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Tips For Luxury Travelers

If you’re planning on spending a lot of money traveling in Guatemala, you can expect to be pampered. Continuously, unabashedly pampered. For the price of a Holiday Inn in the United States, you can stay in a five-star hotel on the beach. However, you don’t need to go blow all your cash on an imitation jewelry and exorbitant cab fares.
If you have the money, consider renting a car to get around. It should cost about $50 a day, but will afford you flexible traveling free of crowded buses. Another benefit is your ability to stop anywhere you like, whereas on a bus you just have to watch the once-in-a-lifetime scenery pass you by. You can also opt to fly around the country, which saves time but not money.

Guatemala has some world-class restaurants in the major cities, so you can dine in a luxury environment similar to that of the US or Europe. However, once you’re out in the country you’ll have to settle for lower-quality establishments, but many gringo-run places serve up meals of higher quality than the local fare, for a price. Alcohol is also fairly expensive for the nicer drinks, because most high-quality liquor is imported. But if you can shell it out, there’s nothing more relaxing than reclining on a hammock with an ably-made daiquiri.

Lodging affords perhaps the most noticeable improvement for the price, and luxury options are available even in the middle of nowhere. Jungle lodges, boutique spas and waterfront bungalows are all available for about $50 a night (often less, depending on the season), and you will have the lion’s share of options anywhere you travel. However, some places lose their charm when they increase in price, so a higher price doesn’t necessarily mean a better place. Some of the best options are the cheap, quaint places that can’t offer hydro-massages or complimentary wine, but will afford you the authentic experience.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: Safety, Eco-lodges In Guatemala, When To Go, Gay And Lesbians, Safety, Types Of Accommodation In Guatemala, Safety, Safety, Safety and When To Go.

By Eli Mangold
22 Jul 2010

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