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Money and costs

Currency
Quetzales (Q)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated August 25, 2016 10:18AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
Q400
  • Dorm bed: Q80–100
  • Double room in a budget hotel: Q130–180
  • Set meal in a comedor (basic, cheap eatery): Q30–45
  • Three-hour 'chicken bus' ride: Q20
Midrange
Q400–Q1000
  • Double room in a hotel: Q320–500
  • À la carte meal in a local restaurant: Q100–130
  • Admission to archaeological site: Q50–150
  • Three-hour shuttle bus ride: Q150
Top end (more than)
Q1000
  • Double room in a superior hotel: Q550 or more
  • Meal in an elegant restaurant: Q130 or more
  • Tour guide at archaeological site: up to Q450
  • 4WD car hire, per day: Q650

Banks change cash and (sometimes) travelers checks, but casas de cambio (currency exchange offices) are usually quicker and may offer better rates.

Tipping

A 10% tip is expected in restaurants (often automatically added to your bill in tourist towns such as Antigua). In small comedores (basic, cheap eateries) tipping is optional, but follow local practice and leave some spare change.

Homestays Better to buy a gift than give cash

Hotels Q10 per bag

Restaurants 10% maximum (if not already included)

Taxis Not customary

Trekking & tour guides Q50 per person per day (extremely optional)