to return the car at the airport for a fee.
When Parking in Antigua you need to purchase a “marbete”, a parking tab that you hang on your windshield to avoid getting a parking ticket, be sure where you park, dont park in front of garage gates specially if they have signs with “no parking”, red lines mean no parking, white lines are designated areas for motorcycle parking and blue lines signal parking for disabled. Plenty of parking lots all around town, they are the best option to keep your valuables and your vehicle safe, “parquea carros” or wachiman” are people offering to watch your car or even wash it for you, this activity is not allowed in Antigua, be aware of this illegal activity. If you are driving an RV or Large vehicle there is a space where to Tourist Police is located that allow for parking for a few days, check with the INGUAT office in town for more information. Good luck and drive safe!