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The Complete Guide To Renting The Best And Cheapest Cars In Guatemala

How to Compare Prices For Finding The Best And Cheapest Car To Rent In Guatemala

In order to find the best and cheapest car for renting in Guatemala, You can use the price comparison engine. This is extremely easy. To compare the prices of the cars you should type in the country that you’re visiting i.e Guatemala followed by the City and finally the pickup area.

If your drop off destination is not the same as the pickup destination then you can check the “drop off car at different location” checkbox and then enter the drop off destination in the search field. Following this, You must choose the pickup and the drop off date along with the time of the delivery. Check the driver age box or enter the age of the driver if it is below 30 or above 65 and then click on search. This will show you all the cars available in your preferred city of choice along with all the necessary information so that you can choose the cheapest car to rent in Guatemala.


Guatemala is South Americas most diverse country with awe-inspiring landscapes that are sure to captivate every traveller..


This comprehensive guide has been carefully crafted in order to make sure you get the best and most affordable deals when renting cars in Guatemala whether it is for a business trip or a family vacation.


Vehicle Types For Rent In Guatemala

Guatemala car rental companies offer various cars for rent at affordable prices in various parts of the countries. These cars can all be categorized into seven types that are detailed below.

Renting Economy Cars (4 Seater Cars):

These cars are appropriate if you have only a few people travelling with you. This is certainly the best option to pick if you’re low on cash or just don’t care about the vehicle and only regard it as something that takes you from point A to point B.

The Cheapest Economy Cars To Rent In Guatemala

Renting The Mazda 2

The Mazda 2 is one of the cheapest cars that you can rent in Guatemala. This sedan is perfect for businessmen or small families. For further details refer to the link below which gives a detailed overview of the car. 

Specifications:

  • 5 Seats
  • 4 Doors
  • Automatic Gearbox
  • Price for 1 day:US $43
  • Price for 1 month: US $1,184
  • Full Protection:  $57
  • Cancellation 48 Hours before pickup available.
  • Airport Pickup Available.

Renting The Mitsubishi Lancer

If you’re looking for a smaller car to squeeze through the narrow lanes of Guatemala then the Lancer is the best car to rent. Though it is quite a bit more expensive than the Mazda and is close to the premium cars section.

For a more detailed view of the car, Refer to the video below.

Specifications:

  • 4 Seats
  • 4 Doors
  • Automatic Gearbox
  • Rent Price For a Day: 72$
  • Rent Price For a month: $1,683
  • Full Protection:  $57
  • Cancellation 48 Hours before pickup available
  • Airport Pickup Available

Renting Luxury Cars

If you wish to travel in luxury and style then luxury cars are the way to go. These are usually higher priced but have are sure to make your travels as comfortable as possible though you’ll have a hard time finding any car that is truly luxurious due to Guatemala’s low use of personal cars for travelling and reliance on the public transport network. 

The Cheapest Luxury Vehicle To Rent In Guatemala

Renting A Nissan Altima

This is the most premium car that you can get in Guatemala. It is no BMW or Mercedes but if you want to travel with the most comfort in the city then this is one of the few options that you have considering that the luxury car scene in the country isn’t all that great. Watch the video below for a more in-depth view of the car.

Specifications:

  • 5 Seats
  • 4 Doors
  • Automatic Gearbox
  • Rent Price For a Day: $148
  • Rent Price For a Month: $4,002
  • Full Protection:  $57
  • Cancellation 48 Hours before pickup available
  • Airport Pickup Available

Renting SUVs

If you need a vehicle that can hold an extra person or just want to travel in a car that’s not too cramped up then renting an SUV  is a very good idea. Due to Guatemala’s low number of drivers. We could only find one SUV that was available for rent.

Cheapest SUVs To Rent in Guatemala

Renting The Toyota Hilux

If you’re looking for a strong, comfortable and spacious vehicle to cruise the roads of Guatemala then the Toyota Hilux is the best SUV you can rent. It also happens to be one of the cheapest SUV to rent in Guatemala. The video below provides a good review for the vehicle.

Specifications:

  • 5 Seats
  • 4 Doors
  • Automatic Gearbox
  • Rent Price For A Day: 89$
  • Rent Price For A Month:1,962$
  • Full Protection:  $57
  • Cancellation 48 Hours before pickup available
  • Airport Pickup Available

Renting The Hyundai Santa Fe

If you’re looking for a more premium looking SUV without an open back for luggage then the Hyundai Santa Fe is a great option. This along with the previous SUV is one of the cheapest SUV you can rent in Guatemala

Specifications:

  • 5 Seats
  • 4 Doors
  • Automatic Gearbox
  • Rent Price For A Day: 90$
  • Rent Price For A Month:2,357$
  • Full Protection:  $57
  • Cancellation 48 Hours before pickup available
  • Airport Pickup Available

Renting A 7 to 9 Seater Car In Guatemala

If you plan to visit Guatemala with an entourage of people then getting a 7 to 9 seater is a no brainer. This will allow you to hold about 7 people and a bunch of baggage.

The Cheapest 7 to 15 Seater Vehicle For Rent In Guatemala

Renting The Nissan Urvan

Guatemala has a variety of large vehicles. The Nissan Urvan is a large van that can fit in 15 people. Perfect for large family/friend sight seeing. The vehicle is extremely comfortable to sit in and pretty sleek looking. The video below showcases this better than any words can.

Specifications:

  • 15 Seats
  • Automatic Gearbox
  • 4 Doors
  • 1 Day rental cost: US $103
  • 1 Month Rental Cost: US $2,708
  • Full Protection: US $57
  • Cancellation 48 Hours before pickup
  • Airport Pickups Available at most places

Renting The Kia Carnival

If a van is not something you’re looking for and instead want a 7 wheeler vehicle than the Kia Carnival is exactly what you’re looking for. The Kia Carnival is the cheapest 7 wheeler car that you can rent in Guatemala

Specifications:

  • 8 Seats
  • Automatic Gearbox
  • 4 Doors
  • 1 Day rental cost: US $167
  • 1 Month Rental Cost: US $4,503
  • Full Protection: US $57
  • Cancellation 48 Hours before pickup
  • Airport Pickups Available at most places


Rental Companies:

Guatemala’s leading car rental companies are dominated by Heartz, Europcar and Alamo. Each operates hundreds of outlets across Guatemala, offering cars in all sizes and, in some cases, large vans, buses, and RVs.

Driving In Guatemala

An International Driving License or Local License is required in order to rent a car in Guatemala. International driving permits are not available in Guatemala and must be brought from the home country.

GPS Navigation

Most rental cars come with a GPS navigation system built into the dash. The systems in some vehicles can be set to display the map and menus and to read directions in English, however English capable systems are not available from every rental company or outlet. 

Gas Station

The Gas Stations are found all over Guatemala and are usually fully serviced though self service gas stations have been increasing in recent times.

Petrol Cost: 0.70 Eur/ltr

Diesel: 0.65 Eur/ltr

Parking

There are many small parking garages laid out throughout the cities. Some parking spots are paid by the hour while others are usually free. With a little patience finding a parking spot should not be a very difficult job assuming you’re not going out during a holiday or festival since there is a lot of street entertainments in the cities.

Road And Rules In Guatemala

  • Cars drive on the right side of the road
  • Minimum age of driving is 18
  • Minimum age to rent is 21
  • Drinking and driving is strictly prohibited
  • Most roads are Tollfree with the exception of some expressways.
  • Road conditions are usually good but traffic is a problem in the cities.
  • Urban Speed Limit: 50kph
  • Rural Speed Limit: 80kph
  • Motorway Speed Limit: 110kph
  • Drink Drive Limit: 80mg

Tourist Spots To Visit In Guatemala

El Mirador:

 El Mirador - rent in guatemala
El Mirador

This was a major Mayan City that was abandoned at the end of the 9th century BC. The city has now been reclaimed by the forest and traveling there requires a grueling journey of five days through the jungle. Definitely not something that everyone can do but it’s certainly a journey that no one ever forgets.

Volcan Pacaya:

 Volcan Pacaya - rent in guatemala
Volcan Pacaya

Located close to Antigua is an active volcano that needs dedication to climb. Due to its nature it’s not very safe and there must be planning that must be done before you decide to climb it and see the magnificent view that it offers.

Tikal:

Tikal - rent in guatemala
Tikal

one of the most popular tourist spots in Guatemala. This was a major Mayan city boasting a population of a quarter million people. Now it is a wildlife preserve with the surroundings filled with exotic animals and birds. You’ll need atleast 2 days to properly explore this place at the very least.

Lago De Atitlan

Lago De Atitlan - rent in guatemala
Lago De Atitlan

Lake Atitlán was described by Aldous Huxley as the most beautiful lake in the world. Situated in the Guatemalan highlands, the lake is a stunning exhibition of natural splendor. The portal to Lake Atitlán, the city of Panajachel, is also a portal to an indigenous world of the Mayans and other ancient peoples. It is a beautiful area, with many tourist attractions, opportunities for exploration, scuba diving and learning Spanish.


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