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Top Guatemala Travel Guides

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Traveling to Guatemala? The internet is fantastic for pre-trip planning, but it's also nice to bring guidebooks along once you actually go. Luckily, there's a whole host of Guatemala guidebooks available for every kind of traveler, from luxury to mid-range to the budget backpacker. The following are some of the best Guatemala travel guides.

1. Moon Guatemala

Moon Guatemala is a great addition to Moon's extensive library of travel guides.


"Part-time Guatemala resident Al Argueta provides travelers with an insider's view of Guatemala's best, from idyllic surf spots to popular volcanoes. Argueta offers in-depth coverage of Lake Atitlan and La Antigua, as well as Guatemala City's diverse selection of museums."


If you're just sticking around Antigua and the capital, you can opt for Moon Spotlight Guatemala City and Antigua.

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2. Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala

Have you fallen in love with Guatemala? (I know how you feel.) Are you thinking about extending your stay for a few months -- or longer? Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala is a guidebook for travelers looking to live in Guatemala temporarily or permanently.


"Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala is packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, including obtaining visas, arranging finances, gaining employment, choosing schools, and finding health care. This relocation guide also includes practical advice on how to rent or buy a home for a variety of needs and budgets. With extensive color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps, Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala will help you find your bearings as you settle into your new home and life abroad."

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3. Insight Guides: Guatemala, Belize and the Yucatan

If you have a few weeks to spend abroad, Guatemala's proximity to Belize and Mexico's Yucatan region makes for a fantastic travel opportunity. Insight Guides: Guatemala, Belize and the Yucatan is a quality guidebook for La Ruta Maya travelers.


"This fully updated new edition features illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside inspiring full-colour photography, including over 250 brand new photographs that will bring Guatemala, Belize and Yucatan's people and places to life, at the turn of a page… All the principal sites are conveniently cross-referenced by number to accompanying full-colour maps throughout the guide."

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4. The Rough Guide to Guatemala

Rough Guides is a top choice for budget travelers, Guatemala backpackers, and anybody interested in discovering unique and unexpected Guatemala destinations.


"The new full-colour "Rough Guide to Guatemala" is the definitive guide to this fascinating Central American country… Whether you're taking in the grand Mayan site of Tikal, the graceful, colonial architecture of Antigua, a traditional market or an adventurous jungle trek, "The Rough Guide to Guatemala" will help you make the most of your holiday."

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5. Fodor's Guatemala

With gorgeous Guatemala photos, Fodor's Guatemala is another great choice for Guatemala travel.


"Discover the heart of Guatemala. Embrace the local culture as you shop for colorful textiles at markets, watch the sunrise over Mayan ruins, or relax at a café on a colonial plaza… Find choices for every traveler, from hiking on a volcano and exploring wildlife preserves to ecotouring near Lago Atitlán and studying Spanish in Antigua."

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6. Lonely Planet Guatemala

As with all Lonely Planet guidebooks, Lonely Planet Guatemala is best for midrange, budget, and backpacking travelers (with Guatemala is an ideal destination for).


"With a Lonely Planet guidebook you’ll get the best out of your Guatemala trip. Our 4th edition will take you to the best street markets in Chichicastenango, through the radiant Maya ruins of Tikal, paragliding over Lago de Atitlán and to the colonial splendor of Antigua."

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7. Mexican Camping (Includes Guatemala)

Mexican Camping is a compelling twist on travel in the Mexico region, including Belize and Guatemala.


"Intrepid travelers will benefit from the experience and perspective of the seasoned explorers, who, in their numerous RV excursions throughout Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, have compiled an exhaustive wealth of information on every aspect of traveling and camping south of the border."

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8. Frommer's Guatemala

Not as comprehensive as other Guatemala guidebooks, Frommer's Guatemala focuses on the highlights of Guatemala travel. If you're interested in traveling off the beaten path, probably look elsewhere. Author Eliot Greenspan is also the author of Frommer’s Belize, Frommer’s Costa Rica, Frommer’s Ecuador, Costa Rica Day By Day and Costa Rica For Dummies, and the Venezuela chapter in Frommer’s South America.
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9. Traveller's Wildlife Guides to Belize and Northern Guatemala

If you're interested in Guatemala wildlife, Traveller's Wildlife Guides to Belize and Northern Guatemala is a great companion to regular Guatemala guidebooks. It includes profiles of birds and animal species, as well as marine life, and exactly how you can catch a glimpse of them on your Central America travels.
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10. VIVA Travel Guides Guatemala

"This book, the most-up-to-date guide to Guatemala, is all you need to explore the heart of the Mayan world. Whether you want to wander the steamy, jungle ruins of Tikal, climb the active cone of the Volcan de Fuego, stroll the cobblestone streets of Antigua, or browse through traditional indigenous markets, VIVA will help you get the most from your time in this beautiful country."
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