Guatemala is fairly inexpensive. Travelers from North America or Europe will find Guatemala cheap, while South American or Central American travelers will find the prices comparable. That said, how much you spend here depends on how you want to travel. If you’re into upscale accommodations and fancier restaurants, your travel bill will be much larger than the budget traveler staying in dorm rooms and eating at comedores (local restaurants). Even so, the most lavish hotels in Guatemala are still affordable by some standards.
A typical breakfast at a local restaurant will cost between $2-5. Lunch is similar, but may be a dollar or two more expensive. Dinner at a local eatery is usually about $6-7.
Meals at restaurants catered towards tourists will be more expensive and usually cost between $10-20. Buying a beer in a local restaurant or bar will cost you $1-2, but better bars can charge double or triple that amount. A bottle of water costs a little less than $1. Taxi rides are inexpensive and within most places shouldn’t be more than a few dollars, unless you’re going far. Small souvenirs go for under $10, larger ones for $20.
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