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Tips For Budget Travelers

Guatemala is perhaps the cheapest country to visit out of all the Latin American countries. In Guatemala, transportation by coach bus costs about a dollar an hour, unless you opt for the even-cheaper camioneta, or “chicken bus,” which is sort of like public transit, only without rigid schedules and routes. These buses run all over the country and are a great option to get to places where few taxis or coach buses run. The towns surrounding Antigua are difficult to get to by another means than a camioneta. Hitchhiking is another low-cost option, and sometimes the only option if you’re out in the sticks. However, drivers expect to be paid a small sum, usually comparable to what you might pay on a chicken bus. Don’t expect to have the bed of the truck all to yourself; many Guatemalans also hitch as a means to get around.

Meals are also a bargain. If you have the ability to cook for yourself long term, (and don’t mind rice and beans) you can eat for under $5 a day. Fixed price menus for breakfast and lunch should run anywhere from $2-4. If you’re okay with hole-in-the-wall comedores (basic Guatemalan eateries) or street food, dinners can cost about the same. However, street food is more likely to get you sick, which could end up costing you quite a bit to take care of.

Lodging offers another pleasant surprise; beds in shared rooms can cost as low as $2, while a comfortable private room is easily available for under $10. Family-run hospedajes, essentially a house with a few extra rooms, are usually the cheapest option, along with the more modest of the hostels. Camping is also available, and generally cheaper than any proper lodging in the area.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: Seniors, Tips For Luxury Travelers, Gay And Lesbians, Safety, Organized Before Entering, Eco-lodges In Guatemala, When To Go, Safety, Dealing With Officialdom And Business and When to go.








By Eli Mangold
22 Jul 2010






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