Getting Here and Around
Don't forget that Monterrico is on an island, separated from the mainland by the Canal of Chiquimulilla. Just east of Puerto San José is the small town of Iztapa, also on the mainland side of the canal. A Q20 toll bridge crosses to the island and the 35 km (21 mi) road to Monterrico. An alternate, less convenient route takes you via Escuintla, then southeast to the town of Taxisco. From there, head south to the tiny hamlet of Avellanas, where you board a ferry—the flat-bed boats are called lanchónes, and most are big enough for only one or two vehicles at a time—to make the 25-minute trip down the canal. The ferry cost is Q85 per vehicle and Q50 per passenger.
Public bus connections to Monterrico are complicated. You need to transfer in Escuintla, then take a smaller bus to the administrative capital of Taxisco, and then board a final bus to Monterrico, when you negotiate the ferry at Avellanas. For that reason, we recommend minivan shuttle transport if you lack your own wheels. Any company in Guatemala City, Antigua, or Panajachel can fix you up.
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