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Travel Tips

Before you go 


U.S. citizens will need a passport with at least six months’ validity after your arrival for travel to Guatemala. Residents of other countries will also need ticket documents for onward or return travel.


No vaccinations are required to entry into Guatemala, though it’s a good idea to be up to date on rabies, typhoid, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), yellow fever, and tetanus shots. A hepatitis vaccine is now widely available and is probably also a good idea.


A 10% tip is expected at restaurants and automatically added to your bill in places like Antigua. In small comedors (basic, cheap eateries) tipping is optional, but follow the local practice of leaving some spare change. Tour guides are generally tipped, around 10%, especially on longer trips.


Most travelers going to Guatemala fly in to Guatemala City’s modern La Aurora International Airport, with several daily flights from numerous U.S. gateways. Mundo Maya International Airport serves the northern department of Petén and the ruins of Tikal.

* Moon Guide Guatemala


What to Take

Guatemala’s hugevariety of ecosystems also means you might find yourself changing clothes more often than a Milan runway model. It’s a good idea to dress in layers. Pack a good assortment of short-sleeved T-shirts, sweaters and/or fleece, shorts, and pants. Synthetic fabrics that are quick-drying can wick away moisture during strenuous hikes in the backcountry.Lightweight travel pants are best for trips to jungle areas where mosquitoes are a concern. Where mosquitoes are rampant, stick to light-colored and lightweight shirts with long sleeves you can roll up.Pack a light rain jacket and at least a sweater or two. Also pack sunscreen, bug spray, and a wide-brimmed hat or ball cap.Footwear is extremely important. For serious jungle hiking, bring high, military-style boots that will protect against mud and snakes.

* Moon Guide Guatemala

Travel Check List 

  • Take the address and phone number of your country's embassy or consulate with you.
  • Make any restaurant or travel reservations that need to be booked in advance prior to leaving home.
  • Did you find out your daily ATM withdrawal limit? Do you know your credit card PINs? Did you check with your bank to see if your credit or debit card will work in Guatemala? While many of Guatemala's ATMs will work fine with five- and six-digit PINs, some will only accept four-digit PINs. Before traveling, it's wise to change your PIN to avoid any unexpected hassles in getting cash.
  • If you purchased traveler's checks, record the check numbers and store the documentation separately from the checks.
  • Have a safe, accessible place to store money.
  • Bring emergency drug prescriptions and extra glasses and/or contact lenses.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with someone at home

* Frommers Guide Guatemala