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July 1, 2022

Visiting Guatemala City in November

I’ll be spending a couple of days in Guatemala City over Thanksgiving. I’d appreciate your tips for a place to stay and things to do. [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord around Guatemala City, Guatemala at 5:24 PM - 5 answers has best

March 16, 2019

Is it safe to travel in Guatemala right now?

I’d really like to see beautiful Guatemala this spring. I noticed, though, that there’s a US travel advisory to “exercise increased caution due to crime” as well as an advisory to “reconsider travel” to certain areas in the country, including Guatemala Department, which includes the airport where I’m landing. I’m wondering if I should reconsider going? [more inside]
posted by lillian.elmtree around Guatemala at 11:31 AM - 7 answers has best

November 21, 2016

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 around Guatemala at 1:18 PM - 6 answers has best

June 28, 2016

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 around Guatemala at 3:34 PM - 11 answers has best

September 17, 2015

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 around Guatemala at 7:27 AM - 11 answers

July 31, 2014

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 around Guatemala at 7:14 AM - 2 answers has best

June 14, 2012

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 around Guatemala at 9:56 AM - 9 answers

April 12, 2012

Taking Spanish lessons in Central America?

What should I know about going to a Spanish school in Guatemala? [more inside]
posted by empath around Guatemala at 6:45 AM - 14 answers

February 8, 2012

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 around Guatemala City, Guatemala at 11:24 AM - 2 answers has best

December 23, 2011

phone from Guatemala

How do I contact by phone travelocity or USAirways from Guatemala? [more inside]
posted by allelopath around Guatemala at 10:11 AM - 3 answers has best

November 9, 2011

Going to Xela

Going to Xela in about a month, tell me what I need to know [more inside]
posted by allelopath around Quetzaltenango, Guatemala at 6:38 AM - 9 answers

June 29, 2011

Ropas en Xela

Looking for a good tailor in Xela, Guatemala. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat around Quezaltenango, Guatemala at 10:13 AM - 1 answer

April 23, 2010

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 around Guatemala at 2:20 PM - 11 answers

March 28, 2010


Travelling to Guatemala (from Mexico) without a passport and Visa. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz around Guatemala at 9:52 AM - 6 answers

February 9, 2010

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 around Quezaltenango, Guatemala at 1:28 PM - 4 answers has best

July 7, 2009

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 around Guatemala at 2:00 PM - 9 answers

May 22, 2008

Where the streets have no name.

Please help me find a map of Santiago Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala! [more inside]
posted by greta simone around Guatemala at 4:51 PM - 10 answers

March 27, 2008

Guatemala, ya'll

Travelfilter: Going to Guatemala for 5 weeks. Need tips. [more inside]
posted by greta simone around Guatemala at 9:15 AM - 6 answers

December 3, 2007

Finding a house in Guatemala

How can I find a house in Guatemala?! [more inside]
posted by sargento29 around Guatemala at 6:35 PM - 3 answers

July 18, 2007

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 around Guatemala at 8:31 AM - 9 answers has best