Getting Mail from USA to Guatemala
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Oct 20, 2012 11:02 AM Last Post By: katje
Oct 19, 2012 10:15 AM
Has anybody else used this business? Can I actually order items from Amazon while I am at Lake Atitlan and receive them in less then two weeks? That would be fantastic because there are a bunch of items I am not gong to be able take with me when I leave the US for Lake Atitlan and this way I will be able to purchase them online.
Oct 19, 2012 4:05 PM
Oct 19, 2012 6:02 PM
Oct 19, 2012 7:20 PM
3I don't have mail delivery at my place so I get my mail at the San Juan La Laguna post office, Lista de Correos (kind of lke General Delivery in the U.S.) In six years I've received everything sent to me except for one postcard from the U.S.
Although two out of seven packages were held by Guatemalan Customs. I had to go to the main post office in Guatemala City to pick them up. The packages were opened in front of me. Both packages contained books and I didn't have to pay any import taxes. But I suppose that might be different depending on what you receive.
Oct 19, 2012 7:25 PM
4shalomyishai, be aware that postage rates from the U.S. to Guatemala are very high. A friend sent me a package a few months ago containing a Kindle and a pound of red licorice. The postage was $30.some dollars. For around two pounds! Just something to keep in mind.
Oct 19, 2012 8:48 PM
Oct 20, 2012 7:07 AM
Oct 20, 2012 7:40 AM
Oct 20, 2012 9:46 AM
Well just to clear one thing up...I am a he not a she. But no harm done. Jesse is one of those names that can create confusion.
So the reason I am looking into the postage situation is to order things from amazon. And the more info I get the more it seems like a pretty expensive process to get amazon packages from the US to Guatemala.
Now the reason I am even wondering about this has to do with my technology dilemna.
Basically the question is how absolutely vital is it to have an internet device. The world is online these days. Snail mail barely exists. Paper newspapers are dying. Music, photography are all digital. Any organization at all has its info on the web. So if you are not online you are kind of 'out there'.
So that fact makes me feel rather pressured to get some internet device before I leave the USA and the main thing I am considering is a tablet(they are lightweight and I find them pretty darn fun to use).
However, there are competing facts. I have a very limited budget. A decent tablet costs $200. And who cares if the world is online. Does a Commie intellectual poet really need to travel with a darn piece of technology. Nevernimd the fact that unless I am pretty darn careful there is a decent chance it will eventually be stolen.
So there you have it my friends. One moment I am totally at peace with just traveling with very little (maybe a basic e-reader Kindle). And then I walk past some Starbucks where 90% of the customers are sipping their Fapes infront of their laptops and I think to myself I need to get with the rest of the world.
Anyway, that is my angst this rainy morning here in Pacific Beach, San Diego.
Oct 20, 2012 10:24 AM
Forget needing technology.
Basically there is no way to get a decent tablet for under $200. And I do not have $200 to spend.
I could buy the first version of the Amazon Fire but the only way to buy it is online and there is the shipping costs and also the cost for a wall charger and so it gets to be just around $200 give or take when all is said and done.
I am terribly bored with the internet these days anyway.
So here's to good ol books. Here's to Neruda and Whitman. And a barebones Kindle for $70.
Oct 20, 2012 10:26 AM
Oct 20, 2012 10:58 AM
Oct 20, 2012 11:02 AM
12As SoloHobo mentioned, Pana and San Pedro have internet cafes. So do San Juan, San Marcos, and even San Pablo. Lots of other places too.
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