The Rough Guide to Guatemala 4 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) by Iain Stewart

By Iain Stewart

The tough consultant to Guatemala is the basic significant other to this marvelous nation with unique assurance of all of the major points of interest – from the volcanoes and crater lakes to the culturally-rich capital of Guatemala urban. The full-colour creation highlights the wonderful common fantastic thing about the shorelines and wild-life reserves with gorgeous images and the fundamental record of ‘what to not miss’. There are informative money owed of all of the Mayan ruins, with exact historic backgrounds, and the way to get the main from each one sight, in addition to thorough explorations of these hidden gemstones, together with the breathtaking Lake Atil?n quarter and the jungle of Verapaz. You’ll locate new color sections approximately Indigenous Costumes and Mayan structure, dozens of easy-to-use maps, in addition to numerous lodging and eating place stories and find out how to locate the easiest fiestas and highland markets. The advisor has all of the sensible details you must get there, trip round comfortably and make sure you don’t omit the unmissable. utilize some time with The tough advisor to Guatemala.

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Stick to bottled water (agua pura), which is available everywhere, either in bottles or small plastic bags. You’ll only need to consider treating your own water if you plan to travel to extremely remote areas. Although boiling water for ten minutes kills most microorganisms, it’s not the most convenient method. Water filters remove visible impurities and larger pathogenic organisms (most bacteria and cysts). Chemical sterilization with either chlorine or iodine is effective (except in preventing amoebic dysentery or giardiasis), but the resulting liquid doesn’t taste very pleasant.

Treat any bite as suspect: wash any wound immediately with soap or detergent and apply alcohol or iodine if possible. Act immediately to get treatment – rabies can be fatal once symptoms appear. There is a vaccine, but it is expensive, serves only to shorten the course of treatment you need anyway and is effective for no more than three months. BASICS following all the usual precautions no one seems to avoid it altogether. Its main cause is simply the change of diet: the food in the region contains a whole new set of bacteria, and perhaps rather more of them than you’re used to.

In the brackets above this (3 & 4 ), you can expect a private bathroom with hot water. Rooms in the 5 –7 categories should BASICS All accommodation listed in this guide has been graded according to the following price scale, which refers to the price in US dollars of the cheapest double room in high season. Dormitory beds are priced per head. Many places offer reductions at quieter times of the year, particularly those in the more popular tourist centres, where there is plenty of competition. It is always worth negotiating if you think the hotel is not very full.

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