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Practical information about our Guatemala

Practical information about our Guatemala

Practical information about our Guatemala

1. Climate

Guatemala has a warm, tropical climate, although it is more temperate in the highlands.

Weather statistics for Panajachel:

Day temp. 22 23 25 25 25 24 23 24 23 22 23 22
Night temp. 12 12 13 15 16 16 16 16 16 15 14 13
Precipitation, mm 0 0 6 12 45 72 87 57 105 48 9 3
JAN 22 12 0
FEB 23 12 0
MAR 25 13 6
APR 25 15 12
MAY 25 16 45
JUN 24 16 72
JUL 23 16 87
AUG 24 16 57
SEP 23 16 105
OCT 22 15 48
NOV 23 14 9
DEC 22 13 3

Weather statistics for Flores (Northern Guatemala):

Day temp. 26 26 29 31 32 31 31 31 30 28 27 26
Night temp. 17 18 18 20 21 22 22 22 22 21 19 19
Precipitation, mm 21 12 15 9 45 87 93 66 69 60 36 18
JAN 26 17 21
FEB 26 18 12
MAR 29 18 15
APR 31 20 9
MAY 32 21 45
JUN 31 22 87
JUL 31 22 93
AUG 31 22 66
SEP 30 22 69
OCT 28 21 60
NOV 27 19 36
DEC 26 19 18
2. Form of travel

Excursions and transfers are conducted in small, international groups led by English-speaking guides.

3. When is it best to travel to Guatemala?

Guatemala is known as ‘the land of eternal spring’ as the temperature is always pleasant. However, it is best to visit Guatemala during the European winter, i.e. in the period October–April. The Guatemalan rainy season lasts from May until October, and during this period you may experience tropical rainstorms: pouring rain in the afternoon, usually lasting for an hour or so, stopping as abruptly as it starts and giving way to clear skies and bright sunshine. However, the differences in temperature between the two seasons are not as pronounced as in other countries.

4. Terms & Conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from llamatours.co.uk. Click here to read our terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

5. Travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

6. Language

Spanish is the language spoken in Guatemala, but the people are very helpful and love the chance to use the English words they know. In more rural regions, however, English speakers may be few and far between, which is why we use bilingual (English/Spanish) guides. It is a good idea to end questions and queries with the words ‘por favor’, which mean ‘please’. Another good word to know is ‘gracias’ – which means ‘thank you’ and is sure to prove useful in many situations.

7. Vaccinations

We always advise that you contact a specialist, your GP or an authorized vaccination clinic. You can also read more about the rules for travel & vaccinations at the central NHS Fit for Travel website: here

Please be aware of the rules about yellow fever – especially if you are entering via another South or Central American country where yellow fever is present.

Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. So be sure to bring your vaccination certificate with you in these cases.

8. Visa

UK citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days, although in the same way as for other international travel, you must be in possession of a valid passport. The requirements on the validity of the passport may vary, but as a rule of thumb your passport must be valid for at least six months after you return home.

The rules on visas can be checked on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

Of course, you are also welcome to ask us.

9. Currency

The unit of currency in Guatemala is called the quetzal. Go to www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ to view the currently applicable exchange rate. We recommend that you bring some US dollars with you in cash, and then exchange these for local currency at an official bureau de change. There are cashpoint machines (ATMs) almost everywhere. You can also use most common credit cards at hotels and in many shops and restaurants. Once again, however, the farther out into the country you travel, the harder it may be to use your credit card.

10. Price level

Prices are typically lower in Guatemala than in the UK and many other European countries. It is usually cheaper to eat out, although you can naturally find drinks and meals in all price classes. Prices are generally also lower outside the large towns and cities. You can normally enjoy a good meal for around EUR 10–15.

11. Tipping

In Guatemala, it is customary to tip guides, waiters and other service personnel. Tipping is, of course, voluntary, and it’s completely up to you how much you want to give. Have some small notes or coins ready in case you would like to tip someone, and give it to them in person.
As a rule of thumb, you can reckon on the following:

  • Guides: 40-50 quetzales PP per excursion
  • Drivers: 30-40 quetzales PP per excursion
  • Maids: 4 quetzales PRPN
  • Hotel porters: 2 quetzales per suitcase
  • Restaurants and bars: 10–15% of the bill

At bars and restaurants, tips may sometimes be included in the bill. If they are not, it is customary to leave the tip on the table after paying the bill. The bill may sometimes also include a surcharge for extra services such as “cover” (“cubierto”) or live music. In some places, “IVA” may also appear on the bill. This is not a tip but VAT.

12. Time difference

The difference between Central European Time (CET) and the time in Guatemala varies, depending on whether Europe is on summer or winter time.
Summer time: – 8 hours. This means that when it is noon CET, it is 04.00 in Guatemala.
Winter time: – 7 hours, when Guatemala is on daylight saving time.

13. Electricity

Mains electricity in Guatemala is 110 V. The plugs have ‘flat’ pins, so you will probably need to bring a travel adapter with you.

14. Telephone and Internet

The international dialling code for Guatemala is +502. It can be expensive to call Europe from Guatemala. Ask your own mobile service provider about coverage and call charges.
There are internet cafés in most large towns and cities, although the connection may not be as fast as you are used to in Europe.

15. Safety

Whenever you travel to a poor country anywhere in the world, it is important to be discreet. It is not a good idea to flaunt your valuables or to leave them unattended. We work exclusively with properly trained, experienced and certified guides, who can always provide you with good advice about safety, and know precisely where it is safe for you to walk/visit. If you follow your guide’s instructions you should always be able to stay out of trouble. As a rule of thumb, take especial care in big cities.

16. Food and drink

Guatemala is home to a wide range of restaurants, serving cuisine from a great many countries and cultures. You can find everything from Chinese to Mexican food here, but there are, of course, some local specialities – tortillas and tacos, for example. The most tasty are the ones filled with grilled meat, beans and rice. To wash them down, it is common to drink beer, rum or Quetzalteca – the local spirit.

17. Public holidays

It is always special to experience the traditions and celebrations of other countries. Below is a list of public holidays, important festivals and other special occasions.

Please note that some museums and attractions may be closed on these days.

18. Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport. If you find any mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

19. Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

20. Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

The airline will assign you a seat on board the aircraft upon check-in. If you have specific wishes, you can make a seat reservation via the airline’s website. Most airlines have an area on their website named “manage my booking” or similar. Please note that most airlines require payment for a seat reservation, so it’s a good idea to have your payment card ready when starting a seat reservation. Airline seat reservations vary from company to company, but as a general rule, you can book seats from around 48 hours before departure.

Many airlines also offer upgrades with extra legroom or comfort seating, such as Economy Comfort with KLM and Premium Voyageur with Air France. You can check these details through the airline’s own website, along with payment information.

Please kindly note that airlines have full access to all seats on the aircraft and therefore always reserve the right to alter a reservation.

If you do not make a seat reservation before departure, the airline will issues your seating upon check-in at the airport.

21. Your luggage

We work with many different airlines to Guatemala, so there may be variations in the amount of luggage you are allowed to bring with you as both checked luggage and hand luggage. Check the information about this on your airline ticket, and contact us if you have any questions.

You should also make sure you carry all your important and indispensable things in your hand luggage. This applies to items such as passports, visas, airline tickets, insurance documents, credit cards, money and cameras, as well as information about your health and vital medicines.

You may find yourself sitting in a draught from the air conditioning in the plane, so make sure to pack a warm jumper or jacket in your hand luggage.

22. Transfers to and from airports

On arrival at the different airports in Guatemala, you will be met by our local representative who will be waiting for you in the arrival hall with a sign bearing your name. You will naturally also be driven to the airport on departure. When you arrive in Guatemala, you will be given a set of vouchers stating the pick-up times for the different events and excursions.

23. Travellers with reduced mobillity

Please note, our tours are generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for information about the possibilities according any specific needs.

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