A backpacking travel guide to Guatemala !
Passplanet is a free practical travel guide that offers the latest backpacking information about
Guatemala : budget accommodation,
itineraries, visa, tips, surveys, photos,… 30 places covered !
town, refreshing lake, volcanoes to climb and large markets...
Highlands with fresh air, wild scenery, traditions and adventures...
the archaeological & jungle treasure and its wild or colorful
wonders, relaxed Garifuna settlement and more delicate stones...
Free as a backpacker !
You will find in this free travel guide lots of tips and
most of the budget info you need to prepare your trip to Guatemala on a shoestring ("before"), live your backpacking adventure in the best conditions ("during") and share your experience with other backpackers ("after") plus a photos gallery, a backpacking forum, surveys on the
localities in Guatemala (backpacker 's ratings), travelogues, an essay in French,
links to other travel guidebook on Guatemala or related budget information etc. All in one convenient stop ! Go for it :
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The original features of this free backpacking travel guide to Guatemala include :
- Budget & practical travel information about chinese localities only.
- Ratings of the localities by the backpackers themselves : more than 40 localities precisely covered in
- What to do there & what you may not like while you backpack Guatemala
- The cheapest budget accommodations (guesthouse or hostel on a shoestring ) for backpackers
- The various transportations' options for easy backpacking
- Travel information on how to save money
- Lots of backpacker's photos in special sections
- A guidebook with frequent updates
But Passplanet will, hopefully, be more than a free backpacking travel guide to Guatemala
& Asia. My ambition is to make it a place where backpackers can freely exchange the latest info from "on the road" of the asian countries and communicate with each others. In the world of backpacking, information indeed changes with the blowing of the winds. But while a guidebook is out of date by the time it reaches the shelves, a web site can be updated daily.
Pass planet will strive to keep the budget information about Guatemala warm !
But to achieve the above, we need your help & support. Passplanet is not supposed to be a single backpacker's journey and travel guide. There are too many trips ahead.
Guatemala, Asia and the world are too vast to be covered by one individual. Let's share !
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The more traffic, the more updated info in the future to backpack Guatemala !
Passplanet is also a place of exchange related to Guatemala. Beside all the forms which allow you to share your budget info about asian countries, experiences about a place, Passplanet also hosts a forum and a links section to other travel guide. You are welcome to submit your own travel web site in the latter and benefit from Passplanet's growing popularity in the world of backpacking on a shoestring.
Together, let's keep Passplanet as free & independent as a backpacker so more and more people can use this free travel guide to backpack
I wish you a good backpacking experience, on the site and around Guatemala !
The Natural Maya World
Description of Guatemala ?
With its colonial past, colorful markets, impressive ruins,
noisy jungles, smoking volcanoes and more than half of its population from
Maya's origin, Guatemala is the natural and cultural reference of the area as
well as the backpacker's favorite.
>> Why go to Guatemala ?
Discover the Maya World : temples, villages, markets,
costumes, music & traditions / Climb volcanoes / Relax by a lake /
Walk the cobbled streets of a colonial town / Study Spanish / Listen to colorful birds
or howler monkeys in Guatemala / Participate to a fiesta / Take it easy in a piece of the
Caribbean / Bargain for souvenirs in Guatemala
>> Drawback of Guatemala
The tourists & students crowd / The safety issues : Guatemala is the
most dangerous country in the area, with a number of horrors stories (often
heard but fortunately rarely experienced) / The usual poverty of the Indians / The need to
bargain real hard for souvenirs / The 'extranjero' special prices and
some cheating on travelers / The combination of dusty roads plus speedy vehicles
>> Cultural Highlights
of Guatemala ?
The impressive Maya temples of Tikal, set in a
luxurious jungle / The other sets of temples : Quirigua, Ceibal, etc. / The
charming colonial city of Antigua / The other pieces of colonial architectures
usually around the towns' plaza / The facade of a painted church / Any good
Spanish school / Any colorful market / Watching a religious procession or
celebration, the best being during Santa Semana in Guatemala
>> Natural Highlights
Spotting birds flying over the canopy or
a wild animal leaving a temple at Tikal / Boating or walking peaceful Lake
Atitlan / Climbing any of the 33 volcanoes, although active Pacaya in Guatemala is a favorite
/ Trekking any of the 44 legally protected areas (an additional 60 natural reserves are in
consideration) / The mountainous scenery of the Central Highlands / Swimming in
Semuc Champney, near Lanquin, a series of pools and waterfalls / Relaxing by the
hot waterfall near El Estor / Visiting a coffee plantation in Guatemala
>> How long in Guatemala
There are a lot of things to see & experience
so less than three weeks would be a pity. Five to seven weeks would be better
to have a good tour and meet the people.
>> Budget for Guatemala ?
Guatemala is the cheapest country in the area. Around $8 per day
avoiding any luxury (incl. beer).
>> Visa for Guatemala
? Not necessary. 90 days on arrival for most
westerners to Guatemala
>> When to go to
The "land of eternal spring" can be
visited year-round. Half
a million tourists are showing up in Antigua for Santa Semana (Eastern) but
prices in most places aren't affected by the high season in Guatemala
- Central America - Guatemala - Honduras - Nicaragua - Costa Rica - Panama
a backpacking travel guide to Guatemala !