what we spent: month two

budget: £30 GBP / $50 USD per day 

total budget: £900 / $1500

total spent: £957 / $1602

avg. daily spend : £32 / $54

all costs are for two people. 

days on budget:    7%

days under budget:  57%

days over budget:   36%


Our second month was largely spent in Guatemala, with four days in Belize. We made the decision to leave Belize earlier than planned as it was simply proving too costly. The sea-change after stepping off the boat in Guatemala was marked, with excellent accommodation, a couple meals out and a few beers still leaving us with change out of the daily budget. 

When in Guatemala, Tikal is definitely a must-see and this was our largest expense. There are few options for visiting it cheaply but some savings can be made if you shop around the numerous tour groups.

A fantastic budget discovery for us in Guatemala was 'desayuno tipico'.  This breakfast is served all over the country, with the median price being 25 GTQ / £1.9  per person, but we found the cheapest (and actually best) version for 15 GTQ / £1.15 per person (including your coffee). Upper-end or more tourist-focussed restaurants will often mark-up the price on this dish quite significantly (38-45 GTQ/ £2.9 - 3.5), so those on a budget should take time to find the more economical establishments. 


total: £255 / $427

avg. cost per double room: £8.5 / $14

most expensive: £18 / $30

cheapest: £5.4 / $9

accommodation: 27%


total: £127 / $213

Most expensive: £29 / $48.5

Belize to Guatemala (boat)

Cheapest: £2.3 / $3.8

Semuc Champey to Lanquin (pick-up truck)

transport: 13% 


total: £261 / $437

most expensive: £10.4 / $17

cheapest: £2.3 / $3.8

eating out: 27% 


total: £104 / $174

If only they would charge more for a beer in Guatemala - we might spend less! 

alcohol: 11%


Total: £19.6 / $33

We spent almost two weeks in Flores, with no kitchen. Thankfully eating out was nice and cheap!

groceries: 2%


total: £53 / $89

 

sweets & treats: 6% 


total: £16 / $27

A few trips t the laundry cost us a little more than we would have liked.

toiletries: 2%


total: £80 / $134

Tikal sunset tour + entrance fee: £41 / $69

As with most things in Guatemala - activities are cheap!

activities: 8%


total: £23 / $38.5

Belize exit fees at Punta Gorda. 

crossing borders: 2.5%


how much does it cost to travel elsewhere in central america?