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1.0 Travel preperation
1.1 All about COVID
2.0 Save & connect
2.2 "Go online" SIM-cards
3.0 All about
3.1 Food & Drink
Travellers pay up to 8 times more for sightseeings than Guatemalans. For example the ruins in Tikal 150Q (~20USD) for tourists and 25Q (~3USD) for Guatemalans.
1.1 COVID-19 Information
All travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or Antigen) issued no later than 72 hours prior to departure and be vaccinated twice.
Pricings in Guatemala to travel abroad
Price Antigen-Test: 195Q-330Q
Price PCR Test: 600Q-675Q
(Coupon "CHAPIN1" PCR 5% / Antigen 10%)
✓ Vaccinated twice
Free Antigen-Test <<HERE>>
From 8am to 12pm
Visa exempt for stays of up to 90 days*. The traveler must:
* be carefull if you want to travel to Honduras or back again. Honduras and Guatemala stays in partnership so you have just 90 days in both together!
There are not many ATMs in Guatemala and each machine has roughly the same withdrawal fee. Max. withdraw 2000Q
Bank BI (Banca Industrial): 32 Q (4 USD)
ATM 5B: 45 Q (~5 USD)
ATM BAC: 39.65 Q
SIM card comparison
There are two providers that are recommended.
TIGO - Tigo offers the best network coverage in the whole country and is priced the same as Claro. Limited calls to Guatemala and the USA. For the first 24 hours, 350MB, 500 SMS, 90min USA and 200min Guatemala are available free of charge.
- 15 days: 50Q 4GB / 200min / unlimited social media
Download - TIGO App *
Claro - Claro's network coverage is limited to the Guatemala City and Quezeltango (Xela) region, but offers 1GB of internet and unlimited calls to the US and Guatemala.
- 15 days: 50Q 5GB / unlimited calls to Guatemala and USA / unlimited social media
Compared to Mexico, Guatemala is a little bit more expensive in food and a lot more expensive in terms of electronics.
San Martin - This bakery has the best bread, hot chocolate, sweet desserts and cofee.
The best milk of Guatemala, Coronado Entera. (12Q/l)
Don`t buy fresh pasteurizade milk, it gets worse after a day.
A good sharp & crumbly cheese ist the "Vintage"-cheese from Mainland (New Zealand), it smells like a swiss-cheese (Gruyere or Appenzeller). You will find this cheese in the supermarket "paiz". 50Q/250g
At the airport
There are several options from the airport to the city. However, if you arrive without internet, these are limited to two options.
Option 1: Taxi to town 80Q costs around € 8. No money, no problem. Since it is not always possible to organize money at the airport, the taxi drivers are also ready to approve a stop at an ATM on the way to the hotel (no extra charge).
Option 2: take the bus. The only question is where are these going? It costs nothing to ask!
Buses in Guatemala
Alamo (The worst) - This buses drives directly to Quetzaltenango. Guatemala city to Quetzaltenango (Xela), 4h ride for 80 Q. >Karte<
It`s permitted to drink and eat in the buses!
XELABUS - These buses departs 10m next to the Alamo busstation and are more comfortable. Price: 100Q
- From Quetzaltenango 2pm
San Cristobal - This bus is the cheapest of al the buses who drives between Guatemala city and Quetzaltenango.
- Price 60Q
- From Quetzaltenango 2:00am / 2:45pm
All the buses departures at the same street!
Xela - Busterminal
Quetzaltenango (Xela) - Europe
15kg - 2700Q
If you send something national or you wanna keep something in Guatemala to travel abroad, do it with Litegua.
You can send your laguage to a destination you travel to after you come back and deposit it up to one month at the station you choose!
Price: Guatemala to Rio Dulce (1 Big bag/61Q)