Guatemala Tourist Traps

  • Crossing the border with Mexico
    Crossing the border with Mexico
    by Twan
  • Crossing the border with Mexico
    Crossing the border with Mexico
    by Twan
  • Crossing the border with Mexico
    Crossing the border with Mexico
    by Twan

Guatemala Tourist Traps

  • Street Vendors

    Antigua Guatemala Tourist Traps

    They would give you the better price if you are interested in. However, the price is much higher than everywhere. Give them 55% discount of the price. Tell them that you've bought a lot of similar souvenirs.

  • Crossing the border with Mexico

    Crossing the border here is quite a thing, you go thourgh a no-mans-land by taxi. After that you come to the second border for entrance. Depending which way you go you arrive at or the Mexico or the Guatemalan border. For us it was from Mexico to Guatemala. Be patient at the visa office and watch you suitcases here as things are very busy here.


    I strongly recommend to avoid the travel agency UNIVERSAL & PLUS +Why? Why they are cheap but not a deal. If you think your time has more value than USD 12,00... And if you discover other better agencies, they do not refund!I took a shuttle van (like a little chicken bus, `cause it was full like a chicken bus) from Panajachel to Coban. Not at all....

  • chetumal to flores

    when taking first class transport from chetumal to tikal, be sure to get off at Ixlu. If you don;'t they will drive you another 30 km to Flores. Ixlu is halfway between Flores and Tikal. When in Ixlu, you can either continue on to Tikal (just hitch a ride, there is plenty of transport) or stay at El Remate, which is a very pleasant town at a lake....

  • Chichicastenango

    Supposed to be the gratest Mayan Markt, and it is...full of beautiful hand made artifacts...but youcan buy them everywhere in Gutemala, and Chichi is full of beggars and with the highest concentration of poverty I ever saw in my life...Guatemala is great country, but Ididn't liked Chichi...better go immidiately to Atitaln

  • Local roadside car guards

    Okay, this issue isn't unique to just tourists. My friend who lives in Antigua has this happen to him all the time as well. This is what happened. I rented a scooter/moped to get around town during my stay in Antigua. Well, one day when I parked my scooter near Antigua's arch around 6 p.m., there was a group of three locals sitting at the curb....

  • Lago Atitlan is a trap worth visiting

    After adventure in the Mayan highlands of Uspatan and Coban, Lago Atitlan will provide comfortable hotels, especially at Panajachel. The selection of clothing and other Mayan handicrafts is good, it not at bargain prices. Take the ferry across to San Pedro where the bargaining is more relaxed. Lago Atitlan is worth a couple of days before moving...

  • Tikal-move through the entrance fast

    The crafts sold at the entrance to the "on foot" portion of the park are so unbelievably overpriced you'll faint when you find the same thing for less (before haggling) in other places. However, the Tikal guide books sold on the way into the park area (while driving through the gate) are great souvenirs and guides. Get a tour book if you like and...

  • Obviously they want your money....

    after having travelled for hours from Costa Rica to Guatemala, only to jump on a bus about 20 minutes later and head to Tikal from guate, I guess that we were tired and not really thinking straight. I know all the tricks that are pulled on tourists, but I guess that sometimes you get to a point that you forget or just dont care.Make sure you dont...

  • I would have to say that,...

    I would have to say that, unless you are interested in staying at one of those big Hilton-type hotels, and/or have to conduct some kind of business, stay away from the capitol. Visit if you wish, but do not devote more that two days and one night there. Make Antigua your home base. It is located less than an hour from the airport and is loaded with...

  • If you are rusty on Spanish,...

    If you are rusty on Spanish, take some time to brush up. When doing business with open currency (cash) numbers will be spoken to you very fast and you better be able to do the math pretty quickly to make sure you aren't getting taken for a ride.

  • Be very careful when...

    Be very careful when purchasing textile goods. You can very easily get ripped off and you should familiarize yourself with prices before getting anything. Always offer 1/2 or less than their original asking price.

  • Everything was expensive. ...

    Everything was expensive. Tours, textiles. The cheapest was the food. I guess this happens everywhere, but we were dissapointed that we paid $75 to a tour agency to take three of us hiking a volcano and found out, that our guide, who did all the work, got $12 out of the $75.Everything you buy is negotiable, except in some stores. Even with...

  • Don't bother watching the...

    Don't bother watching the sunrise from the top of Temple Three (or whichever is the trendy temple to watch the sunrise). You'll be surrounded at least 100 other people looking for a soulful experience. The blather is likely to drown out the howler monkeys.

  • Hotel Belmont in Guatemala...

    Hotel Belmont in Guatemala City is the worst I've ever seen.It has no windows and its toilets can terrify even the most experienced traveller. What's more it's in a really dangerous area and it's not that cheap.Avoid it!


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