We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Tanya, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Tanya is from Canada, and submitted the following report about Guatemala. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 2.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Spanish
Reasons to go: Guatemala is not without its challenges. Poverty and crime do exist, and shuttle buses can be cramped and rarely on time. However, when you go, I think you will join those of us who love this country for its culture, diverse landscapes, beauty and cuisine. And hey, it’s also one of the least expensive places in the world to travel, with some amazing and unparalleled sites. You will see things you can't see anywhere else, meet amazing people and pay a fraction of what you will pay in a developed country. It is absolutely worth the challenges.
Fantastic for single travelers, there is no shortage of great hostels. Looking for a private room with bathroom on a stunning black volcanic sand beach for under $8 a night? Visit Montericco. How about a unique jungle dorm with tons of great activities, the craziest shower you have ever seen and mountain valley views to die for for $4 a night? Try Lanquin. Did I mention it’s only a short drive away from the stunning Natural Monument, Semuc Champey?
Spend some time in the beautiful city of Antigua, where history meets the modern world. In this world famous Spanish school destination you will have no problem meeting people from all over the world. Try a family homestay and walk cobblestone streets to explore this colonial town of hidden gems. Here you will find fun bars, salsa dancing, great restaurants, spas… and don’t miss out on the rooftop patios!
While you won't find regimented safety standards, you'll appreciate the flexibility of adventures you can have, such as live volcano hikes, open cave exploration and swimming, jungle treks and climbing ancient ruins.
Did you know the Mayan calendar did not call for the end of the world in 2012, but the end of an era, and a new spiritual awakening for mankind?
Take a chance and visit this beautiful country, you will be glad you did.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 3 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 3 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 2.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)