Travel to Guatemala. Pack your suitcase

You are going on a trip to Guatemala, perfect! You will surely have too much fun, the country is beautiful. Central America, has managed to maintain its spirit for years receiving its visitors from different parts of the world with joy.

However, before enjoying the warmth of the locals and its wonders, it is necessary to prepare your suitcase before leaving home and keep in it what you need to enjoy a great experience, remember that you do not know what you can find because Guatemala has all kinds of natural places, for example: beaches, lagoons, rivers, jungles, caves and beautiful cities.  

Here’s a short list of what you need to know to prepare the perfect suitcase for visiting Guatemala.  

Prepare your suitcase according to your list

If you’ve already made a list the least you need to do is follow it because there’s no point in having spent time making it if you’re not going to use it. Start by keeping the essential items on the list and then the necessary ones. If the suitcase is already full, you can think about what things you don’t need. If you still have room, bring other items, remember that extra space is important to compare gifts, crafts or other nice things you find in the country.

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Must-have clothes

It’s always tricky to know what kind of clothing is right for a trip so check the weather to get an idea of what to pack, it’s advisable to go as light as you can. It’s not easy when you’re used to carrying your sweater everywhere, but you can give it a try.

In this case it will work to make good combinations of garments that help reduce space but still keep you warm, e.g., a short-sleeved shirt is workable if you’re wearing a long-sleeved shirt over it.

Underwear is one of the things that should always be given the highest priority, so make a good estimate of how many days you’ll be on the road and add an extra change for anything that might happen while exploring Central America.

Clothing you should definitely pack in your Guatemala suitcase

    • Rainwear, to avoid humidity and enjoy the expeditions in the archaeological zones.
    • Rainwear, to avoid humidity and enjoy the expeditions in the archaeological zones.
    • Warm pajamas, to spend the night protected from insects and colds due to the change of climate.
  • Lightweight clothing,because Guatemala is usually very hot during the day, although there are always unexpected changes so you should not be confident.
  • Socks, wearing comfortable socks is necessary because exploring the streets of Guatemala for hours can save you from foot injuries.
  • Underwear, there are always unforeseen events like getting caught in the rain or deciding to go to the beach with clothes on so it is necessary to have enough clothes to change into.

Comfortable footwear

Shoes are one of the most important elements of a traveler, your comfort depends on them so think very well what places you will visit while in Guatemala to carry the right ones. The truth is that it is always better to carry a pair of shoes that can be used for different activities and situations, besides this way you minimize the space and weight of the suitcase. A trick that can be very helpful is to put your socks inside your shoes and use the heavier footwear when traveling to free up space in your suitcase.

Shoes.

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Essential footwear for your trip to Guatemala

Flip Flops
Tennis
Comfortable shoes or boots

Necessary items

In the suitcase there are certain items that cannot be missing for any reason, here are some of them for you to take into account.

  • Official credentials to prove your identity
  • A camera to capture all of Guatemala’s beautiful scenery
  • Chargers and adapters for your camera and cell phone
  • A small flashlight in case of unforeseen circumstances
  • Money, enough to exchange it for the local currency (Quetzales)
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Mosquito repellent
  • A small first aid kit with basic medicines in case of any discomfort.

In short, packing a suitcase before leaving on a trip is sometimes a headache, however, if you keep in mind these tips we assure you that it will be much easier. Enjoy a great vacation in Guatemala taking what you need, this country has great surprises so do not think twice and run to dust off your suitcase.

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.

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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.

Guatemala in favor of endangered fauna


The Government of Guatemala, strives through various agencies such as the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), to create protected areas for these species, but without the awareness of all of us, we will lead to the disappearance of these beautiful specimens.

Next, in this article we will mention the most threatened endangered animals in Guatemala.

Jaguar

At present, its distribution covers 58% of the territory, 47.2 of which is in preserved areas, having lost 37% of its natural habitat.

However, in the 2.5 million hectares of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve located in the northern part of this country is where most of these mammals are found, with an estimated total of 345 jaguars that maintain a continuous genetic exchange with the bordering jaguars of the countries of Mexico and Belize.

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This feline lives almost everywhere in the Americas, from the Yucon in Canada to as far south as the Andes Mountains in Chile and Patagonia in Argentina.

This feline lives almost everywhere in the Americas, from the Yucon in Canada to as far south as the Andes Mountains in Chile and Patagonia in Argentina.

The loss of its habitat, the scarcity of its natural food and the deaths caused by cattle ranchers living near its habitats, has caused the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to recently change the puma’s status from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable.

Tapir

The Tapir in Guatemala was present until the 1950s basically in all regions of the country, but its indiscriminate hunting and the loss of its habitat caused that nowadays they can only be observed in the tropical forests of the areas above 2,000 meters in the regions of Petén, Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Quiché, Izabale, El Progreso, and Zacapa.

Currently, the IUCN has catalogued the Guatemalan tapir as Endangered.

Tigrillo

It is a nocturnal feline that inhabits tropical rainforests located between the altitudes of 1,00 to 1,500 meters above sea level in Central and South America.

The loss of its natural habitat due mostly to uncontrolled logging and agriculture and its illegal hunting for the commercialization of its skin has caused the International Union for Conservation of Nature to catalog the ocelot as a vulnerable species, although as we have already mentioned above in many places its population is almost nonexistent.

tigrillo

Collared macaw

The scarlet macaw, also known by its scientific name Ara Macao, is one of the largest birds belonging to the family of psittacines to which parrots, parakeets and macaws are grouped.

The scarlet macaw, also known by its scientific name Ara Macao, is one of the largest birds belonging to the family of psittacines to which parrots, parakeets and macaws are grouped.

The population of the scarlet macaw in the past was one, although from the 1940s it was divided into two subspecies that inhabited the south coast of Guatemala and the other the north coast, specifically in the Petén region.

If we add to this the illegal hunting of these beautiful birds to sell them on the black market as pets, the IUCN has catalogued the scarlet macaw within its red list as a species of least concern and this is due to the increasing protection of its sanctuaries.

scarlet macaw

The Quetzal

The Quetzal is also known by its scientific name Pharomacrus mocinno. This beautiful bird is a medium-sized bird whose length is between 36 to 40 cm, the male has a large tail that can reach up to 65 cm long.

The Quetzal is also known by its scientific name Pharomacrus mocinno.

Unfortunately, the quetzal is listed as near-threatened on the IUCN endangered species list and its population is declining every year at such a rapid rate that in a very short time it could even disappear. More and more endangered species in Guatemala are on the verge of extinction, without help from all the inhabitants, little by little this great country will be left without the exquisite fauna that surrounds it.

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In Guatemala it is not as endangered as in other countries such as Argentina and Ecuador, where it is considered endangered.

jaguar in guatemala

Spider monkey

The uncontrolled deforestation of Guatemala’s primary and secondary forests causes habitat loss and food shortages. On the other hand, the population that coexists with the spider monkey appreciates its meat, so illegal hunting influences the decrease of its population.

What the illegal buyers of the spider monkey’s offspring ignore is that since they are so small, they cannot survive without their mother and end up dying of sadness or starvation.

guatemala spider monkey

White-tailed deer

At present, due to uncontrolled hunting over the last few years, the white-tailed deer can only be found in small reserves in Guatemala and its hunting is totally prohibited.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has cataloged the white-tailed deer as less vulnerable so hopefully the current protection available to this species will allow it to leave the list of endangered species.

venado cola blanca guatemala

Puma

This feline lives almost everywhere in the Americas, from the Yucon in Canada to as far south as the Andes Mountains in Chile and Patagonia in Argentina.

This feline lives almost everywhere in the Americas, from the Yucon in Canada to as far south as the Andes Mountains in Chile and Patagonia in Argentina.

The loss of its habitat, the scarcity of its natural food and the deaths caused by cattle ranchers living near its habitats, has caused the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to recently change the puma’s status from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable.

Tapir

The Tapir in Guatemala was present until the 1950s basically in all regions of the country, but its indiscriminate hunting and the loss of its habitat caused that nowadays they can only be observed in the tropical forests of the areas above 2,000 meters in the regions of Petén, Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Quiché, Izabale, El Progreso, and Zacapa.

Currently, the IUCN has catalogued the Guatemalan tapir as Endangered.

Tigrillo

It is a nocturnal feline that inhabits tropical rainforests located between the altitudes of 1,00 to 1,500 meters above sea level in Central and South America.

The loss of its natural habitat due mostly to uncontrolled logging and agriculture and its illegal hunting for the commercialization of its skin has caused the International Union for Conservation of Nature to catalog the ocelot as a vulnerable species, although as we have already mentioned above in many places its population is almost nonexistent.

tigrillo

Collared macaw

The scarlet macaw, also known by its scientific name Ara Macao, is one of the largest birds belonging to the family of psittacines to which parrots, parakeets and macaws are grouped.

The scarlet macaw, also known by its scientific name Ara Macao, is one of the largest birds belonging to the family of psittacines to which parrots, parakeets and macaws are grouped.

The population of the scarlet macaw in the past was one, although from the 1940s it was divided into two subspecies that inhabited the south coast of Guatemala and the other the north coast, specifically in the Petén region.

If we add to this the illegal hunting of these beautiful birds to sell them on the black market as pets, the IUCN has catalogued the scarlet macaw within its red list as a species of least concern and this is due to the increasing protection of its sanctuaries.

scarlet macaw

The Quetzal

The Quetzal is also known by its scientific name Pharomacrus mocinno. This beautiful bird is a medium-sized bird whose length is between 36 to 40 cm, the male has a large tail that can reach up to 65 cm long.

The Quetzal is also known by its scientific name Pharomacrus mocinno.

Unfortunately, the quetzal is listed as near-threatened on the IUCN endangered species list and its population is declining every year at such a rapid rate that in a very short time it could even disappear. More and more endangered species in Guatemala are on the verge of extinction, without help from all the inhabitants, little by little this great country will be left without the exquisite fauna that surrounds it.

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