Fast Facts: Guatemala

What is the weather like in Guatemala?

The rainy season is between mid-May and mid-October (Mid-May into mid-November in the north).

The months of March and April are very hot especially in the low lying areas such as the Pacific coastal plain.

Check out the current weather conditions in Guatemala.


What is needed for entry into Guatemala?

See our Visa page for infornation on passports and visas to Guatemala.


Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health precautions or requirements to enter Guatemala.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization


What is the currency?

The currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal although US dollars are widely accepted. Please review the current exchange rate for the Quetzal.

ATMs: ATMs can be found in most major towns but do not expect to find them in every tourist spot.


What items should I shop for in Guatemala?

In open air markets you should be able to bargain for most purchases whereas chain-owned shops have fixed prices and will not lower their prices. Some of the most commonly purchased items in Guatemala are jade, coffee, and traditional Mayan handmade blouses known as huipiles and skirts knows as cortes. You might also want to try Ron Zacapa Centenario, Guatemala's prize-winning rum.


What are the voltage requirements in Guatemala?

Voltage: 115-230 V/60Hz; A, B, G, & I. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

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