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San Pedro LL – Guatemala – GRANDPAcking Costs



My costs start in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan and include:

  • A lancha (boat) from Panajachel to San Pedro
  • 38 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation
  • Food & Drink
  • Mobile Data / Communications
  • 21 Days of Spanish Classes


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Cost Of Existence (COE):

My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I deviate from them all of the time! But, my costs are real costs and they may help you formulate your own budget.


My accommodation at the Orbita Spanish School met ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’. For the first week, I stayed in a Twin Room with private (outside) bathroom, a separate (outside) kitchen, and a terrace that had a view out over the town rooftops to the lake.

For the next 2 weeks, I stayed on-site at the Orbita Spanish School in their Studio Apartment. This had an ensuite, kitchenette, cable TV, and (again) a terrace that looked out over the lake.

For the accommodation provided by the Spanish School, I paid an average of GTQ84 / night (US$12).

I, then, moved out of the Orbita and found my own accommodation nearer to Area B (my favourite area of town). I walked in ‘off the street’ and negotiated a discounted price at the Jarachi’k Hotel. I got a Double Room with ensuite, cable TV, complimentary breakfast and a terrace with a view out over the lake for GTQ100 / night. I stayed a total of 17 nights.


I walked everywhere. You don’t need any transport.

Communications & Fees:

I had, previously, purchased a Tigo SIMcard for GTQ50. I paid GTQ99 for their 1 month 1.5GB ‘Mes Social’ plan with free Facebook, free Whatsapp, and unlimited calls & texts. With the shops ‘fees’, it totalled GTQ166.

I topped up my simcard with another GTQ99 and purchased another 1 month 2Gb Data Plan whilst in Panajachel. I extended this for a further 2 week 1.5GB data plan for GTQ60 whilst in San Pedro.

Tigo have a good 3G/4G signal in San Pedro (and Lake Atitlan). Free WiFi is available around town but not in the cheaper places. The Jarachi’k Hotel internet was ‘variable’.

Food & Drink:

I averaged GTQ62 / day on food.

Whilst in Orbita Spanish School accommodation I had a kitchen, so I tended to bring in groceries for my Breakfasts: usually muesli, natural yogurt, fruit (from the market) and filtered coffee. Sometimes I would also get in groceries for lunch too.

The complimentary Breakfast at the Jarachi’k was also good. I had a choice of about 8 different nice breakfasts from the menu.

A big Breakfast was sufficient to allow me just to snack at Lunchtime (if I ate at all).

I ate a cheap Dinner each night at a Budget restaurant. The average cost was GTQ30 for a decent meal.


My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was GTQ143 / NZ$28 / US$20 / €19 / £16.


My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were GTQ261 / NZ$52 / US$37 / €35 / £30. This was more than enough to LIVE on.

Visa: There is no Visa Apportionment. The 90 Day Visitor’s Visa is free.

Getting There: It cost me GTQ25 for a lancha to get across the lake from Panajachel.

Drink / Partying:

I was out almost every night. It is a partying environment and there were lots of fun people around to party with. There were, also, lots of different things to do ranging from Quiz Nights to Live Music to Karaoke.

Most of the time I drank down at the El Barrio spending GTQ25 for a 1 Litre Brahva Extra beer or at the Alegre where the same beer was GTQ27. I averaged GTQ36 / night on drinks.

I averaged GTQ103 / night when I was partying.

Personal: I spent GTQ46 on getting my clothes laundered (it costs GTQ11 / kg).

Entertainment / Trips: I spent a total of GTQ423 on lots of different entertainment.

Shopping:  San Pedro is one of the very few places that sell rolling tobacco; I stocked up. 40g of tobacco (identical to Drum) costs GTQ28 and a pack of papers GTQ10. I spent GTQ460 in total.

Other / Gifts: I have included tips for food in the price of the food (above). These tips are for other things.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at GTQ270 / NZ$53 / US$38 / €36 / £31 per day. This was 67% of my total budget … I had 33% left to play with.


Cost Of Existence (COE):


I suggest that GRANDPAckers start looking for Hotel ‘specials’ online (with someone like BOOKING.COM or EXPEDIA.COM or AGODA.COM) several weeks in advance and book their first 2 nights only. You should easily get a room for US$20 / night.

On arrival, walk around the hotels and negotiate your longer term stay. Away from the ‘main drag’, there are several options for GTQ85 / night (excluding Breakfast).

Transport: There is a budget for you to go to different towns around the lake by lancha once each week.

Communications: I have included a prepaid Tigo SIMcard with a 1 Month 1.5GB ‘Mes Social’ plan for GTQ166.

Food: I have budgeted for you to have something like a ‘Desayuno Tipico’ Breakfast (which should include a coffee) in a cheap local cafe, a Lunchtime ‘snack’, and a Dinner from the lower quartile of a Budget Restaurant.

Water should be provided free at your hotel. If not, you will need to buy 5 Gallon bottles (these are cheap at GTQ10 / refill).


The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about GTQ269 / NZ$53 / US$38 / €36 / £31 per day.


This leaves you 33% of your daily budget to LIVE on.


San Pedro La Laguna (and other towns around Lake Atitlan) is a good and affordable Holiday Destination for GRANDPAckers.

It is cheaper than most of the other Tourist destinations in Guatemala … and offers just as much (if not more).

San Pedro LL has made it into my Retirement REVIEWS.


San Pedro LL is, also, an excellent and affordable location to learn Spanish.

This is what a GRANDPAcking couple’s budget would be to live in San Pedro for 1 month to take 4 weeks of Spanish classes:

To keep within budget, GRANDPAckers would need to:

  • Take joint Spanish classes in the Spanish School (1 teacher to 2 GRANDPAckers)
  • Stay in a School Homestay (inclusive of meals 6 days each week)

You should be able to do this for only 90% of your daily budget … which will leave you a little bit over to enjoy the odd night out.

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