Guatemala - General Info
UTC -6. Summer time UTC -5 May to August.
Voltage: 120 V
Frequency: 60 Hz
Quetzal of 100 centavos.
November 2011: There has been an increase in the cloning of credit/debit cards used in ATMs in Antigua and Guatemala City.
Guatemala's international calling code is +502.
A pre-paid calling card is required to use a public pay phone.
Mobile phone coverage is good.
WiFi internet access for laptops is also available nation-wide. Telefonica has good coverage with their PCMCIA EV-DO cards.
All of the Camperos chicken/pizza restaurants offer free WiFi.
Northwest Caribbean Net, 1400 UTC 6209 USB, alternates 6212 and 6516, 7 days/wk. Generally covers Providencia north to Mexico on the Carib side, including Providencia, San Andreas, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Caymans. They often follow boats all the way home to Key West through Galveston on the US coast, and sometimes boats heading south will continue to check in down to Panama, but not often.
Emergencies: 110 (Police)
Fire Service : 122 or 123
Medical emergency services - Dial 911.
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
Explore Central America - Part 1
Published January 2007 (13th ed. Aug. 2011, continually updated)
This is an e-book available from www.sailsarana.com/guide
The most comprehensive guides ever written about cruising the Pacific coast of Central America from Mexico to the Panama Canal. In a two part set, these books provide over 325 GPS waypoints, over 112 charts and city maps, detailed weather descriptions, forecasting information and surfing locations. These books highlight dozens of anchorages not in other books and tons of local information that sailors care about. Also included are detailed procedures for clearing into and out of the Central American countries as well as Ecuador, the Galapagos and Mexico.
Cruising Ports:The Central American Route
By Pat Rains
Published by Point Loma Publishing (7th edn. Oct 2010)
See www.MexicoBoating.com for further details.
This book covers Pacific Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Pacific Panama) plus Mexico’s Gulf Coast to Veracruz, then NW Yucatan, NW Cuba, Yucatan Channel, Belize, Rio Dulce, Honduras and the Bay Islands, the Western Caribbean islands & banks, Panama’s Caribbean cruising grounds. This book culminates in Panama Canal Transit.
Cruising Guide to Belize and Mexico's Caribbean Coast including Guatemala's Rio Dulce
By Captain Freya Rauscher
Publisher: Windmill Hill Books; 3rd edition (2007)
This guide - completely updated in 2007 - provides detailed piloting information for navigating from Mexico's Isla Mujeres and Cozumel to Belize and Guatemala's Rio Dulce, including the many offshore cays and reefs. GPS waypoints locate all harbor entrances and anchorages, complete with 117 original sketch charts, 185 photos featuring 16-pages of color photographs, many aerials and two large folded charts showing the entire area.
Guatemala Information Website - Rio Dulce Section
Useful information on cruising Guatemala
Web Cruising Guide (2011) in French for Rio Dulce
By cruiser Lilia Hartmann
A small non-profit organization operating in the Highlands of Guatemala. If travelling inland, volunteers with skills are always needed.
November 2012: Security section further updated following dinghy and outboard theft report from Mango Marina, Rio Dulce.
March 2012:Security update from Lillia Hartman, free cruising guide author for the Rio Dulce.
Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
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