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Tips For Mid-range Hotels

Traveling in Guatemala on a mid-range budget will afford you a much more comfortable stay, because a little goes a long way in this country. For about $30 a day, you can avoid crowded chicken buses, dingy, shared hostel rooms and the mundane comedores that make budget traveling a bit tiresome.

Private, secure buses cost about $1 an hour, and run throughout the country. You’re pretty limited to buses for domestic travel, although there is new air service between the major Guatemalan cities and towns. Taxis are fairly expensive, but cheaper in the cities where there is a lot of competition. However, avoid taking taxis to remote areas, because the driver may charge you an arm and a leg. Make sure to bargain; gringos are an easy target for rip-offs.Food substantially improves in portion-size and quality as you move into the $5-10 price range. You can head to gringo-run places if you’re feeling skeptical of the food quality, and heaping portions of meat and carbohydrates are provided if you go for something besides the minimum dish. You’ll also have a much better variety of food to choose from, if you opt for a restaurante instead of a comedor. Expect better service and a more pleasant dining experience, including chairs with backs, waiters with uniforms and more in the way of ambience.
Having your own private room and bath with hot water makes for more comfortable traveling in the Guatemalan countryside. Fortunately, these amenities will only cost you about $10 a night, with cheaper rates outside of the cities.

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By Eli Mangold
22 Jul 2010

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