249.20 USD Per Month Room in Rio Dulce Guatemala

249.20 USD Per Month Room in Rio Dulce Guatemala

Proving I can live for under 500 Dollars per month in Tropical Paradise locations all over the planet. Here is a video explaining my Hotel in Rio Dulce, Guatemala. I work on the internet; therefore, I pay an additional 50-100 Dollars per month as a business related cost for 24/7 Internet access. I can easily get a room here for 125-150 Dollars per month without the Internet access.

Andy Graham, a.k.a Me in front of the Swimming Pool at the Hotel La Fonda Escondida where I have lived for the last month for 249 dollars. Note, an apartment is usually cheaper than a hotel; a hotel is competing with tourist, while an apartment needs to stay at local pricing, therefore can be much cheaper.

Rio Dulce, Fronteras, Guatemala --- Monday, July 26, 2010
On the river by the name "Rio Dulce" in the city of Fronteras, Guatemala
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com


Video of the Hotel La Fonda Escondida

This is the Despensa Grocery, owned by Walmart here on the Rio Dulce River in Guatemala. The back of this grocery is on the river and boats, drive up to the back, and park. I always make my travelers nest close to a super market, life is cheaper.

ATM machine, I have not used Traveler Checks in 12 years of travel, the word has ATM machines, even in Africa.

Contrary to any mythical, misinformed opinions, there is always medical assistance and Doctors close. Yes, I admit, if I wanted to get better treatment for something special, I would go four hours by bus to Guatemala City, but most medical problems are simple.

Mario the owner of this Internet Café behind the BanRural Bank helped me buy a new cord for my Laptop Computer. Mario speaks perfect English and truly a good person to help with Computer problems.

If you want knowledge here in Rio Dulce, I recommend you talk with Jody at the small convenience store in front of Brunos, however I do not recommend you stay a Brunos, for tourist, I suppose Tijax is best, but sort of in a swamp to live, but for tourist we can call it a Jungle….

View from the bridge that goes over the Rio Dulce (River Sweet). Note, anywhere near that bridge is a horribly noisy location for a month. If you want super cheap, try the Sindy Hotel next to La Fonda Escondida or other hotels in the center of the city. The super nice apartments for cheap, would be towards San Felipe.

I lived here in Rio Dulce to see if I like the Sailor bunch, let me explain it this way. There are people who love their dog more than people. Well, I think Sailors love their boats more than people, and focus on objects; I always want to find nice people, Sailing is not the same goal. I may one day hitch a ride here and there on a sailboat. However, unless someone gives me a Sailboat for free, which for sure would be easy enough to do, I am not going to be living on Sailboat soon.

This is the Sundog Bar, the central hangout for expats or foreigners in this area. Not many women, mostly this is a bar for crusty old sailor types, a hard drinking bunch. Yet, if you want an answer to a question, this is the best place to ask.

Rio Dulce is about a 2 on a 10-point scale for women, 10 is the best --- I met these three beauties and soon found out, they are Latinas living in California who came back to visit their families. (Imported)

Review is Finished

I came to Rio Dulce to explore the lifestyle of sailors, I am leaving less enthused. I think the life is too solitary for me, and for sure, this bunch drinks more beer than they sail. Now, the world is big, I am sure there are many ports, but this hurricane safe port was my best choice in the Caribbean area of the planet.

I am positive now I can get a 37-40 foot sailboat for less than 5000 dollars without a problem, when I want one, if I want one, most owners of Sailboat pay continuously for something they seldom use.

I am off to San Pedro Sula, Honduras tomorrow; I think I will go find another 200 Dollar room in Tela, Honduras for month. This is located right on the ocean, and should be more interesting culturally.

249.20 USD Per Month Room in Rio Dulce Guatemala


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Andy, When is your book going to be completed? And how do you manage to avoid the CA-4 rule? Keep up the great work!

The book should bre finished by September 15, 2010.

I do not know what the CA-4 rule is, therefore easy to avoid... hehehe I googled it ,but did not understand even the nature of this..

Hi Andy!

Great report!
I'm thinking of heading to Guatemala later on this year after i've spent some time on the Mexican carribean coast (again), so found your report really helpful and the movie making is an excellent idea....so much more than just photos!

One disspointment though.... you didn't show us the inside of the rooms!
That would have really satisfied the curiosity of quality to price ratio!

Anyway, keep doing the vids man, very viral!



Thanks for the post Andy. I really enjoyed it.

I'm amazed at how nice and how cheap are your accommodations. And I appreciate your insights on renting an apt. instead of a hotel.

My wife and I traveled the US last year and she had internet access wherever we were for like an extra $35 via Verizon. (I think that's what she paid. She watched her soaps as I'm driving down the highway.) So I'm not sure why you have to pay an extra $100, maybe because not in US.

I was a live-aboard for a little over a year. And for that time it was nice. After awhile, I got tired of the small surroundings. All I ever did besides living on my boat, was going out sailing and fishing, and to Catalina. And I agree, sailing does seem solitary.

That's smart holing up next to a grocery. I'd try to find a golf course, but I think I'd be SOL.

Internet in the room is a quirky benefit, the expensive hotels in the tropics seldom have it adequate, only in the common areas. Small Mom and Pop Hotels have it because they want their children to use the Internet, this does not apply for expensive hotels so they have crap for Internet.

When I jump off the "Internet in Hotel" system completely, I can drop down half the price of someone smart enough to have Internet in under-developed countries.

I am saying, I am can rent rooms for 3-5 dollars without a problem in Central and South America that are good, but they will not have Internet. 5-10 if they have Internet, just because the owners are more clever about marketing.

What sets the price of rooms has little to do with the quality room. The marketing of the room sets the price, and a few fantasies desired by tourist.

For example,I was at the Tijax here, I saw Mosquito Nets, the rooms are about 20-100 dollars. I thought to myself, only a total crap room has Mosquito Nets, why? Because a good room has screens on the windows...

Truly I said it wrong, I pay double to get rooms with WIFI or 24/7 Internet in my room. The Internet USB Modem will soon become standard, and I will be able to travel anywhere with even cheaper room.

Tigo offers a chip here, about 30 dollars per month, this allows 8 gigs of transfer. Well, I am downloading entertainment from torrents so I can go to Africa. I am stocking up to go off the English language grid.

Within 3 years, USB Modems will be standard around the world.

Hey Andy,

Regarding entertainment in Africa, you will find that most African countries are served via sattelite tv, a range of free to air english language channels - they also have arabic subtitles.
The network is based in Egypt and transmits on nilesat satellite throughout north africa (at least) and the arabic world.

The network is called MBC, and they have around 4 channels, all english speaking including many american programmes and lots of box office american movies.

Hope that helps, so you can calm down on the downloading!


Hi Andy,

When you say you can easily get a 40 feel sailing boat for under $5000, I guess you mean $50.000?


5000 Five Thousand and 00/100 Dollars

There is maybe 600 Boats in this Rio Dulce area and may five percent of the boats are used. There are tons of close to abandoned boats.

Yes, a person must sit in a place for a month or two and to find the boat, but saving 45,000 dollars is worth the time. Boat owners are not the sharpest tacks with their money...

Best way, but a dinghy boat to go up and down this river, contact all the marina here, and walk up to every boat.

Get on this website forum and prod around.


Get on the morning radio talk and say, I want a cheap boat,

Then you must allow the owners to save face, and never talk about it to the locals, because many people want to leave their money hole and leave.

Chase after hurricane is another, or follow this oil slick.

I have found a couple 4000 dollars boats, if I wanted a boat, I would buy a boat. I am not sure I want the lifestyle.

Andy Graham

I learned what the CA-4 rule is. the shared visa for 4 countries.

Visas are the easy part of travel, unless you do not travel, then they are the worry. Flying into Africa and getting visas is a problem, central America is a breeze.

CA-4 Rule:
"Tourists may travel within any of the CA-4 countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) for a period of up to 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints."

I did a 90 day extension with El Rancho in Panajachel. There is a man that will extend visa here in Rio Dulce. I could have went to Guatemala and got a 90 day extension at the embassy of Guatemala.

I do often stay in one country longer than 90 days, and recommend people not stay longer, life is too short to devout that much time to one country.

Sweden is too cold ever be called paradise, or the USA for that matter,

When a person must work or die from the cold, this could never be Paradise.

Between 35 North latitude, and 35 South latitude, is where life is easy. It took me a long time to realize that cold weather induced people to work hard, and then accumulated consumer items. Then somehow they consider themselves fortunate to be working all the time to buy a lot of consumer items.

What is truly sad, the people in the colder regions of the world are so stressed, it has become too stressful for me to converse with them, this saddens my Mother I am sure, she knows I am not happy to talk with Americans. I call people in the USA and the mantra is, "I am busy."

Truly any person saying that is not in Paradise. I know one thing, I am not busy, I am not even slightly busy.

However, I am quite sure I have the skill sets to live in Sweden on 500 dollars per month, but not sure the average Joe could. I on the other hand know the average Joe could live in the 35 latitude ring easy enough.

A valuable perspective on the cruising lifestyle, being its coming from a person in your position. I don't think a lot of people really think through what owning a boat means. It might be a step up for a lot of people living the daily grind but, as you said, there are tradeoffs to be made when your attached to such a huge liability. It almost seems as if its trading one ankle weight (consumerism and the rat race) for another. However, i do know of some people who seem to make a great life of it, but they keep their boats crewed at all times, and therefore aren't ever short of companionship.

Freedom really does seem to be all about flexibility, which means keeping what you own and what you are responsible for to a minimum.

j-brakes from the truck you here i was watching the vid. the site looked def from the last time i was here. So how life been to you man long time no talk

j-brakes from the truck you here i was watching the vid. the site looked def from the last time i was here. So how life been to you man long time no talk

There's a voice that keeps on calling me
Down the road, that's where I'll always be.
Every stop I make, I make a new friend,
Can't stay for long, just turn around and I'm gone again
Down this road that never seems to end,
Where new adventure lies just around the bend.
So if you want to drive me for a while,
Just grab your hat, come travel light, that's hobo style.

Nice place there and cheap. Seems like it's a great place to spend some time.

Thanks ALOT for the CA-4 rules as I will be heading in that direction within the next year or two and have guestimated about 8 t0 10 months traveling time. In regards to the PRICE of RENT anywhere as you know there are comparable / competitive forces which influence any hotel / guest house / hostel / apartment / house owner's decision on what rate to publish and whether seasonal rates apply for the specific area or if it's a large city usually the year round daily, weekly , monthly, 3 month , 6 month and yearly rates which they decide to charge, And of course the guests, renters, tourists, travelers, tenants add to that factor as any entrepreneur knows, what ever decision was made it's doesn't mean anything if your spaces / rooms/ units are VACANT. Every country differs depending on how involved the wealthier upper classes ( financially ) are in being landlords or hotel owners or invested in tourism where there are more involvement the competition is FIERCE so the rates are LOW. Where there's less competition the rates remain higher than even neigboring countries in the region.

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