All exchange rates are based on Q7 = $1USD or Q12 = £1GBP.
Guatemala has been our cheapest country to date. Unfortunately due to mechanical failure with Dougal this has doubled our budget here.
Diesel is Q29–35 per gallon (roughly $4USD or £2.50GBP per gallon) and there was no logic to where it is more expensive or cheaper. Car fluids are very cheap here - oils, coolants and lubricants are all at rock bottom prices, so stock up if you need some.
Buying food in markets is by far the cheapest was to shop in Guatemala. Supermarkets are few and far between and generally only in the big cities. Food in the supermarkets is also very cheap in comparison to more northerly countries.
As stated above unfortunately our bad luck with the van blew our budget here out of the water. Having had to buy a new gear box for the pricly sum of $400USD plus labour costs we soon doubled our expected budget for the country.
US Dollars are accepted in most places in Guatemala. If you intend on using them though, carry a calculator with you as the locals math isn’t very good and you will always end up worse off if you decide to let them work it out for you.
Want a coke? Ask for it in a glass bottle, and although you will have to drink it in the shop and return the bottle, it is significantly cheaper than buying plastic.
|Total||Per Day||Per Person||UK Total||UK Per Day||UK Per Person|
|Food||Q 625.06||Q 62.51||Q 31.25||£52.09||£5.21||£2.60|
|Drinks||Q 377.00||Q 37.70||Q 18.85||£31.42||£3.14||£1.57|
|Activities||Q 1,220.00||Q 122.00||Q 61.00||£101.67||£10.17||£5.08|
|Toll Roads||Q 5.00||Q 0.50||Q 0.25||£0.42||£0.04||£0.02|
|Fuel||Q 1,325.00||Q 132.50||Q 66.25||£110.42||£11.04||£5.52|
|Souveniers||Q 255.00||Q 25.50||Q 12.75||£21.25||£2.13||£1.06|
|van maintenance||Q 7,638.00||Q 763.80||Q 381.90||£636.50||£63.65||£31.83|
|eating out||Q 1,394.00||Q 139.40||Q 69.70||£116.17||£11.62||£5.81|
|accomodation||Q 430.00||Q 43.00||Q 21.50||£35.83||£3.58||£1.79|
|Laundry||Q 75.00||Q 7.50||Q 3.75||£6.25||£0.63||£0.31|
|Border Crossing||Q 160.00||Q 16.00||Q 8.00||£13.33||£1.33||£0.67|
|Transport||Q 500.00||Q 50.00||Q 25.00||£41.67||£4.17||£2.08|
|Parking||Q 70.00||Q 7.00||Q 3.50||£5.83||£0.58||£0.29|
|Total||Q 14,074.06||Q 1,407.41||Q 703.70||£1,172.84||£117.28||£58.64|