IS GUATEMALA SAFE?
Guatemala is a stable country. Most major crimes occur in isolated rural areas, and in parts of Guatemala City. The most common crime that affects tourists in Guatemala is petty-theft. Simple precautions like keeping your handbag zipped and carrying your wallet in your front pocket, as well as storing valuables in the hotels safe will go along way towards averting most petty crime. Antigua is a safe town because of its dependency on tourism; any crime would hurt the local economy. That said, please take the same precautions at night as you would at home: walk with a partner after dark, take a tuk-tuk or a hotel shuttle.
DO I NEED A VISA OR SHOTS?
American citizens do not need a visa to enter Guatemala. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), malaria is not present in Antigua, Guatemala City and Lake Atitlan, and you do not need immunization shots. If you plan to travel to rural areas beyond Antigua, Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan or Tikal please contact your healthcare provider for more information.
WHAT IS THE CURRENCY IN GUATEMALA? CAN I USE MY CREDIT/DEBIT CARD
The Quetzal is the currency of Guatemala. It is 7.7 Quetzals to 1 Dollar. Almost every hotel, restaurant and shop in Antigua accepts Visa and Mastercard, only a few accept American Express. There are several ATMs around Parque Central, the main square in Antigua where you can use your U.S. ATM card to retrieve quetzales. We recommend you contact your bank before you leave to notify them of your travel plans. One big thing to note, it's a good idea to get new crisp bills from the bank, a lot of vendors will not take worn out bills.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
Antigua is known as the land of eternal spring for its year-round temperate climate. The weather in November will be partially dry and sunny, much like the beginning of Fall. Daytime temperatures will be in the high 70’s and evening temperatures will be in the low 60’s. Make sure to bring an umbrella and dress in layers. The streets are cobblestone and the pavement can been uneven so please bring comfortable walking shoes like sneakers, topsiders, flat sandals or ballet flats for exploring the town.