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Budget Travel in Guatemala: How much do you need

Budget Travel in Guatemala: How much do you need

Budget Travel in Guatemala: How much do you need

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

Most people traveling the country are from Western countries, but many people are 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 go in the country. Guatemala has 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!


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Best time to visit in Guatemala

The weather in Guatemala would change from places to places. There are 2 seasons in the country this is the dry and wet season. The 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.

Click here to know more about the weather in Guatemala

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.

Click here to know more about the visa policy in Guatemala.

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.

Click here to know more about the exchange rate of Guatemala.

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 an additional rate. There are lots of restaurants that are offering free WiFi, just ask the staff for the password.

There are 3 major network operators in 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. 


I wouldn’t recommend you buy a sim card at Guatemala airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Guatemala. Read here Guatemala sim card for tourist and best Guatemala eSim

You can find the cheapest Guatemalan eSim with Airalo Guatemala eSim prepaid for $7 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%). And for $21 USD with 3 GB data valid for 30 days.

MTX Connect eSim Guatemala for €24 with 4 GB data valid for 14 days. Holafly Guatemala eSim for $42 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER coming with 6 GB data valid for 15 days. GigSky Guatemala eSim for $40 USD with 5 GB data valid for 30 days.

Food budget travel in Guatemala

budget travel in Guatemala

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.

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 another place in the country in a dorm. The good thing in these hostels is that they offer free WiFi and this is pretty handy for us.


Tour/Entrance Fees in Guatemala

budget travel in Guatemala

There are many things to do and many places 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!

Click this to know more about our guide in things to do in Guatemala.

Local transportation in Guatemala

budget travel in Guatemala

There are much local transportations in all over Guatemala. You can ride the bus to 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 a taxi and also expect to pay around $6 for a ten-minute ride. For more comfort there are vans to move around tourist places and their price is higher than the bus. Hostels are usually organized vans and prices are affordable.

Budget Travel in Guatemala per day

The budget travel in Guatemala per would cost you around $25-30. This budget consists of a total of $10 for accommodation if you choose to stay in a 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!

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