Guatemala Practical Information

Guatemala Practical Information

Visa Requirements

Visas and tourist cards are not required by citizens of most countries for stays of up to 30 days. Please check with the embassy for up-to-date information.

Vaccination and Protection

You should consult your doctor in advance for up-to-date advice and remember to plan your immunisations well ahead of your departure.


Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone who participates in a Pioneer expedition. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy and contact numbers to give to your expedition leader in case of illness or accident.

Personal Expenses

The expedition price includes all accommodation, activities, transfers, transportation, expedition leader(s), local English speaking guides, and breakfast, lunch and dinner where stipulated on the itinerary. Not included are visa/immigration fees (if applicable) international flights, meals not specified on the itinerary, drinks, optional excursions, tips and personal expenses. US dollars and Quetzels are both legal tender in Guatemala. US$ are also widely accepted along with the Belize dollar in Belize. The best way to get money, other than bringing it with you in small US bills is to use the ATM machines in the airport, Guatemala City, Antigua, Panajachel or Chichicastenango, and Flores, Peten as they spit out Quetzals, give the best rate and are open 24 hours a day. Just make sure you have an ATM card that is accepted widely-Cirrus, plus, etc. We strongly advise you to exchange any local currencies before leaving Guatemala and Belize. Travellers’ cheques in US$ are accepted by banks and large hotels.


Below is a guideline for tipping (not compulsory) Hotel staff (maids etc.) is $2 per room, per night ; Waiters 10% of the bill Drivers would be anywhere from $2-$ per trip, depending on distance, amount of luggage handling, special services provided, etc ; Guide $5 pp/day

Guatemala Weather

It mainly depends on the region as to when the best visiting time is, but there is never a bad time to make the trip. But there is a rainy season- as well as a high humidity, which some choose to avoid in the north and east. It falls on November and December and elsewhere from mid-May to October. April is the warmest month in Guatemala – with average high temperatures at 26°C and average low temperatures at 16°C. The best and most popular time to visit are December to April with the dry season and to the latter the hottest months.


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