The Guatemala Tourist Commission, known as INGUAT, has offices in Guatemala City (city and airport), Antigua, Panajachel, Quetzaltenango, and Flores (city and airport). The Antigua and Panajachel offices are excellent; staff members at the others are helpful but have few resources beyond free maps to hand out. The offices can also put you in contact with the Tourist Police, who run free escort services to visit popular sights. The ubiquitous "tourist information" signs you see around Antigua, Panajachel, Quetzaltenango, and Flores are private agencies looking to sell you their own tours rather than unbiased sources of information.
Guatemala Tourist Commission (INGUAT) 2421–2800. www.visitguatemala.com.
Online Travel Tools
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All About Guatemala
Guatemala Tourist Commission, Guatemala's official tourism site, has overviews of different destinations in Guatemala and is a useful pre-trip planning resource. www.visitguatemala.com.
Guatemalaweb is run by a local travel agent and has useful advice about Guatemala's different regions. www.guatemalaweb.com.
Latin American Network Information Center, based at the University of Texas, provides a wealth of tourism, arts, academic, cultural, business, and political links to Internet information about Guatemala and Latin America. lanic.utexas.edu.
Turansa has general information about travel in Guatemala and some good maps. www.turansa.com.
Google does currency conversion. Just type in the amount you want to convert and an explanation of how you want it converted (e.g., "14 Guatemalan quetzals in dollars"), and then voilà. www.google.com.
Oanda.com also allows you to print out a handy table with the current day's conversion rates. www.oanda.com.
XE.com is a good currency-conversion Web site. www.xe.com.
Prensa Libre is the country's most respected daily newspaper (in Spanish). www.prensalibre.com.
Revue Magazine, the online version of a monthly English-language magazine, has articles on travel as well as local news and culture. www.revuemag.com.
Siglo XXI is a Spanish-language daily newspaper. www.sigloxxi.com.
Transportation Security Administration www.tsa.gov.
Timeanddate.com can help you figure out the correct time anywhere. www.timeanddate.com/worldclock.
Accuweather.com is an independent weather-forecasting service with good coverage of hurricanes. www.accuweather.com.
Weather.com is the Web site for the Weather Channel. www.weather.com.
The World Factbook, published by the CIA, has profiles of every country in the world. It's a good source if you need some quick facts and figures. www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook.