Travel Facts

City Codes
GUA: Guatemala City
FRS: Flores
PBR: Puerto Barrios
Entry requirements: Valid U.S. passport.
Taxes/Surcharges: International departure tax: $30.
Hotel taxes and service charges: 17% gratuities and service charge.
Tipping: Service is not included in restaurant bills; it is customary to leave 15%.
Currency: Quetzal. ATMs in cities, and major credit cards widely accepted. Banking hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Shopping: Guatemala is known for outstanding buys on handmade textiles, wood carvings, jade, silver jewelry, wood statues and ceremonial masks. Clothing, wall hangings and other textile souvenirs are woven by hand with designs distinctive of various Indian villages. Guatemalan weavings are renowned for their bright hues and designs. Prices in metropolitan stores are fixed, but bargaining is expected at village markets and most handicraft shops.
Food and Drink: The finest restaurants in the capital serve international cuisine, a combination of North American and European food. Most local specialties are Mexican in origin, and include tamales (meat and corn wrapped in banana leaves), chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers), and rellenitos de platano (fried bananas stuffed with black beans). Guatemala is known for its coffee. "Antigua" is considered one of the world's finest.
Telephone Area Codes:Country code (502); Antigua (9) and Guatemala City (2).

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