One of the best parts about traveling to places that may not be on the typical tourist path, is you score great deals, and it becomes extremely easy to have an adventurous vacation on a budget.
When I traveled to Guatemala back in November, we didn’t set out with a budget, but like any trip, we wanted to make sure we didn’t blow all our life savings.
I should mention that there are always cheaper ways to do a trip. On this trip for example, we opted for more expensive options for things like accommodations because we weren’t doing the whole grungy backpacker type trip where we stay in 24-bed dorms. We wanted it to be somewhat relaxing and comfortable. Plus, my friend hadn’t traveled much before, at least not outside of first-world countries, so I wanted to make sure she was comfortable too.
As you probably know, there is ALWAYS a cheaper or more expensive way to see every country. If you are looking for more of a budget trip then what we did, you can opt for public transit versus tourist shuttles like we took, you can also opt for cooking your food in a hostel kitchen when available, and staying in shared dorm rooms versus private rooms at hotels. Whatever your budget, there’s always a way to make it work. However, if you’re thinking of a trip to Guatemala and want to get an idea of how much it cost me to travel there for about 8 days, I hope this helps.
A few things to note:
– All costs below are in USD
– These costs are for one person
We flew from Toronto to Houston to Guatemala City. There were little to no direct flights from Toronto to Guatemala.
Like I said above, you can do transportation on a budget by taking the local chicken buses versus tourist shuttles. However, the shuttles are relatively inexpensive. The biggest expense we had in terms of transportation was our private shuttle from El Paredon to Guatemala City airport. The reason we did this was because we wanted a full day in El Paredon and didn’t want to have to build our day around limited shuttle times.
It’s always easy to cut costs on food, but we ate out for almost every lunch and dinner. We didn’t drink a ton of alcohol while there, and breakfasts were included in all of our hotels. Touristy areas were pricier than other parts of the country, also, local restaurants were significantly cheaper than the ones where all the tourists were eating.
This included four tours that we did while in Guatemala… our volcano trek to Pacaya near Antigua, our hike up Indian Nose in Lake Atitlan, a tour of the turtle feeding grounds in El Paredon, plus a cooking class in El Paredon with a local.
I didn’t do a ton of shopping while in Guatemala since I always pack light and have limited space for packing souvenirs. However, this included a few things to take back and remember my trip by.
Overall my trip to Guatemala for 8 days for one person from Toronto cost around $1,218 USD.
…. and people say you have to be rich to travel. *eye roll*