Guatemala by the Numbers

Guatemalan Girls Selling Mushrooms

After seriously busting our budget in Mexico, we were pleased to find prices in Guatemala much lower than its neighbor to the North.  This lush and lovely country turned out to be one of our favorite destinations yet. From the ruins of Tikal, to hiking up an active volcano, to immersing ourselves in Spanish classes in Antigua, Guatemala was full of many rich experiences for us.

So, how did we do with our budget and other numbers?

Budget

We had planned to spend $80/day.  Amazingly, we traveled nearly one full month and clocked in a total of $75/day – $5 under budget.  This was due in part to our slow pace through the country and the fact that we spent nearly 2 weeks in Antigua with a homestay family (where lodging and three meals a day were included).  Outside of the homestay, we found it fairly cheap to eat out for every meal – unlike many other countries where we prepare many of our own meals.

Here are our average daily expenses:

Food – $25
Lodging – $18
Transportation – $4
Drinks – $10
Activities – $15
Misc – $3
Total – $75/day

Other Numbers

Days in Guatemala – 29
Miles traveled – 477
Shuttle vans – 5
Hours on shuttle vans – 29
Flat tires – 1
Tuk-tuks – 2 (3-wheeled motorbike taxis)
Boat trips – 2
Trains – 0
Planes – 0
Cities visited – 5
Beds slept in – 8
Rooms with A/C – 0
Nights under mosquito net – 3
Beaches – 0
Lakes – 2
Rivers – 1
Natural Pools – 10 (Semuc Champey)
Volcanoes climbed – 1
Volcano eruptions viewed – 1 (Volcan Fuego near Antigua)
Earthquakes – 1 (Antigua)
Ruins – 1
Horseback rides – 1
Pyramids climbed – 5
Traveler’s stomach incidents – 1
Colds – 2 (1 each during a rainy week in Panajachel)
Caves Explored – 2
Falls off a waterfall in a cave -1 (Heather at Semuc Champey – 12 feet high)
Days on antibiotics (anti-malarial) – 29
Churches & Cathedrals – 4
Ruins of Churches in Antigua – 6
World Cup Matches watched – 5 (Spanish Commentary), 1 (English)
Coffee fincas – 1
Museums – 1
Restaurants – 49
Uses of hair dryer – 2 (Heather)
Days/nights wearing makeup – 6 (yes, Heather again)

Most /Least Expensive

Lodging – $22.50 (Antigua – Casa de Don Ismael for our first few nights) / $10 (Flores – Los Amigos Hostel, Private “Tree House” Room)
Meals – $23.40 (Antigua – Lunch at Sala) / $6.25 (Lanquin – Hostel Dinner)
Beers – $3.75 /bottle (Antigua – Frida’s) / $0.87 (San Pedro de Atitlan – Buddha B)

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