Guatemala

SUMMARY

I had a very rainy day in Guatemala that was spent in my hotel and a mall. Everyone I met was very friendly, and it was a very interesting country to drive through. There is not much sightseeing to be had in the city, but it is a beautiful country.

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Country #16 - Guatemala

MUST SEE

Maya ruins - there are many throughout the country

Volcanos - once again, there are many in Guatemala (I could see one from my hotel room window in Guatemala City)

Churches - there are beautiful ones throughout the country

CURRENCY

The official currency is the Guatemalan quetzal. I used my credit cards in the airport everywhere.

local TRANSPORTATION

Taxis are pretty much your only option. The hotel that I stayed at had a free shuttle.

International Transportation

FOOD

I was very limited in my options, but I was able to get some churros and chocolate which is one of the best deserts out there!

PLUGS / ADAPTERS

Guatemala uses standard U.S. plugs - no adaptor needed!

VISA REQUIREMENTS

None for U.S. citizens. 

I flew Volaris from Mexico City (MEX) to Guatemala City (GUA). I flew TAG Airlines from Guatemala City (GUA) to San Pedro Sula (SAP).

HOTEL

I did not have a sponsored hotel in Guatemala.

SAFETY

I felt safe in the hotel but otherwise I did not feel safe venturing out alone. As is the case in many Central American countries, the cities are much more dangerous than the country as a whole. 

SHOULD YOU VISIT?

If you plan on visiting the countryside as opposed to the city, then yes! There is a lot to see in Guatemala from Mayan ruins to Volcanoes. I would like to visit again and avoid major cities to see these sights. Everyone that I met was very nice and helpful and even though Guatemala City did not feel like the safest place and I definitely stuck out as a tourist, I would like to see the rest of the country.

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