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Getting Around By Car

Driving in a rental car is an easy way to get around Guatemala. If you plan to drive, you need to ensure to bring your driving license and/or International Driving Permit (IDP). Driving in Guatemala can be an interesting experience, as the road rules are likely to be different than in your country. Guatemalans, for example, tend to continually honking their horns, for no reason, and have a tendency to overtake on blind bends. They also drive on the right-hand side of the road. Gas stations are easy to find, and most of the major roads, such as the Pan-American Highway, are in fairly good condition. In terms of your personal safety, you should consider the following: Rent a 4x4 if you are planning to travel off the main roads.Be careful where you leave the car—especially if parking in certain parts of cities, where security can be an issue. Never drive at night. If you do, you are at risk of armed robbery (especially in rural areas, but the problem exists across the country) and being hit by drunk drivers. All the larger urban center shae car rental agencies, including: Guatemala City, Antigua, Quetzaltenango, Flores and Huehuetenango. To hire a car, you will need not just your license, but also your passport and a credit card. In many cases you will be required to be at least 25 years old. The age limit is for insurance purposes—you will usually need to buy insurance from the rental agency too, unless you can show that you already have insurance that covers collision or loss-damage waiver (CDW). It is possible to rent a car for as little as $25 for a day. Major rental agencies in Guatemala include: Avis: Dollar: Budget: Hertz: National:

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By Paula Newton
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22 Feb 2009

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