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Guatemala tour itineraries, packages, hotels and resorts

Guatemala tour itineraries, packages, hotels and resorts
Location and Geography
Guatemala is the northernmost country in Central America. It is bounded by Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is 42,000 square miles and made up of high mountains and volcanoes (the highest reaches 12,000 feet above sea level), jungle plains, tropical forests, crystalline lakes and rivers.

Guatemala tour itineraries, packages, hotels and resorts

Guatemala's central mountain mass divides the country into two systems: the Sierra Madre, which runs along the Pacific Ocean, and the Cuchumatanes Range, which crosses the middle of the country to the Caribbean. These formations extend to other important ranges.

Guatemala features over 30 volcanoes and some of the easier ones to climb are: the Pacaya, the Agua, the Acatenango, the Fuego, the Atitlan, the San Pedro and the Toliman.

Guatemala is also doted with many lakes, quite a few of them are volcanic origin, which abound in fish and where different watersports can be practiced. The most outstanding lakes are: Lake Atitlan, Lake Izabal and Lake Peten Itza.

Climate and Suggested Clothing
The average annual temperature is around 75 degrees F (20 degrees C). In the coastal regions the temperature reaches 100 degrees F (37 degrees C), while in the highlands it drops to freezing. In general, nights are quite cool at any time of the year. In the central highlands the rainy season lasts from May to October and is characterized by clear skies before and after the showers which usually fall in the afternoon or evening.

In summer, light cotton clothes and a sweater for the evening are sufficient. From November through January, when the weather becomes somewhat cooler, light woolen clothes are suggested. Shorts are not allowed to be worn in most churches by men or woman and are generally not recommened unless you will be hiking (ie: Tikal, Copan, etc)

Shopping & Business Hours
Regular shopping hours are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 noon and from 3:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We recommend to our clients that purchases made in Guatemala be taken with them rather than shipped. U.S. money is accepted in most major shops, hotels and restaurants but you should exchange dollars for Quetzals and use local currency. Banks will offer the best exchange rate but do not attempt to exchange U.S. $100 bills. It is not advisable and practically impossible anywhere in Guatemala.

Business hours in Guatemala are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at private establishments and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.in public offices. Banks are open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Guatemala tour itineraries, packages, hotels and resorts
Tipping
In hotels, restaurants, bars, etc., a 15% tip is customary wherever a service charge is not included in the bill. Tipping is not included in the price of any tour and how much to tip is up to you with the following suggestions: A $2.00 per person, per day tip to guides and $1.00 per person per day for driver/assistant.


National Holidays are:
  • January 1 - New Years Day
  • March or April - Holy Wednesday through Easter Sunday
  • May 1 - Labor Day
  • June 30 - Army Day
  • August 15 - Our Lady of Assumption
  • September 15 - Independence Day
  • October 20 - Revolution Day
  • November 1 - All Saints Day
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 31 - New Year's Eve

Transportation Equipment
Most of our tours are arranged on a private basis with your own personal guide or guides. Some tours include transportation on a seat-in-car or microbus basis, escorted by a professional English/Spanish speaking tour conductor.

Tours do not Include
Airfare to/from Guatemala City except when specified. Meals, except when specified; tips to drivers, guides, waiters and chambermaids. Also excluded are entry and exit taxes and expenses of a personal nature such as: laundry, liquor, soft drinks, telephone calls, etc.

Documentation
Prior to arrival in Guatemala, every client must verify that his documents are in order, and that he has obtained a tourist card or visa if required. Visas are available only at Guatemalan Consulates abroad. Tourist cards are a vailable to citizens of some countries at airport ticket counters at point of embarcation to Guatemala.

Accommodation Information
Accommodations are based on rooms with private bath in standard or first class hotels and can be upgraded to superior or deluxe accommodations (where available) for an additional charge. All of our tours include a 10% tourism tax on rooms accommodations and 10% value added tax.

Guatemala tour itineraries, packages, hotels and resorts
Holiday Bookings
Hotel bookings over certain holidays (Easter and Christmas for example), carry a surcharge and are subject to strict pre-payment and cancellation policies. These will be advised at the time of booking.

Hotel Listing
We offer the following hotels in conjuction with our tours or we can offer them on a single nightly basis with no tours booked. Please note: Hotels in Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal and Rio Dulce impose increased rates and possible minimum stays during certain holiday periods.

    Guatemala City
    • Camino Real
    • Guatemala City Marriott
  • Pan American
  • Crowne Plaza Las Americas
  • Hyatt Regency Guatemala
Antigua
Lake Atitlan (Panajachel)
  • Hotel Atitlan.
  • Hotel Arca de Noé
  • La Iguana Perdida
  • Del Lago
  • Posada de Don Rodrigo Atitlan
Chichicastenango
Quetzaltenango
Rio Hondo
  • Hotel Longarone
Rio Dulce/Lake Isabel
Flores/Santa Elena
Tikal/El Remate
Copan (Honduras)

Guatemala tour itineraries, packages, hotels and resorts

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