Camioneta

The Camioneta or “Chicken Bus”

This post on the camioneta is written by RPCV Sasha Escue. Sasha was an Agriculture Volunteer in Chirrepec, Alta Verapaz and Pachalum, Quiché from 2011-13. She provides some tips on making the most of your camioneta experience. The Camioneta or “Chicken Bus” Traveling...
preparing for departure

Preparing for Departure

When preparing for departure, visitors from the U.S. and most of Europe do not need to file any paperwork before entering Guatemala and will automatically be given a 90-day tourist visa. These visas can easily be by leaving the country – most foreigners head to México to do this....
responsible travel

Responsible Travel

Nothing is more frustrating than seeing visitors to Guatemala act in an offensive manner out of simple ignorance. There aren’t a lot of huge differences to be aware of, but here are some easy suggestions for responsible travel so that you can avoid being rude or feeling...
information and services

Information and Services

Information and services in Guatemala are respectable, so it won’t be too hard for you to stay connected during your trip. If that’s not what you’re looking for, however, it’s also very easy to get off the grid entirely. Post & Mail Services The...
Activities

Activities in Guatemala

No matter what time of year, there are always a plethora of activities in Guatemala to keep you entertained. Surfing, hiking, fishing, rafting, volcano climbing, shopping, and more – you can find it all in this bite-sized Central American country. Volunteering and Employment...
safety and security

Safety and Security in Guatemala

If you look on certain websites for information on safety and security in Guatemala, it sounds as if you are guaranteed to be robbed or assaulted as soon as you step off the plane. This is nowhere near the case, but there are definitely unique security concerns to take into...
food and drink

Food and Drink in Guatemala

Visitors to Guatemala can expect to enjoy a wide variety of food and drink, ranging significantly in both price and quality. In modern cities like the capital and Antigua, the sky is the limit – it’s difficult to think of a meal you cannot find. Myriad international restaurants...
accommodations

Accommodations in Guatemala

Accommodations in Guatemala span from the lowly autohotel to the most expensive 5-star resort. On the low end of the spectrum are the drive-in motels used by Guatemalans for romantic getaways with their secret lovers. On the high end are exquisitely decorated luxury resorts with...
prices

Money and Prices

The currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal (GTQ). Foreigners will often state prices in ‘Q’, but Guatemalans will say Quetzales. At the time of writing, the exchange rates for the Quetzal were Q7.70 to the US dollar and Q9.62 to the Euro. The Quetzal is issued in bills of 1, 5, 10,...
health

Health in Guatemala

Water In general, water is not potable in almost any part of Guatemala. Travelers with stronger stomachs may be able to drink it without issues, but this is not recommended in any way. Giardia, amoebas, and parasites will ruin your trip, so be safe and buy bottled water like...
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