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The Guatemalan Tourism Commission (INGUAT), 7a Av. 1-17, Zona 4, Guatemala City (www.visitguatemala.com), is the principal informational and promotional arm of the Guatemalan government. You can call them toll-free from the United States and Canada at tel. 800/464-8281, or directly in Guatemala at tel. 502/2421-2800. Once you land in Guatemala, INGUAT has an information booth inside the airport. The booth supplies maps and brochures, and will often make a call for you if you need a last-minute hotel or car rental reservation. INGUAT also maintains offices or information booths at several of the major tourist destinations around the country.

In addition to INGUAT's official website, you'll be able to find a wealth of Web-based information on Guatemala with a few clicks of your mouse.

Destination Guatemala: Red Alert Checklist

  • Take the address and phone number of your country's embassy or consulate with you.
  • Make any restaurant or travel reservations that need to be booked in advance prior to leaving home.
  • Did you find out your daily ATM withdrawal limit? Do you know your credit card PINs?
  • Did you check with your bank to see if your credit or debit card will work in Guatemala? While many of Guatemala's ATMs will work fine with five- and six-digit PINs, some will only accept four-digit PINs. Before traveling, it's wise to change your PIN to avoid any unexpected hassles in getting cash.
  • If you purchased traveler's checks, record the check numbers and store the documentation separately from the checks.
  • Have a safe, accessible place to store money.
  • Bring emergency drug prescriptions and extra glasses and/or contact lenses.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with someone at home.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.