How to get to El Paredon
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El Paredon lies on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, roughly two hours from Antigua and three hours from Guatemala City. It is accessible via two different routes, either coming via land and the 30 minute dirt track ride or via boat, travelling down the canal till you arrive at the village from the Sipacate side. Here we will explain how to get to El Paredon, how much each route will cost and how to book the transport.
From Guatemala City
The cheapest way to get to El Paredon from Guatemala city is via chicken bus. There is one bus a day that travels directly to El Paredon taking approx. 4 hours.
Firstly go to CENMA bus station, in the south of the city. Go to bus stop 39 to get the Transpacifico bus that leaves at 15:40pm every day. Try to arrive at least 20 minutes before as the buses leave exactly on time and this is the only direct bus. This bus will arrive in El Paredon around 19:30pm as it stops along the way, including a longer wait in Puerto San Jose.
This bus also travels back up to Guatemala city every day from El Paredon at 05:00am.
Cost – Q40
There is also a shuttle that joins the Antigua shuttle (see below). It leaves Guatemala City at 06:00 or 12:00 and returns at 9:30 or 14:00. You can book this shuttle via NEWay: +502 3475 2582
It is also possible to get to El Paredon from Guatemala City via private shuttle however this option is obviously more expensive. You can book this shuttle via NEWay: +502 3475 2582
Cost: aprox. 750Q
The best way to travel down from Antigua is by taking one of the two daily shuttles. The shuttle will pick you up from your hostel and drive you directly to El Paredon in roughly two hours. One leaves Antigua at around 9:30am and the other at 14:00. Both shuttles run from El Paredon to Antigua at the same times. Make sure you book in advance as they can often be booked out.
Both shuttles can be booked through NEWay, based in Antigua.
Cost: aprox. 90Q
The other option to get to El Paredon from Antigua is to travel via chicken bus. For this route you must go to the Antigua bus stop, just behind the main market. From here you can catch a bus down to Escuintla. From Escuintla you take the bus to Sipacate, you might need to change at Siquinila if there’s no direct bus.
Once in Sipacate, disembark and then go to the Tuk-Tuk stand opposite the petrol station where you catch a ride down to Escondite (Q20). Here you will arrive right next to La Choza Chula. If you need any help on arrival please feel free to drop by our shop!
Cost: between Q70-Q100 (depending on numbers on the tuk-tuk and boat ride)
From Lake Atitlan
Pacific Surf GT offer a shuttle three times a week to El Paredon from Lake Atitlan, leaving Santiago on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. The shuttle leaves Santiago at 13:00pm and takes roughly 4 hours, including the boat ride into the village.
To book a shuttle call: +502 5742 8574 or message via this Facebook page.
It is also possible to travel to El Paredon from Lake Atitlan via chicken bus. However, this route takes approximately 2 hours longer. Here you catch the bus from Santiago and you take it to Cocales. At Cocales change for Siquinala, and at Siquinala change for Sipacate. When you arrive at Sipacate take a tuk-tuk to Escondite (Q20) and then the boat to El Paredon (Q20 for ride, or Q5 per person if 4 people or more)
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