On this page you’ll find all my articles on Guatemala… which at this time is just one lonely post.
I’m happy to answer questions about my time there in lieu of writing more blog posts on the subject but, in the meantime, check out this post that outlines how you can take a day trip to Guatemala from Belize.
GUATEMALA TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Guatemalan quetzal (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
TIME ZONE | Central Standard Zone, also known as GMT -6
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 90 days in Guatemala, you can get by using just your U.S. passport–no Visa required. However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Guatemala.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | The most widely spoken language in Guatemala is Spanish.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | Obviously, always take standard safety precautions (don’t wander alone at night, stick to major streets and pathways, don’t flash your wads of cash you baller you). For more information on Guatemala safety concerns, see this page and always pick up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN GUATEMALA
Though Guatemala is small, it’s still makes for a great travel destination. After you decide you want to visit Guatemala,
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RECOMMENDED GUATEMALA TOURS
➤ INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers a ton of multi-day tours of Central America that hit all the hot spots including Guatemala. Intrepid tours includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Central America travel guide.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in and around Guatemala, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for urban sightseeing, day trips to Tikal, outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
GUATEMALA PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ GUATEMALA GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause Guatemala is just a beaut’! Consider them your portable Guatemala travel guide.
The Rough Guide to Belize is the one I used – and I know that sounds weird. Note that since Tikal is such a popular day trip from Belize, it typically shares a guidebook with Belize. So if that’s all you have planned in Guatemala – grab that one.
And if you’re interested in a different kind of guidebook, check out Culture Smart! Guatemala. Culture Smart! guidebooks focus less on hotel recommendations and more on getting you acquainted with the local customs and culture of your destination. I LOVE these guidebooks and find them to be 100% accurate.