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Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest Pacific Ocean port. It is important for both cargo traffic and as a stop-off point for

cruise liners

. It is located in Escuintla department, alongside the city of

Puerto San José

, which it superseded as a port in importance to the country's maritime traffic during the 20th century.

There is little of interest to the cruise passenger in the immediate vicinity of the Port, but there are various tours available that take passengers to La Antigua, Auto Safari Chapin zoo, La Reunion world-class golf resort, and other various tour packages are offered specially created for cruise passengers. At the port, there is a market selling lots of crafts and souvenir items... Read more

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

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Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest Pacific Ocean port. It is important for both cargo traffic and as a stop-off point for

cruise liners

. It is located in Escuintla department, alongside the city of

Puerto San José

, which it superseded as a port in importance to the country's maritime traffic during the 20th century.

There is little of interest to the cruise passenger in the immediate vicinity of the Port, but there are various tours available that take passengers to La Antigua, Auto Safari Chapin zoo, La Reunion world-class golf resort, and other various tour packages are offered specially created for cruise passengers. At the port, there is a market selling lots of crafts and souvenir items for those who choose not to take any tours inland. There is also several bars, hammocks to relax in, a restaurant, and performances from Marimba bands. The nearest town,

San Jose

, is about a mile away. Cruise lines list this as the port for La Antigua Guatemala, which is approximately 90 minutes away by bus.

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Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the pontoon (new cruise terminal).
You can find cafes and a jade museum within walking distance.
 

Get around Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala


There is not much to do in the Port. Passengers usually take tours to La Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango, Tikal, etc. 
You can buy a tour on your ship, at the port, or just rent a car. However, we recommend the 1st or 2nd option (for safety reasons).

What to see in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala


  • Visit La Antigua is a must
  • Auto Safari Chapin Zoo
  • La Reunion world-class golf resort
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Chichicastenango
  • ​Tikal

What to do in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala


Go sightseeing, visit different settlements around Puerto Quetzal.

What to eat and drink in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala


Try local food and drinks. Remember that you should drink only purified water.

Shopping in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala


You can find the jade museum with a store in the port.

Safety in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala


Guatemala has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world. Travelers should take some extra precautions when in Guatemala. If you are mugged, carjacked, or approached by armed individuals, cooperate. Do not make any sudden movements, and give whatever belongings or money that are demanded. Tourists have been shot and killed for resisting muggers. Something you have to be made aware of is that sometimes these robberies are committed by off-duty policemen -incredible as it sounds but being a robber or kidnapper is a part-time job of many policemen.

Women should be especially careful around men, even if the men present themselves as local hotel employees.

Although some say that travelers should always carry a bit of extra cash and be prepared to bribe a few police officers, most tourists will have no reason to give bribes to anyone. The most likely situations in which you might have to bribe police would be if you are driving a car or riding a motorcycle and are stopped for fictitious violations of traffic rules. Most European/North Americans find it immoral but it is much easier to avoid the headaches than to be harassed by the police. Phrases such as "I'm sorry officer, is there any way we can solve this right now?" work well. Do not offer bribes directly to an officer because it is illegal and you could actually end up in more trouble.

Never take photos of children without permission. Some Guatemalans are extremely wary of this and will assume you are a kidnapper (even if the children are someone else's). Guatemala has had many problems with children being sold or kidnapped and put up for adoption on the black market. Of course, this doesn't include a few children mixed in with many adults at a distance. This occurs mainly on the more remote Guatemalan villages.

Pickpocketing is common in markets, so never keep anything in your back pocket and take as little with you as possible.

One of the best things about Guatemala is the abundance of natural beauty and numerous treks. Some of these are notorious for robberies. Always ask around about the situation before embarking blindly. Inguat, locals, and fellow travelers are safe bets for information. Traveling in groups during daylight sometimes decreases the risk, but not always.

Traffic can be dangerous. You will encounter many one-lane roads (one lane each way) and drivers are apt to swerve back and forth, avoiding potholes and bumps along the way. There are also various multiple lane highways. Traffic in Guatemala City and surrounding metropolitan areas during rush hour is very slow, but general driving everywhere is usually very fast (average speeds of up to 60 mph in some city roads).

Stay healthy


Drink only purified water (Agua Pura Salvavidas is recommended by most of hospitals and hotels).

CDC states that malaria risk exists in rural areas at altitudes lower than 1,500 metres, with no risk in Antigua or Lake Atitlán. Preventative anti-malarial medication can and should be purchased ahead of visiting malaria-endemic areas.

Dengue fever is endemic throughout Guatemala.

Hepatitis A&B vaccinations are recommended.

Language spoken in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala


Spanish is the official language of Guatemala, and the most commonly spoken. Over twenty indigenous languages are still spoken throughout, but many of the Maya people have at least a working knowledge of basic Spanish as well, except in the more remote areas. For the Garifuna people in Livingston, Garifuna and English are the main languages (but Spanish is spoken as well).

The most familiar form of Spanish spoken among good friends is the "tú" and "vos" form, but varies between regions. It is considered rude and very informal if used with someone that you do not know. As a tourist, it is safer to stick with the "usted" form. However, don't be surprised if some homestay families and some language teachers jump right into using the "tú" or "vos" form. If they do, you may respond in kind.

LOCAL TIME

6:49 pm
November 16, 2019
America/Guatemala

CURRENT WEATHER

25.45 °C / 77.81 °F
light rain
Mon

25.29 °C/78 °F
light rain
Tue

25.03 °C/77 °F
light rain
Wed

25.01 °C/77 °F
scattered clouds
Thu

25.35 °C/78 °F
overcast clouds

LOCAL CURRENCY

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