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Leaving valuables in a hostel while climbing a volcano?

Some companions and I will be climbing Acatenango near Antigua, Guatemala in January and our hostel (El Hostel) has lockers we can rent while overnighting on the volcano. What should we leave behind to lighten our loads and keep safe? [more inside]
posted by buttermilkmeeks on Nov 21, 2016 - 6 answers

From A to B to Xe(la)

I am departing this Friday (three days!) for a three week trip to Guatemala, the first two weeks of which will be spent at Escuela Montana. Hooray! Then my dad got involved. Uh-oh! Many, many cautionary e-mails later, I am considering hiding under the bed for three weeks and just telling people I went to Guatemala. Esperanzame, Mefites! [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Jun 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Short trip to Guatemala: Tikal or Lake Atitlan? Or both?

Hi! I am traveling to Guatemala City for work and will have three (well, maybe 2.75) days to myself. I definitely want to visit Antigua. I'm worried that cramming in expeditions to Lake Atitlan AND Tikal on the other two days will keep me busier than I'd like to be...but I also don't want to regret not seeing such amazing places. (I have bad travel FOMO.) [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Sep 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Phone in Guatemala?

I'm going to Guatamala for a few weeks, in two weeks! I'll be at language school in Xela. For various reasons, I'd very much like to have a cell phone with podcast-playing capability while I'm there; I also use a meditation podcast when I fly and would very much like to have that available to me while I'm getting there and leaving. How should I go about making this happen? I currently have an iPhone with Verizon within the US, would be fine getting something new for the few weeks I'm there. Money is not limitless, but this is a pretty big deal for me so I can be flexible.
posted by c'mon sea legs on May 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Overlanding from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires: tips or recommendations?

In August, my best friend and I (both 20-something guys) begin a 5 month adventure across the Americas. We started to research the trip last September, and have basically scoured the internet since then. Instagram has proved to be a great source to connect with the overlanding community and there's a couple of good blogs out there of people currently doing the trip. Still, we'd still really appreciate if the askmefi community could weigh in. As I start to put together a detailed itinerary I'm beginning to feel overwhelmed by all the details and possibilities. Where to go? What to plan? How much to budget? And, just generally, what level of detail should I plan to? Normally I'd come up with a broad plan in a few days and then wing it but given the dangers, sheer size of this adventure, and the amount of unforgettable places to see I want to really plan it. UNESCO sites, nature, must-see towns and villages... Can anybody help us? [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool on Apr 27, 2015 - 11 answers

Spanish language school for a duo of new travelers

A friend and I are hoping to find a Spanish language school where we can go for 1-3 weeks, late May-June, somewhere in Latin America. We've been considering going to Guatemala, but hear very mixed things about safety from various anecdotal sources. We're both relatively inexperienced female international travelers and don't really know how to assess what's actually safe for us. Questions: 1) Should we go to Guatemala for this ? 2) If not, where should we go? If so, where should we go? I know there have been questions on this, but it seems things may have changed in recent years. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Apr 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Did Guatemala really ban the Magnificat in the 1980s?

In doing research on the Magnificat (Mary's Song in Luke 1 in the New Testament), I keep running across references to the public recitation of the Magnificat having been banned in Guatemala in the 1980s. This smells like a legend to me, but I'd like to know for sure. Is there any truth to this idea? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Dec 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Going to Guatemala

In the fall I'm going to Guatemala for about 10 days. I plan on spending 5 days in Antigua and 5 days at Lake Atitlan. I think I have my lodging settled in San Marcos La Laguna, and I'm hoping you'll have recommendations for a clean, reasonably quiet inn/posada/BandB in a lively and safe but not too rambunctious neighborhood in Antigua. [more inside]
posted by Pineapplicious on Jul 31, 2014 - 2 answers

Help with potential scam

Sketchy, potentially scammy situation with my brother traveling in Guatemala and requesting my phone info to transfer money over Paypal. What to do? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Apr 17, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me plan my backpacking trip, real-time!

I'm currently in Guatemala with a friend, and we have another ten weeks until our flight home from Panama City. How should we divide the rest of our time? Which countries should we visit? Specific considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by alona on Feb 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me by a Christmas present for my host family in Guatemala.

Help me buy a Christmas present for my host family in Guatemala. [more inside]
posted by empath on Nov 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Central American school marching bands?

Private school drum-focused marching bands in central America-- what kind of music is that? Where can I read more about it? Where can I find examples online? [more inside]
posted by empath on Aug 30, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I get out of Guatemala city after I land?

I'm landing in Guatemala city at around 1:30 pm. I've been told I want to get out of the city to Xela or lake atitlan or Antigua as quickly as possible. Once I land at the airport, how do I find a bus to my destination and where should I go first? (I'm staying for a few weeks, so I'm on no set schedule) [more inside]
posted by empath on Jun 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Taking Spanish lessons in Central America?

What should I know about going to a Spanish school in Guatemala? [more inside]
posted by empath on Apr 12, 2012 - 14 answers

What to do in Guatemala City for 8 hours?

I have an 8 hour layover in Guatemala! What can I do, see and eat in that time? [more inside]
posted by blue rare on Feb 8, 2012 - 2 answers

phone from Guatemala

How do I contact by phone travelocity or USAirways from Guatemala? [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Dec 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Will we have trouble bringing camera equipment to Central America?

I'm trying to find out whether we're going to have trouble bringing still and video camera equipment into Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, and my Google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Dec 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Growing Arabica in the mountains really necessary?

Was the notion in the 1980s that "mountain grown" coffee was a way to sell deforestation-causing coffee B.S.? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Nov 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Going to Xela

Going to Xela in about a month, tell me what I need to know [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Nov 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Ropas en Xela

Looking for a good tailor in Xela, Guatemala. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Jun 29, 2011 - 1 answer

Lake or Ruins or Something Else

Need advice for a fast and furious trip to Guatemala [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Dec 20, 2010 - 7 answers

News on pacaya damage/spanish translation?

Has anyone got information on the extent of the problems caused by volcano Pacaya in Guatemala erupting today ASAP, or would someone be prepared to look for articles on Spanish sites? I have friends there I can't get through to.
posted by Not Supplied on May 28, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I make the most of language immersion and the experience of spending a month in Guatemala?

What can I do (before, during and after I go) to make the most out of a month of language classes and immersion? And what else should I know about traveling alone for the first time and/or about Xela, Guatemala to help me enjoy my time there? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on May 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Q about ADHD meds during a long stay in Guatemala.

Here in the US, I'm prescribed Adderall for ADHD. This summer, I'll be spending 2+ months doing a mentally taxing project in rural Guatemala. Help me figure out how to make this work. Bonus points for any first-hand knowledge about ADHD treatment in Guatemala — legal aspects, practical aspects, whatever — or for any good sources to consult on the subject. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Apr 23, 2010 - 11 answers


Travelling to Guatemala (from Mexico) without a passport and Visa. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Mar 28, 2010 - 6 answers

How can she get legal U.S. resident status?

[immigration filter] How can someone who has overstayed her Visa gain legal status in the United States? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Feb 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Where should I spend my month of studying Spanish and volunteering-- Xela, Guatemala or somewhere else?

I'm hoping to spend a month somewhere in Latin America volunteering and studying Spanish-- where should I go? I'm leaning towards Xela, Guatemala, but open to other possibilities. Have you been to Xela and what do you think of it? Should I be worried about safety in Guatemala? Do you know a great social/economic justice-focused organization I could volunteer with elsewhere in Latin America? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Feb 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Pls help me get the Ubuntu netbook remix installer in Antigua de Guatemala

Is there someone near Antigua de Guatemala than can help me get the Ubuntu netbook remix installer on a USB drive? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jan 2, 2010 - 12 answers

Fundraising ideas?

Do you have good fundraising ideas for a high school junior? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Nov 9, 2009 - 16 answers

Central America

Backpacking from Mexico to Colombia! More inside [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Sep 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Headed to Guatemala. What should I read?

I leave for a week in Guatemala later this month. I have a pretty good handle on what to do/see and where to stay/eat, but I'm wondering what I should read. [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Aug 2, 2009 - 7 answers

ISO waterproof luggage

Looking for a set of waterproof luggage, suitable for Central America, but not a backpack. Help? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova on Jul 17, 2009 - 7 answers

What do you mean you're not having a wedding?

What are the requirements for my fiance and I (both US citizens) to get married in Guatemala? [more inside]
posted by jshort on Jul 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Buying a cell phone abroad & using it in other countries later

If I buy a cheap, pay-as-you-go cell phone in Guatemala to use while I'm traveling there, can I then use it in other countries I visit later - and which ones? Is it as simple as replacing a SIM card every time? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Where the streets have no name.

Please help me find a map of Santiago Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala! [more inside]
posted by greta simone on May 22, 2008 - 10 answers

Volunteer or Grad School?

How much will dropping off the face of the earth for a year impact my getting into grad school? [more inside]
posted by bobdylanforever on May 8, 2008 - 14 answers

I need to brush up on my Spanish.

I need recommendations for the best Spanish review/dictionary. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 21, 2008 - 4 answers

Central America chili-off

So Taksi Putra has challenged me to a 'chili-off' in Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize) this summer. What should we eat and where? Higher on the Scoville the better. Anything east of Baja is fair game. If it sounds tasty and is super-hot, we'll hunt it down. [more inside]
posted by harhailla.harhaluuossa on Apr 15, 2008 - 5 answers

Guatemala, ya'll

Travelfilter: Going to Guatemala for 5 weeks. Need tips. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 27, 2008 - 6 answers

What's that Smell Filter: Why can't most third world countries' septic systems handle toilet paper?

I was recently in Guatemala and I know that there and in most of Central America and many other third world countries you can't flush toilet paper because their septic systems can't handle it. What's the difference between our (More Developed Countries) septic systems and theirs (Less Developed Countries) that ours can handle it? Is it a matter of water flow, sanitation processes, etc?
posted by bobdylanforever on Feb 8, 2008 - 10 answers

Finding a house in Guatemala

How can I find a house in Guatemala?! [more inside]
posted by sargento29 on Dec 3, 2007 - 3 answers

Rain, rain, stay out of guatemala??

I need/want to go on an interesting & adventurous vacation at the end of august, and I'd gotten myself all excited about the possiblity of backpacking around Guatemala for two weeks. But.... it appears that its the rainy season. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Jul 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Experience with Casa Guatemala?

Anyone have experience volunteering with Casa Guatemala? [more inside]
posted by night kitchen on Mar 17, 2007 - 3 answers

What to do in Guatemala for 10 days?

What to do in Guatemala for 10 days? I'm flying to Guatemala City, Guatemala tomorrow for a ten-day vacation. This will be my first real international trip, as well as my first solo trip. What destinations/experiences/attractions can't be missed? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Mar 7, 2007 - 9 answers

Hasta la vista, winter (for a while)

Travel: Our brief "escape the chill" winter trip to Guatemala is impending. Recommendations on sites? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Feb 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Guatemalan black beans

How do I make Guatemalan style black beans? Just plain old black beans. [more inside]
posted by bluejayk on Nov 27, 2006 - 19 answers

Broadband in Antigua, Guatemala?

Broadband in Antigua, Guatemala? Any expertise on getting a reliable fast or broadband connection in Antigua, Guatemala would be appreciated. A friend needs to telecommute for several months. I have a gmail account if you want to reply directly. Checking it only every other day or so. thanks.
posted by theora55 on Jun 23, 2006 - 3 answers

An ingenious game of chance in which the deluded player thinks he’s beating the house.

Travel[+Insurance]Filter. I have medical (50% cost) + Emergency Repatriation coverage for a 10 week trip to Central America. Should I have anything else? If so, where can I get such a custom policy? Any last minute advice on destinations as well? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jun 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Guatemala travel advice?

In a few days I'm headed to Guatemala for a month followed by several weeks in southern Mexico. Offer some travel suggestions please! Also, as I'll be traveling by myself, suggestions on how to be more outgoing in a language I'm not confident with welcome. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover on Jun 27, 2005 - 3 answers

Guatemala Travel

My wife and I are planning a vacation to Antigua, Guatemala in April. Any tips on things to do or see, places to stay, etc? [more inside]
posted by alball on Mar 4, 2005 - 8 answers

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