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Guatemala is a highly underrated travel destination and one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited. So why visit Guatemala? This country is breathtakingly beautiful—you’ll find everything from historic colonial architecture to active volcanoes and remote swimming holes! The prices are also a fraction of what you’d pay in other destinations, making it a very affordable place to visit. I’m so excited to share this travel guide with you all based on my recent Guatemala trip.
The currency in Guatemala is the Guatemalan quetzal. The current exchange rate is about 7.5 to 1 US dollar. You will get a better exchange rate in Antigua vs. the airport in Guatemala City. Pro-tip, almost anywhere you go, rates will be less favorable in the airport. Here are some typical prices for transportation for 1-2 people by car:
We stopped in Antigua on the way to Lake Atitlan. It is a unique historic city that sits in a valley surrounded by three volcanoes. You’ll find beautiful colonial architecture, landmark buildings, cobblestone streets, and ruins. The town itself is relatively small; the population is less than 50,000, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to see and do.
Lake Atitlan is a large lake that was created by a volcanic eruption that left a vast crater. It is located in the Southwest highlands of Guatemala.
I’m also linking a list of 12 of the top towns to visit on Lake Atitlan with more details on each town here. We visited Santiago on our last day and saw amazing views here. So even though it isn’t as tourist-focused, there’s impressive history there. Although this area has a history of violence during the Maya struggle, there is almost no violence today.
Cash is necessary when traveling around Lake Atitlan. The average pricing for boats is usually Q20-25 along the route to San Pedro and a little more expensive to go to Santiago at Q30-35. Locals are charged less, and if you speak Spanish, you can sometimes pay a little bit less, but it’s not really worth haggling over.