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 Guatemala - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -6. Summer time UTC -5 May to August.

Electrical Supply

Voltage: 120 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Money

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.

Communications

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.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Emergencies: 110 (Police)
Fire Service : 122 or 123
Medical emergency services - Dial 911.

Publications

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)
ISBN-13: 978-0975575314
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.

Guide of the Rio Dulce, in Italian
ISBN: 9788898023325 , 20 Euros
Lilia Hartmann e Roberto Trapani (1st edition: 2013)

Guatemala Information Website - Rio Dulce Section
www.mayaparadise.com

Useful information on cruising Guatemala
www.saltysailors.com

Web Cruising Guide (2011) in French for Rio Dulce
By cruiser Lilia Hartmann
www.amelcaramel.net

Mayan Families
A small non-profit organization operating in the Highlands of Guatemala. If travelling inland, volunteers with skills are always needed.
http://www.mayanfamilies.org/Home

Update History

September 2014: Customs information updated with assistance from Lilia Hartman.
November 2013: Immigration and Customs checked/updated.
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.

 

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Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Richard Voswinckel
Richard Voswinckel says:
Oct 16, 2013 04:33 PM

When arriving or leaving Guatemala via Livingston it is best to use a "tramitador" or agent for a reasonable amount. The one to use is Raul Morales Veiz, tel +502 7947-0888 mobile +502 5510-9104, navieraservamar@gmail.com Livingston Izabal Guatemala

tanny
tanny says:
Nov 09, 2013 09:37 PM

Be advised that after the first 3 months in Guatemala, you must be staying at one of 8 'registered' marinas in order to qualify for a 12 month extention. Marina rates are going up as services remain the same...

Captain John Brandes
Captain John Brandes says:
Mar 30, 2014 03:42 PM

On Friday March 28 there was a meeting at Nana Juana Hotel & Marina in Rio Dulce that was hosted by the Guatemala Ministry of Tourism (INGUAT) where it was announced that the rule regarding vessels having to leave the country for three months has been rescinded and the old system will be implemented. This is very good news for all.

The rule that will take effect April 1 is as follows:

1. Boats when initially entering Guatemala from abroad will receive a cruising permit valid for three (3) months. The cost for this permit will be $50.00 US dollars plus Q60.00 (about $7.80 US).

2. Boats who wish to remain longer have the option to obtain an additional nine (9) month permit at a cost of $150.00 US Dollars.

3. Boats who wish to remain after the first 12 months as described above may obtain a permit to remain an additional 12 months at a cost of $150.00 US Dollars.

4. The extension described above for periods beyond the initial 12 month period may be renewed each 12 months thereafter indefinitely for a fee of $150.00 US Dollars. These extensions also require that the vessel be located in an INGUATE registered marina and there must be a contract with the marina.

There is no requirement that vessels leave the country for three (3) months or any other period to qualify for these extensions.

The fees stated above are SAT fees and do not include fees that may be charged by immigration or an agent.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 09, 2014 03:14 PM

Re. the above comment, Raul Veliz, the customs agent in Livingston, reported that these rules have not officially been approved yet. More information when we have it.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 17, 2014 11:20 AM

Lilia Hartmann, author of the Guide to the Rio Dulce, has now confirmed the rules that regulate the entry and stay of a yacht in Guatemala:

1. Boats entering Guatemala from abroad will receive a cruising permit valid for 3 months. The cost of this permit will be US$ 50,00, to be paid at the bank located near the customs office.

2. Boats who wish to remain longer are recommended to ask immediately for an additional 9 month permit at the cost of UD$ 150,00. If they do not ask for the extension straight away, the captain will have to return to Livingston to do this later.

3. Boats who wish to remain after the first 12 months may obtain a permit to remain an additional 12 months at a cost of US$ 150,00. This extension may be renewed each 12 months thereafter, but it requires that the vessel be located in an INGUAT (Istituto Guatemaltteco de Turismo) registered marina and there must be a contract with the marina.

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