Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Panajachel, Guatemala is Open
Map of Lake Atitlan
Flights into Guatemala
Guatemala re-opened its international
airport on September 18th, 2020 and the number of flights has been steadily
There are currently regularly scheduled flights arriving from major
US cities, including Houston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Washington
DC, Newark, Atlanta, and Dallas. Flights are also available from Mexico City,
Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Panama.
Map showing the location of Guatemala from
the United States
What is needed to enter the country
In order to enter Guatemala, you need to
have a negative COVID test (PCR or Antigen) that was taken within 72 hours of
your arrival. Also, you need to fill out a
one page online health form before
your departure (link is also at the end of the article).
As of January 26th, 2021, the US also
requires a negative COVID test to enter by air. In Guatemala, the test required
for re-entry into the US is readily available and reasonably priced. The results
are available quickly, often in hours. Additional information on both entering
Guatemala and the US can be found on the
US Embassy's Guatemala Webpage (link is also at
the end of the article).
Map showing location of Panajachel on Lake
Atitlan in Guatemala
When you arrive in Guatemala City, you can
hire a private car or take a shuttle to Antigua or Panajachel. My shuttle
operator is recommending booking in advance. The shuttles are running several
times a day, but sometimes a shuttle is canceled because of lack of
reservations. Other times, more shuttles are added to accommodate passengers
while still complying with social distancing rules. Booking ahead will ensure
that the transportation you desire is available and waiting for you.
When you arrive in Panajachel, you will
notice that all of the hotels, restaurants, bars, and cafes are open. The
souvenir shops are also open, and street vendors are selling food and trinkets. Boat
service to the other towns is on a normal schedule. Mornings and weekdays are
Weekends feel festive with both national
and international tourists strolling on the main streets and enjoying the shores
of the lake. Late nights are also quiet because the bars are closing at 9:00 PM.
Out in a lancha, on the lake
The public buses are still running, but
with a reduced number of passengers. Instead of having 5 people crammed into a
bench seat, there is one person per seat. The prices have increased as a result,
but they are still quite reasonable, especially considering you get your own
seat. For example, the ride from Panajachel to Sololá
used to cost about 25 cents and now it costs 65 cents.
Like always, the bus
system can have trouble keeping up with demand during rush hour in the bigger
cities, but availability of service is not a problem in the rest of the country.
The overall mobility of people and goods has not been negatively affected in any
meaningful way. For example, we are still buying freshly caught seafood from the
Pacific, delivered to our house for $3.25 / pound.
Living in town
Like many countries, Guatemala adopted a
color coded COVID response system to prevent overcrowding of public
establishments. In areas with high populations, like Guatemala City, this can
result in waiting in lines outside of stores or restaurants.
A serene view looking out over the lake
However, in Panajachel, the population is lower and
there is enough capacity for the businesses to satisfy the rules without
compromising on service or inconveniencing their clients. You may notice that a
few tables were moved from indoor areas to outdoor areas in order to reduce the
number of people per square meter, but there are no drastic changes. Like
always, you will be served promptly and with a smile.
Lake Atitlan in Guatemala
The online health form required to fly into
The US Embassy’s webpage that covers COVID
related requirements for traveling into Guatemala and from Guatemala to the US:
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