What to Take
Guatemala’s huge variety of ecosystems also means you might find yourself changing clothes more often than a Milan runway model.
It’s a good idea to dress in layers. Pack a good assortment of short-sleeved T-shirts, sweaters and/or fleece, shorts, and pants. Synthetic fabrics that are quick-drying can wick away moisture during strenuous hikes in the backcountry.
Lightweight travel pants are best for trips to jungle areas where mosquitoes are a concern. Where mosquitoes are rampant, stick to light-colored and lightweight shirts with long sleeves you can roll up.
Pack a light rain jacket and at least a sweater or two. Also pack sunscreen, bug spray, and a wide-brimmed hat or ball cap.
Footwear is extremely important. For serious jungle hiking, bring high, military-style boots that will protect against mud and snakes.
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