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Budget Travel in Guatemala: How much do you need

Guatemala is a country famous for their beautiful landscape, magical ruins, and real cultural involvement that you can experience. These are the reason why many tourist choose to pick Guatemala to visit for their vacation.

Most people traveling the country are from Western country, but many people from all over the world. With this post you’ll be able to prepare a minimum daily budget for your stay in the country. Hope you enjoy and this can be a big help for your next trip. Budget travel in Guatemala and how much do you need per day.

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Is it safe/difficult to travel in Guatemala?

You can never tell about the safety that may goes in the country. Guatemala is known a country where violence erupt frequently this is because of gang wars and narco trafficking. I would recommend to you that when being robbed by gangs you should not resist because they tend to be violent.

In my experience as I’ve backpacked in Guatemala for almost a month. I’ve met some people who had experience with armed robberies but I didn’t have any problem myself but my advice to you would have to ask local’s for guide so you’ll be confident about the places you would want to visit. So yes, it is safe to travel in Guatemala you just have to be careful with your environment!

Best time to visit in Guatemala

The weather in Guatemala would change from places to places. There are 2 season in the country this is the dry and wet season. Rainy season starts in May. The best time to visit Guatemala is from the months of November to April because it is the months of dry season. However, lots of tourists prefer to travel from January to March. But you should be responsible enough to research more about the weather in the country.

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Visa in Guatemala

A great news for everyone! There are 90 countries that can enter the country visa free for 90 days. There are some country who have to apply visa before entering the county and upon arrival. A single-entry tourist visa can cost you $25 and for a multiple-entry tourist visa cost $50.

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Cash in Guatemala

Guatemala has its own currency called the Guatemalan Quetzal. A $1=7.49 GTQ. There are lots of ATM’s and exchange currency in many part of the country. You don’t have to worry about changing your money. And you have to know the dollars is very common and well-accepted in the country.

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Internet in Guatemala

In our millennium WiFi is common because almost all people in the world have an account on any social media sites. WiFi has been improving in Guatemala. You can access free WiFi at hostels and hotels without additional rate. There are lots of restaurant that are offering free WiFi, just ask the staff for password.

There are 3 major network operator in the Guatemala and these are Tigo, Claro, and Movistar. And these may be the one you are using when traveling the country. It is required that you have an ID or passport to be able to purchase a sim in the country. Sim card are called chips and it is available in the official stores and some convenience stores. You can buy it for only $6. You can buy a 2GB of data of 30 days for $12.

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Food budget travel in Guatemala

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Your daily budget could be a total of $3-5 for food if you eat in local places. If you are in a budget you can go to the streets of Guatemala and find many available street food all around the country. You can buy one of the famous street food of the country named Pupusa it is a thick corn tortillas that is either suffed with bean, cheese, cocked food, or combo and it will only cost you $1.50. Rellenitos means alittle fillings, it is a plantains stuffed with refried black beans or sometimes cheese and it will only cost you $0.75.

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Accommodation budget travel in Guatemala

A total of $10-20 would be the range of your budget for accommodation in Guatemala. There are a lot hostels and hotels offering cheap accommodation. Guatemala City, has the highest prices for hostels. This price may go drop to $6-10 on other place in the country in a dorm. The good thing in this hostels is that they offer free WiFi and this is pretty handy for us.

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Tour/Entrance Fees in Guatemala

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There are many things to do and many place’s to visit in Guatemala. It is a must to visit Tikal when you visit Guatemala. You may enjoy it with a total of $20 entrance fee, it is open 6am to 6pm. And mind you that it is considered one of the UNESCO World Heritage. You should wonder Chichicastenango Market in Guatemala you would experience to talk with the locals and ask about their culture!

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Local transportation in Guatemala

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There are many local transportation in all over Guatemala. You can ride the bus within the towns and cities outside Guatemala City. You can buy a bus ticket ranging from $8-$10 depending on the and just to remind you that buses will only stop on the direct destination. When you are a constant traveler you may have encountered named Tuk tuk and you should expect to pay somewhere around $0.60-$1.20 You can ride the taxi and also expect to pay around $6 for a ten  minute ride. For more comfort there are vans to move around touristic places and their price is higher than the bus. Hostels are usually organizing vans and prices are affordables.

Budget Travel in Guatemala per day

The budget travel in Guatemala per would cost you around $25-30. This budget consist of a total of $10 for accommodation if you choose to stay in cheap hostel around the city. A total of $5-6 for food when you choose to try and eat street foods all throughout the streets of Guatemala. And the remaining would be for your transportation and some entrance for some tourist spots. This suggested budget may vary depending on how much luxurious your travel would be. You just have to plan early and now where you want to go and what to do!

If you continue traveling around Panama and Southeast Asia, check our travel budget in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bolivia and Thailand.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!


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