My 25-year-old daughter, who does not speak Spanish, is flying alone to Guatemala City in August, arriving about 7:30 pm on a Friday. She will stay at a GC hotel with a friend for 2 nights, then they will go to Lake Atitlan to stay at a rental house for a week, after which they will spend a week "traveling around" the country before returning to GC for the flight home. I've searched the forums and other sources for phone, money, and transportation advice but still need advice on what's best for her situation.
First, can she buy an inexpensive cell phone (with prepaid minutes) at the airport? If they don't sell them there or will be closed at the time she arrives, where is a convenient place in downtown GC for her to buy one the next day? (I don't know which hotel her friend will be at but assume it is in the GC center.)
Second, will she be able to get cash from an ATM at the airport and/or change travelers checks or US$ at an airport bank Friday evening?
Third, what is the safest way for her to get from the airport to downtown GC on Friday evening? If a taxi or shuttle, where should she go to get it and what should she expect to pay? Can she pay with a credit card or with US$?
Fourth, what is the safest way for her and her friend to get from GC to Lake Atitlan on Sunday?
Thanks for any help you can provide.