Budgeting for Guatemala


Although most everything will be included, depending on your booked tour, we recommend mapping out a personal budget for your lunches, alcoholic drinks, and souvenirs before departure. Even if you bring a debit or credit card, to be safe, we recommend you plan on preparing to use cash in most locations, as many local artisans and street vendors will only accept cash. If you plan for cash, spending money will be a breeze for you. Nonetheless, please budget according to your spending habits. You are free to bring as much cash money as you please. We recommend exchanging currency with your home bank before departure or at any airport, including upon your arrival at the airport in Guatemala.

Remember, you will not need to budget for anything in the “Included” section of your booked tour description, nor the transportation to any of those experiences/excursions. You will only need to budget for the items found below that are not included in your tour.

International Flight

  • $130-$450 from Canada & USA
  • €425-€675 from Europe

Lunch & Drinks

  • Restaurants: $6-$15 per meal
  • Water: $1 per 1.5 liter bottle
  • Alcoholic Drinks: $3-$5 per drink on average

Extra Tours / Entertainment

  • Cooking Class or Food Experiences: $50-$90 per person
  • Bean to Bar Chocolate Workshop: $26 per person
  • Volcano Excursions: $15 to $100 per person
  • Entry to Museums & Galleries: FREE to $15 per person
  • Bike Rentals / Tours: $10-$35 per person

In-Country Transport

  • Airport Pickup / Drop-off: INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
  • In-Town Taxi: $3-$5 per trip (if you desire to explore on your own)
  • Tuk-Tuk Taxi: $2-$5 per trip (if you desire to explore on your own)


  • Coffee: $10-$15 per pound
  • Rum: $20-$50 on average per bottle
  • Jade Jewelry: $3 for small items to thousands for fine jewelry
  • Table Runners & Other Textiles: $10-$30
  • Wood Carvings & Masks: $5-$35
  • T-Shirts: $5-$12
  • Postcards: $1 or less


We always recommend, as an encouragement to those serving you, that if you believe that those persons went out of their way to make your experience over-the-top, feel free to tip them. It is not required, but it is a good encouragement for them to continue to give 110% for their travelers. The amount of your tips depend on the combination of your budget/generosity and how well you feel they served you. If you have any questions regarding tipping or anything else, feel free to reach out to us before your departure.

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  • BnB Host / Butler: $5-$10 per day
  • Restaurants: usually 10% of total cost
  • Drivers: $5-$10 for long journeys
  • Experience Guides (Special Tour/Experience Guides): $5-$10

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