Nick Stilwell and Gaby Ward

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

  1. What's the weather like in March? 
    Guatemala is known for its eternal tropical spring weather. Expect mid to high 70's with some humidity during the day, and cooler temperatures in the evening.
     

  2. Do I need to know Spanish? 
    Antigua is a main travel destination for tourists so in general you can get around fine speaking English.  It can be helpful to know a few common phrases in Spanish.
     

  3. Is the water safe to drink? 
    The tap water is not safe for drinking. All hotels & restaurants will offer bottled or filtered water for drinking.  It is also recommended to use the bottled water in the hotels for brushing your teeth.  No need to hold your breath while you shower, you should be fine.
     

  4. What's the Guatemalan currency and exchange rate?  How should I pay for things during my trip?  
    The Quetzal (GTQ) is Guatemala's currency which is an exchange rate of about 7.5 to 1 U.S. Dollar (75 GTQ = $10).  All hotels and major restaurants accept credit cards, we recommend making sure you have a credit card with no foreign transaction fees.  All street and market vendors accept cash only.  We recommend exchanging or withdrawing cash at any banks or hotel ATMs in Antigua.
     

  5. Any tips for buying from the street vendors? 
    Most purchases outside of restaurants, hotels, and major businesses in Guatemala are negotiable.  Keep in mind that the street vendors selling handmade items in Guatemala are earning their living, but you can almost always negotiate below the initial asking price.  Keep the conversion rate in mind so you don't get scammed.
     

  6. Do I need to bring plug adapters for electronics? 
    You do not, Guatemala uses the same outlets as the U.S.
     

  7. Do I need to tip at restaurants? 
    Tip, or "propina" is usually 10% and included in your final bill at restaurants.
     

  8. What's the bug situation?  I heard you say tropical.  
    As with any tropical climate, there are bugs and mosquitos to be aware of.  We recommend daily use of bug spray to limit exposure.
     

  9. Should I be worried about Zika? 
    There have been some instances of Zika in Central America, but in general you should be safe where we will be traveling.  It is recommended to use bug spray as a precaution.  If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, please consult a doctor or read up on travel precautions.
     

  10. What are the passport requirements?  
    Guatemala requires a passport with at least 6 months validity.  This means your passport must be valid for 6 months after your trip.
     

  11. I have some other questions.  
    Please email us at NickandGaby2019@gmail.com