With enchanting towns full of cultural riches, isn’t it about time you got acquainted with the inviting people, exotic wildlife and spellbinding stories of Guatemala?
|Departing||Trip name||Days||From ZAR|
|Nicaragua & Costa Rica||10||
|Central American Journey||17||
|Guatemala to Mexico||13||
Our Guatemala trips score an average of 4.53 out of 5 based on 583 reviews in the last year.
This was a good trip to get an overview of the 5 countries we visited in 17 days. I would have loved more time in each country but can always now go back and take a slower progressing tour. The places we went showed the diversity and differences in the countries. Most of the locations were simply charming and great fun. Our tour leader was well educated in the culture. His biology background was great for learning about the plants and animals in Central America. I did arrive early and stayed past the tour to spend some extra time in areas that intrigued me. Juan assisted me in finding the right places to go after the tour was over and I was traveling on my own. I came on this tour to spend time with a friend I made on another Intrepid tour in SE Asia. I would not have come to Central America except she had booked this tour. What a great thing. I so enjoyed spending more time traveling with her and found a whole other part of the world I want to explore in years to come. I also made some new amazing like minded friends that may lead me to other places to travel again together. The people who take these trips are almost as valuable of a discovery as the places I go. These tours attract some amazing travelers of so many ages, countries they live in and backgrounds. We all share a deep love of traveling. This was my 4th tour with Intrepid. I hope to get many more in the next few years. These tours just really work for me.
Review submitted 20 Mar 2018
Recommend as good introduction to Central America. Can easily add on to explore more of Guatamala & Cost Rica. Research what optional activities you would like to do ahead of time as these can quickly add to the overall cost of the trip and check the internet for competative local options as this can be more cost effective.
Review submitted 20 Mar 2018
Admire the classic colonial streetscapes of Antigua
Get stuck into outdoor activities in Panajachel
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Guatemala, you may find yourself travelling by:
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Guatemala you may find yourself staying in a:
Be treated to a big Central American welcome while staying with a local family lakeside in San Jorge La Laguna.
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
USA: Not required
It's customary to add 10% to restaurant bills (if this hasn’t already been included). Tipping elsewhere is optional, but leaving spare change at small cafes is a good idea as most Guatemalans typically earn little.
Internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots are becoming more prevalent in Guatemala’s cities, although the connection may be slower than what you’re used to. Remote areas will have little to no internet access.
Using your mobile phone while in the cities of Guatemala shouldn’t be problematic. Coverage may be less reliable in remote and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming enabled before leaving your home country if you wish to use your mobile.
Many tourist sites and restaurants have flushable toilets, although some remote areas may have compostable or drop toilets. It’s a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and soap as these aren’t always provided.
Cup of coffee at a cafe = US$1.50
A bottle of beer = US$2
Basic meal = US$4
Dinner at an international restaurant = US$10-15
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Guatemala. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water; ask your leader where filtered water can be found. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards can be used at most large restaurants, shops and other tourist establishments. Expect to pay cash when dealing with smaller vendors, family-run restaurants and market stalls.
Internationally compatible ATMs can be found in most of Guatemala’s major cities. ATMs are far less common in rural areas and small villages so have enough cash to cover purchases when travelling away from the larger cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Guatemala go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/guatemala/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
1. Be considerate of Guatemala’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Guatemala, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
CasaSito provides educational opportunities in rural areas of Guatemala for children living in poverty. Guatemala has a very high level of illiteracy, particularly in rural areas which lack schools and educational resources. Our support is for their scholarship program, helping keep children in school.
Photo provided by CasaSitol.