This is the ferry out of Monterrico on the way up to the museum in Estanzuela. Our little rental car, they put two hunks of wood where the tires go and you drive on, very low tech. Renting a car in Guatemala is not a big deal. If you have a credit card for insurance for damage to the car and liability insurance for any damage done to anything else it is inexpensive as well. The catch is you must bring copies of the insurance declaration pages to prove your coverage. You can call or email the credit card company and they will email you proof of coverage. It is simple fast and free. Print up the page and bring it with a copy of the page showing liability insurance and the car should run between $10 and $15 per day, less by the week of course. We have rented cars in Guatemala from Payless, World and Alamo. I think this car was $210 for 21 days, 3 weeks.
I have had great service from Alamo. I think Beatrice is the manager and when we first rented from them, she noted we had rented at Payless and World and said she would earn our repeat business, and she has. We have rented from them several times now 5-6? Once in Antigua someone broke our car window and stole the battery. We never leave anything in the car so there was nothing else to steal. We called Alamo and went to breakfast, when we got back to the car maybe 45 minutes to an hour later, someone from Alamo was waiting for us! We felt bad he was waiting on us, I never expected they would be so fast.
They had a new car for us, pulled our dead car onto a trailer and went with the dead car leaving us with a new car and maybe an hour of inconvenience. Which since we were eating breakfast the only real inconvenience was walking to a local eatery instead of going to Valhalla for macadamia nut pancakes! My mom was there and when we went to her hotel to get her said, “I thought your car was silver”? It was now we have a gold one. When we returned the car the bill for the new window, battery and towing was added onto the credit card. I think it ran about $300 (which is more than the car rental for 2 weeks) I submit pictures and the bill to the credit card company by email and received a check for the $300 (or what ever it was) in under 2 weeks. I must say it was pretty simple and painless.
One of many cars we have rented in Guatemala the one they broke the window to open the door and steal the battery.
I prefer a car with a trunk so when we are between hotels and have luggage or other things that scream TOURIST they can be unseen in the trunk as opposed to in the hatchback area with a window. I also generally pay a tad more for an automatic transmission. Tony can drive anything (and anywhere!!!) but it is easier and more relaxing to not have to be shifting on hills. Guatemala is ALL hills. I never drive. I tease my driving makes Tony sick but he gets carsick when he is not driving. We never drive at night in areas we do not know, we stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or tweensies. We stop to look at any random thing that strikes our fancy or just to stretch Tony has a bad back and while vacationing the rule for the day is relax and have fun. This was a great trip and as always I would love to be there now!