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Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. A representative democracy, its capital is Guatemala City. It has fascinating and extensive Mayan ruins. It's importance stretches back to 800BC with recently discovered pre-Colombian ruins that were unexpectedly large. El Mirador was by far the most ...Show More


On Your Guatemala Tour

Passport Requirements for Guatemala Tours

American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Guatemala.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for Guatemala Tours

Both Canadian and American citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. This may be different for citizens of other countries. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Guatemala for the most up- to-date information.

For more visa information please visit:

America: www.travisa.com

Canada: www.travisa.ca

Insurance Recommendations for Guatemala Tours

Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread, and insurance can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies as well as lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill.

Vaccination Requirements for Guatemala Tours

No vaccinations are currently required to enter Guatemala, although it is strongly recommended to vaccinate against Malaria and Yellow Fever if visiting rural areas.

It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Malaria
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid

For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:

World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.

Medication Requirements for Guatemala Tours

If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

Other recommended Items:

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, sunglasses
  • Insect repellent with a high concentration of DEET (at least 30 percent)
  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol. Also, re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness

Weather, Seasons and Climate in Guatemala

During the days, temperatures in Guatemala are generally very pleasant. The morning and nights can be cool, especially from December to February, but the days are quite sunny. March and April are the hottest and driest months, while the rainy season lasts from July to October. Climates will also vary depending on what part of the country you are in, and the altitude of the region.

For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.

Clothing and Essential Items for Guatemala Travel

Suggested items to pack:

  • Quick-drying shirts, shorts and hiking trousers (zip-off trousers are highly recommended)
  • Waterproof windbreaker, long trousers & long-sleeved tops for the rainforest
  • Bathing suit and small towel
  • Comfortable clothes for hanging out in the evenings
  • A good set of earplugs (dogs, monkeys, buses, neighbors, etc.) can be invaluable!
  • Flashlight/Torch, Watch/Alarm clock
  • Plastic bags, good for keeping valuables dry in the rainy season
  • Binoculars if you are interested in the local wildlife—especially birds
  • Hiking poles if you will be doing a lot of hiking
  • Small umbrella if visiting during the rainy season

Photographers: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery, charger and dust-resistant case.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in Guatemala

Electricity: Electricity in Guatemala is provided at 110V/60Hz, using 2 pronged flat American style outlets. If you are using a Canadian or American appliance, an adapter is not needed.

Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company if there are roaming agreements before your departure.

Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels with good connections and speed.

Currency in Guatemala

The official currency of Guatemala is the Quetzal (GTQ), which comes in denominations of Q1, Q5, Q10, Q20, Q50, Q100, Q200, and 50 Centavo notes. Coins come in denominations of 1, 50, 10, 25, and 50 Centavos and Q1. Due to its proximity to the United States, the US Dollar is also accepted throughout the country. ATMs are available in most cities but it is still best to carry alternative forms of payment as not all accept international cards.

For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com. 

Quick Facts for a Guatemala Tour

Capital: Guatemala City

Language: Spanish and Amerindian languages

Currency: Quetzal and US Dollar

Religion: Roman Catholic

Time Zone: UTC -6

Electricity: 115-230V/60Hz

Telephone: Country code for calling is +502

Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number

Emergency numbers in Guatemala: Police: 110 or 120, Medical and Fire: 122, 123, or 1554

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