Traveling in Guatemala on a Budget
Is it possible to travel in Guatemala on a budget? Learn how much it cost me to backpack in Guatemala — along with my favorite tips highlights.
The first thing I want to say is that Guatemala is a very eclectic country. One moment you can be high up in cold mountains, and in the other you can be on a hot Caribbean beach. It is a beautiful country, and a dirty country. You can find pristine jungle forests as well as rivers filled with trash. Guatemala’s people speak over 23 different languages too!
I was planning on only spending a month here, but Guatemala’s magic sucked me in and I stayed for two. I’m not the only one to experience this magnetic attraction either, I heard from many travelers who had done similar things. Some people never even left…
People in Guatemala are a friendly bunch, but you have to make an effort to woo them. Initially you might receive an unfriendly stare, but as soon as you beam a warm smile and say “buenas!” their eyes will light up and you’re bound to make a new friend.
Safety in Guatemala was never much of an issue for me. The only time I felt on edge a bit was in the capital of Guatemala City. But even then, I spent 5 days in the city driving around with friends and even walking the streets after dark. Knowledge is power. Knowing where it is safe, and where it isn’t, is all you need to have a great time.
Guatemala Travel Costs:
Guatemala travel budgets can vary greatly. Here is a breakdown of how much money I spent over 2 months of travel there.
- Food Drink: $575 US (groceries, restaurants, water, alcohol)
- Accommodation: $406 US (hostels, hotels, camping fees)
- Transportation: $126 US (buses, taxis, boats)
- Activities: $379 US (entrance fees, rentals, classes, tours, etc.)
- Miscellaneous: $120 US (laundry, sundries, souvenirs, visas, etc.)
TOTAL DAYS = 62
TOTAL SPENT = $1606 US
DAILY AVERAGE = $26 US
Budget Notes: These figures include 3 weeks of Spanish language school. Staying in dorms at backpacking hostels and traveling by chicken bus and collectivos saved me a lot of money. So did cooking a majority of my own meals.