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Tips for Expats Driving in Livingston

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Livingston.

1. Driving Conditions

Livingston is a small town and most of the roads are unpaved and can be quite rough. During the rainy season, these roads can become muddy and difficult to navigate. Therefore, it’s recommended to have a 4×4 vehicle if you plan on driving around the town and surrounding areas.

2. Parking

Parking is generally not a problem in Livingston as it’s a small town with less traffic compared to larger cities. However, always ensure to park in a safe and well-lit area. Parking is usually free in most areas, but some private parking lots may charge a small fee.

3. Driving License

Foreigners can drive in Guatemala using an international driving license for up to 30 days. After this period, you will need to obtain a Guatemalan driving license. To do this, you will need to go to the Department of Transit (Departamento de TrĂ¡nsito) with your valid foreign license, passport, and a medical certificate. You may also need to take a driving test.

4. Road Safety

Always be cautious when driving in Livingston, especially during the night. The roads are not well-lit and pedestrians, bicycles, and animals can often be on the road. Also, local drivers may not always follow traffic rules, so be prepared for unexpected maneuvers.

5. Car Rental

If you don’t plan on driving regularly, renting a car might be a more convenient option. There are several car rental companies in the nearby city of Puerto Barrios. Always ensure to check the condition of the car before renting and make sure it has all the necessary documents.

6. Public Transportation

Public transportation is widely available in Livingston and is a good alternative to driving. Tuk-tuks are a common mode of transport within the town, while boats are used to travel to nearby areas. Buses are also available for longer distances.

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