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Traveling With Children

Children are highly regarded in South America and can often help to break the ice with indigenous families. Local children are not as shy as their parents when it comes to approaching foreigners of their own age. Families with children are also viewed with less suspicion than westerners traveling alone. Rumors of westerners kidnapping indigenous children in recent decades are still fresh in the minds of many. On most modes of public transport there is a reduced rate for children; buses and planes generally charge less for kids under 12 years old and even less again for those under 2 years old. Internal flights are something to think about if traveling long distances in Guatemala, buses can often be uncomfortable and exhausting for adults, let alone children. However, check children’s baggage allowances as they differ depending on the airline. Some budget hotels in Guatemala don’t charge for children at all, while with others you can negotiate a family rate. You can also try and negotiate family tickets to attractions and museums, if they don’t already exist. Guatemala has a very dense and rich history which some kids may get bored with. It’s worth looking into some Theme Parks, Zoos or Children’s Museums to help break up the more historical based activities. In most restaurants, kids can be accommodated food wise and many will assemble some form of a high chair for smaller children. Make sure you carry a copy of your child’s birth certificate and a couple of passport sized photographs. Nappies and certain other baby supplies are easier to come by in the cities and built up areas. Also take note that fresh milk is rare and not always pasteurized so you may have to make do with UHT milk or powdered milk. Ensure children are vaccinated sufficiently before you go and make sure they keep away from tap water and street food stalls, as they’re more susceptible than adults to bugs that can be carried in these.

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29 Jul 2010






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