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Tikal Pyramid Guatemala
Tikal Pyramid Guatemala
Antigua
Antigua
Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan

About Guatemala (GT)


The Central American country of Guatemala (GT) has a Pacific coastline to the southwest, and Caribbean coastline to east, while its land borders are Mexico to the north, Belize in the northeast, Honduras in the southeast, and El Salvador in the south. Once home to the ancient Mayan civilization, Guatemala has a rich diversity of culture and wealth of natural beauty amid the glorious Mayan ruins found in Tikal, El Mirador, and Peten. Its mountainous, often volcanic topography varies from coast-to-coast and results in a number of microclimates, with generally mild weather in the central and western highlands, and tropical conditions everywhere else. Many travelers come for the historic sites, but a growing number of visitors are taking advantage of nearly empty (for now) beaches. Meanwhile, the colonial Spanish capital of Antigua Guatemala is a World Heritage site and the most popular destination in the country.

  Getting around

With much of the country lacking substantial public transportation, most visitors will need to rent a car to reach most of the important attractions. With a serviceable network of roads, the most challenging aspect of driving in Guatemala will be finding road services in the remote areas. On top of that, many routes are impassable during the rainy season (May to October).

The important thing to remember is that this is Central America, and driving styles vary from relatively safe to sometimes dangerous. Road conditions are obviously going to pose some challenges, and roadside assistance may not be as efficient and capable as you’re accustomed to. But generally speaking, driving in Guatemala will require patience, road awareness, common sense, and some amount of experience in less-than-ideal conditions.

  Choosing your car

All the major companies are providing cheap car rentals in Guatemala. Rent a car in Guatamala from Enterprise, Dollar, Budget, Thrifty, Avis, or Hertz. Select from the vehicle class that best suits your travel itinerary. Of course, all-wheel drive SUVs are the wise choice for reaching destinations outside of Guatemala City. But you’ll still get great deals on minicars, compact sedan, economy 3-door hatchbacks, estate wagons, premium and luxury vehicles, and 7-12 seater minivans.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Guatemala

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One of the most common warnings about renting a car in Central America is to be extra vigilant about inspecting your vehicle before signing the contract. Take photos and video of any existing damage to the car, and make sure the agent notes all scratches, dents, or other flaws such as cracked glass. Meanwhile, check the engine and test all the main components, e.g. brakes, turn signals, air conditioning, etc.

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After you’ve completed the assessment, don’t sign the contract until you have a copy of the car hire vendor’s inspection.

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Mobile wireless and telecom coverage is hit-or-miss in Guatemala. GPS is highly recommended, in addition to hardcopy maps. Note: maps are easily downloaded from the internet, too.

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Inform your Guatemala car rental provider if you’re thinking about taking the car out of the country. There’s no clear consensus on restrictions or permissions.

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The Mayan ruins in El Mirador can be accessed via the small communal village of Carmelita. It’s a 566 km (349 mi) drive from Guatemala City, and the 90 km of which is unpaved road. Consider staying in the town of Flores, on the shores of Lake Peten Itza, and arranging a tour from there. A 4x4 or SUV rental would be advisable for this trip.

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Don’t drive at night, even in the cities.

Are you driving a rental car in Guatemala?

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

50 kph  | 31.1 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

80 kph  | 49.7 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

110 kph  | 68.4 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

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Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

GTQ
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

16 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

110/120
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Guatemala

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Guatemala?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Guatemala?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Guatemala?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Guatemala?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Guatemala?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Guatemala?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Guatemala?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Guatemala?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Guatemala?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Guatemala?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Guatemala?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Guatemala?