I'm going to be traveling to Guatemala from Nov. 29 - Dec. 4 with my girlfriend, and I'm trying to decide if we should book a hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua. The plan is to use wherever we stay as our base to book day trips from either through the hotel or the internet. I'm not sure if more tour operators do pick ups/drop offs from Guatemala city, or if it's about the same. I'm hoping that booking last minute day tours is sufficient. Group tours are OK, though we'd prefer to find a private tour operator. We're not sure which tours to do yet, but are definitely interested in doing a volcano hike, maybe some birding, and checking out some ruins (day trip to Tikal if time/budget permit).
Safety is important as I will be carrying a pretty expensive camera/lens, so I want to make sure we stay in a fairly safe area.
Any advice is appreciated!