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Money and costs

Currency
Quetzales (Q)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 17, 2018 11:35AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
Q400
  • Dorm bed: Q60–100
  • Budget hotel double room: Q130–180
  • Set meal in a comedor (cheap eatery): Q30–45
  • Three-hour 'chicken-bus' ride: Q20
Midrange
Q400–Q1000
  • Hotel double room: Q200–550
  • À la carte meal in a local restaurant: Q100–130
  • Archaeological site admission: Q50–150
  • Three-hour shuttle-bus ride: Q150
Top end (more than)
Q1000
  • Superior hotel double room: Q550 or more
  • Meal in an elegant restaurant: Q150 or more
  • Guide at archaeological site: up to Q450
  • 4WD car-hire per day: Q650

Banks change cash but casas de cambio (currency-exchange offices) are usually quicker and may offer better rates. ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted in many hostels and most midrange and above hotels and restaurants.

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).