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Tips for visiting Guatemala

If you are planning your next vacation, but have no idea where to go, visit Guatemala, you will be surprised by the amount of tourist places that this country has for you. You can be sure that you will enjoy great experiences with your partner, family and friends.

To know beautiful places and landscapes are one of the few things in life that you can easily do to be happy, so don’t think twice and go for the best moments of your life.

Below, we leave you with a short list of tips you need to keep in mind to make your trip to Guatemala perfect.

Check your documentation before going to Guatemala

It is always important that before planning a trip to another country you check the documentation required to enter as a tourist, so you will avoid mishaps and enjoy your stay from the first moment of your arrival.

If you are Mexican you will need to present a valid Mexican passport, which must have the corresponding migratory control and the exit stamp of the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM).  

Once arriving at the Guatemalan delegation you must carry out the migration control in the same way the stamp of entry to Guatemalan territory will be stamped.

Check what is the exchange rate

The currency used in Guatemala is the Guatemalan Quetzal (“Q”, GTQ). So, it is mandatory to be clear that the only currency that is accepted in businesses, stores, food places and service stations is that one. Another currency that is usually accepted is the U.S. dollar, but to avoid not being able to make purchases, make the currency exchange in advance.

A recommendation to avoid being robbed is to avoid visiting places of exchange located in the border points or in what is located in the center of the city. You can go to the exchange houses located at the airport or to the banks where the interest rates are better.

Choose your travel date wisely

Organize well your days off so that you can enjoy a great vacation without setbacks. We recommend that you choose the date of your trip in advance and preferably not in high season to enjoy better prices and an experience without so many people around you.

We recommend that you choose the date of your trip in advance and preferably not in high season to enjoy better prices and an experience without so many people around you.

Care all your official IDs, if possible do not carry them with you and deposit them in a safe place, take only one copy for any reason and carry it in your bag.

ruinas arqueologicas en guatemala

Find accommodation in advance

It’s always best to have a safe place to get to from the start, so you can forget about searching for space and lugging suitcases around until you find a room. However, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to plan ahead because you sleep wherever the night takes you, check out different options to suit your needs.

Visit the information modules

When traveling for the first time to Guatemala it is best to approach the information modules for orientation, it never hurts to have information about the place you are visiting. Sometimes it happens that we believe that it will be very easy to get to the city and explore without difficulty because we have experiences from other trips, but it is not always so. Asking for information allows you to save time and you will also know information about other cultural events.

Plan your travel route

The first thing you need to do is plan your travel route doing so will help you not to waste valuable time looking for what to do, although sometimes it’s good to be spontaneous, when it comes to traveling and enjoying every moment to the fullest it’s better to know where to go from the beginning, so mark your route of the places you want to visit.

Plan your travel route.

We advise you to visit the archaeological site of the Mayan culture “Tikal” which is located in Peten or maybe if you like a little more strong activities you can explore some of the volcanoes that Guatemala has like Tajamulco which has no activity but is a protected natural area or perhaps Pacaya volcano which is one of the few that is still active and from time to time surprises with fumaroles and rivers of lava.

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In conclusion, for sure there are many more tips to enjoy a great stay in Guatemala, but we hope that this small list will help to encourage you to travel and make your trip much more pleasant and easy. It is always better to take into account certain aspects to enjoy the trip and not be taken by surprise by certain setbacks that can be covered in advance. Traveling to another country is not an easy thing to do, so don’t get complicated and take note of these tips to have the best trip of your life.

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