As a backpacker, you’re normally quite conscious about budget but at the same time you want to have a good time and you value a good night’s sleep. Food is also super important and you will want to try the local cuisine for a real authentic experience. But we all know, there comes a point when you really crave some Western food. So here are some tips on where to sleep and eat in Guatemala.
Where to sleep
- Antigua: Zoola (Q70/night in dorm) or The Terrace for party or Base Camp for volcano tour (discounts), opposite The Terrace in a dead end street is a very cheap option (Q40/night)
Zoola in Antigua Guatemala
- Lago Atitlan: Zoola for party (especially the Sunday pool party) and a good value quite option is Hospedaje Casa Elena (lake front views) in San Pedro La Laguna or Tepepul Kaan
Zoola in San Pedro La Laguna
- Río Dulce: Backpackers Hotel (cooperating with the school/orphanage Casa Guatemala) (Q30/night in dorm)
- Flores: Hostal Los Amigos, great value, beautiful garden area with good food, laundry service and a tourist office open until late at night (Q50/night in dorm)
Where to eat
- Antigua: I wrote two posts on where to eat in Antigua – Antigua Restaurant Guide 1 and Antigua Restaurant Guide 2
- Lago Atitlan:
- San Pedro La Laguna: I spent hours at Café Home with delicious healthy veggie and vegan options. Café La Puerta is great, too. Bar Sublime, The Buddha, and Hummus-Ya have good international food. D’Juice Girls make some delicious juices for around Q10-20. Pedro’s juice bar does, too (ask for horseback riding trips while you’re there, Pedro’s a great guide and prices are very good).
- San Marcos La Laguna: Il Giadino or a very sweet café a little further up the road from the main dock serving very good vegan cakes and crèpes (forgot the name)
- Río Dulce: When staying at Backpackers Hotel, it’s most convenient to eat their restaurant as you’d have to walk across the bridge for most other options. It’s okay. During the day it’s better to eat street food in Fronteras.
- Livingston: Tapado is a typical Caribbean dish served in Livingston – it’s famous and rightly so because it’s so tasty!!! Gaby’s restaurant (Antojito Gaby) was recommended to us and she really did do a great job cooking up the Tapado. Get ready to dig in. Q65 only.
- Flores: Hostal Los Amigos serves delicious international food (e.g. Indian Curry or their brownies) just don’t take their lunch bag, the sandwich is disgusting after a few hours. Along the water front are some restaurants but they’re a bit more expensive.
What are you favourite hostels and places to eat in Guatemala? Let me know in the comments below!