Guatemala, verdant land of lush rainforests, spectacular volcanoes and awe inspiring Mayan sites definitely worth a visit. Average daily cost per person: 274 Guatemalan Quetzal or £29 ($36).
Past travelers have spent, in average £8 ($11) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Chicken pepián (spicy stew), Pupusas (filled corn tortillas), Kak’ik (turkey soup), Empenadas and Rellenitos (Guatemalan donuts).
Most hostels have dorm beds starting around £6. The cost of a private rooms in hostels usually starts at £20. Budget hotels will cost you around £25 per night for a double bed. Airbnb options are available in the larger cities, with shared accommodation starting around £8 per night. For an entire home or apartment, expect to pay at least £20 per night. Homestay is possible in the country but options are very limited.
Travelling around the country can be very cheap if you take Las camionetas (or “chicken buses”) which are old school buses and the most inexpensive way to get around Guatemala.
– Visit the ancient Mayan city of Tikal – The ruins are located in the massive park of Tikal, and it will take you the whole day to visit so the £20 entry cost is well-worth.
– Explore Lake Atitlán – You’ll probably spend a little money travelling here, but the sight really does worth it. It’s a beautiful lake located in a volcanic area.
– Swim in the stepped turquoise pools of Semuc Champey – These natural pools are so clear you can see through the water. It’s a beautiful park you can visit for a £6 entrance fee.
– Admire the architecture of the old city of Antigua – Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasting awe-inspiring architecture, absorbing culture and impressive views.