GUATEMALA

Guatemala is a vibrant and diverse country located in Central America, known for its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, and fascinating history. From the bustling markets of Antigua to the ancient ruins of Tikal, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this captivating destination. Whether you're exploring the colorful streets of Guatemala City or relaxing on the shores of Lake Atitlán, a visit to Guatemala is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala is a charming colonial city located in the central highlands of Guatemala. It is known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant cultural scene. Visitors can explore historic churches, ruins, and museums, as well as enjoy delicious local cuisine and shop for unique handicrafts. The city is also surrounded by stunning volcanoes and lush landscapes, making it a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking and zip-lining. A visit to Antigua Guatemala is sure to be a memorable experience filled with beauty, history, and adventure.

Guatemala City

Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala, is a vibrant and bustling metropolis that offers visitors a mix of rich history, cultural attractions, and modern amenities. From exploring the ancient ruins of the Mayan civilization at nearby sites like Tikal, to strolling through the charming streets of the historic city center, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this diverse city. Whether you're interested in shopping for local handicrafts at the bustling markets, sampling delicious traditional cuisine, or simply soaking up the lively atmosphere, Guatemala City has something for everyone. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the unique blend of old-world charm and modern urban energy that makes this city a must-visit destination.

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At Itaca Tours, we offer additional services to elevate your travel experience to the next level. We have partnered with various companies to ensure you have everything yo need for a seamless and enjoyable trip. 

First, you can request a SIM Card through Drimsim, ensuring you have internet and phone service wherever you go. This way, you stay connected with your loved ones and have access to maps, guides, and other essential travel information.

Additionally, thanks of our partner Ekta, we offer travel insurance options for your peace of mind.

Lastly, we have partnered with Radical Storage to provide secure luggage storage services. You can leave your bags in a safe location while you explore new destinations, free from the hassle of carrying your belongings around.

With these services, we aim to make your travel experience as convenient and worry-free as possible.

Tips to travel

Traveling to Guatemala offers a rich cultural experience amidst stunning landscapes and ancient ruins. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip:

Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for your nationality before traveling to Guatemala. Many visitors can enter visa-free for short stays, but it's essential to verify the specific requirements based on your country of origin.

Best Time to Visit: Guatemala has a varied climate, with the dry season (November to April) being the most popular time to visit. During this time, you can enjoy sunny weather and clear skies, making it ideal for outdoor activities and exploring ancient ruins. The wet season (May to October) brings rain showers, but it also brings lush landscapes and fewer tourists.

Currency and Payments: The official currency of Guatemala is the Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ). US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas, but it's recommended to exchange some currency for quetzales for use in local markets and establishments. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and larger stores, but it's always a good idea to carry cash for smaller purchases.

Health Precautions: Make sure to drink bottled or purified water to avoid stomach issues. Apply insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites, as mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and Zika virus can occur. Consider purchasing travel insurance that includes medical coverage before your trip.

Transportation: Getting around in Guatemala can be done through buses, shuttles, taxis, and rental cars. Public buses are an affordable option for traveling between cities, but they may be crowded and less reliable. Shared shuttles are a convenient option for longer distances, especially for traveling to popular tourist destinations. Taxis can be hailed on the street or arranged through your accommodation. If you prefer more flexibility, consider renting a car, but be aware of local driving conditions and traffic laws.

Accommodation: Guatemala offers a range of accommodation options, including budget-friendly hostels, mid-range hotels, and luxury resorts. Consider staying in colonial-style hotels in Antigua Guatemala or eco-lodges near Lake Atitlán for a unique experience. Book accommodations in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Language: Spanish is the official language of Guatemala, but indigenous languages such as Kaqchikel, K'iche', and Mam are also spoken in certain regions. English is not widely spoken outside of tourist areas, so learning a few basic Spanish phrases can be helpful for communicating with locals and enhancing your travel experience.

Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in Guatemalan culture by visiting local markets, trying traditional Guatemalan cuisine, and attending cultural events and festivals. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about Guatemala's rich indigenous heritage by visiting Mayan ruins and indigenous villages.

Safety: Guatemala has areas with a high crime rate, so it's essential to stay informed about safety conditions and avoid traveling to high-risk areas, especially at night. Be cautious with your belongings, avoid displaying valuables, and use reputable transportation services.

Respect Local Customs: Familiarize yourself with Guatemalan customs and etiquette to show respect for the local culture. Greet people with a handshake or a warm "Buenos días" (good morning), and use "por favor" (please) and "gracias" (thank you) when interacting with locals. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites or indigenous communities.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can have a memorable and enriching experience exploring the beauty and culture of Guatemala.

Travel Advisories

The U.S. Department of State has four Travel Advisory Levels: Level 1 - Exercise normal precautions; Level 2 - Exercise increased caution; Level 3 - Reconsider travel; Level 4 - Do not travel

Level 3 - Reconsider travel to Guatemala

Do not travel to:

  • San Marcos Department (except the city of San Marcos) due to crime.
  • Huehuetenango Department (except the city of Huehuetenango) due to crime.
  • Zone 18 and the city of Villa Nueva in Guatemala City due to crime.

Country Summary: Violent crime such as extortion, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, narcotics trafficking and gang activity are common in Guatemala. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to criminal incidents resulting in a low arrest and conviction rate. Guatemala’s National Tourist Assistance Program (PROATUR) provides 24-hour emergency assistance and routine guidance to tourists. PROATUR also provide additional security in locations frequented by tourists. The call center is staffed with Spanish and English speakers and can be reached 24/7 by calling 1500 or +502-2290-2800.

It's advisable to consult your country's official travel advisory website, for the most up-to-date information and specific travel advisories related to this country. Additionally, register your travel plans with your embassy or consulate for assistance in case of emergencies.

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