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GUATEMALA

Apr 2 - 30 | May 7 - Jun 4

4 weeks Coliving & Coworking in Antigua

Guatemala is a place that will mesmerize you with its colonial architecture, volcano-specked landscapes, delicious coffee and a culture influenced by the Mayan empire. It's going to be the 2nd time will be back for a chapter in Antigua, Guatemala – a Central American destination we have little doubt will become a fast favorite of our Tribe. 


Surrounded by Volcanoes

Guatemala is home to over 20 volcanoes, giving this country a unique enlivened energy that's palpable the moment you arrive. Our home in Antigua is placed right at the foot of several of these magnificent volcanoes, giving you the chance to marvel at their power on a daily basis. 

Tikal Mayan Ruins

Step back thousands of years and let yourself become awe-inspired at the ancient limestone Tikal ruins, which were home to the largest indigenous population after Bolivia in all the Americas. The 6-square mile UNESCO site contains more than 3,000 buildings built by the ancient Mayan people, and is situated in the stunning Tikal National Park. Immersing in the ancient culture and architecture of the Mayan people is a stunning experience that many travel the world to see – it's all in your backyard during your month living in the cultural capital of Antigua, Guatemala. 

Acatenango volcano

A spectacular sunrise from a volcano with a view of even more volcanoes. Waking up at night from eruptions. A hike through several ecosystems upwards. It doesn’t get more impressive than conquering the volcano Acatenango.

Savor The World's Finest Coffee

If you're a coffee fanatic (and what nomad isn't?!), you're in the perfect place to explore some of the world's most delicious java. Spend your days working from local cafes while savoring some of the best coffee on the planet, then visit a coffee plantation to learn how Guatemala's coffee is made. One thing is for sure: your caffeine buzz in Guatemala is going to be one of the highest quality ones you've had! 

Explore Local Cuisine

And of course - no trip to Latin America is complete without awakening your taste buds to the local street food culture, freshly caught seafood, and locally-inspired dishes! ! 

Antigua: Postcard Perfect Cultural Capital

We couldn't create a more perfectly colonial-style haven in Central America if we tried! Most visitors to Antigua leave absolutely charmed by this colorful, colonial city surrounded by volcanoes – and you'll get to call it home for a month.  

Immerse in culture

You could spend entire afternoons wandering the charming alleys and exploring the shops, cafes, and architecture of this gorgeous city. Browse the local markets to pick up handmade crafts, immerse in the local food market scene, and just soak in the vibes of an authentic Latin American cultural capital like no other. It's the perfect place to learn Spanish, as you can sign up for classes in your free time!

Yoga and Hiking Galore 

You'll hardly find a better destination than Guatemala for adventure, movement, and connecting back to your flow. 

Lake Atitlan

The sacred shores of Lake Atitlan have attracted adventurous souls and spiritual seekers for decades. Immerse in the healing powers of nature, practice yoga in the hippy-style town of San Marcos, and watch the sun set over the lake as you relax with friends. This is truly a place to escape the grind and connect back to yourself! 


Our Home in Antigua

Our home in Antigua is renovated boutique hotel with stunning colonial architecture and magnificent mountain views from its private terrace. We've selected this place specifically with COVID front of mind – the ideal set-up during times with lots of outdoor community space: furnished rooftop terrace overlooking the city + mountain view, garden and an open outdoor dining/ coworking space. Most important 15 bedrooms, all ensuite.


We are going to stay 3 blocks from the heart of colonial downtown Antigua and lots of cafés and restaurants to explore (always with COVID precautions in mind).


The accommodation comes equipped with good internet (50 mbps fibre connection in the entire property), open common areas for work, a conference room with a large working table. A coliving setup that will make is easy for us all to be productive, feel comfortable, and have the freedom to explore this amazing country!

If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live in Antigua as a ‘digital nomad’, including internet speeds, cost of living, and coworking spaces, have a look at Nomad List’s guide. Internet  speeds and stability is generally lower and less reliable for this region. But we always have MiFi devices with mobile data as backups in all homes to make sure that we can keep working productively if there are any stability issues.


Ready to Join our Tribe in Guatemala?

Apr 2 - 30, 2021 | May 7 - Jun 4, 2021

If you're interested in our Guatemala chapter, please apply here first. If you're already a WiFi Tribe member, please please submit a booking form to reserve your place in Antigua!


Apr 2 - Apr 30: Submit the booking form

May 7 - Jun 4: Submit the booking form


Guatemala is a Tier 1  chapter. Monthly prices start from:

Private Room: $1500
Shared Room: $900

Note: the rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All shared rooms are between 2 people.


What to Expect?

Adventure / Mountains / Culture / Relaxed / Nature / Jungle / Ruins / Volcanoes

  • Accommodation: Renovated boutique hotel with stunning colonial architecture and mountain view
  • Work Space: Conference room with big work table and multiple smaller tables spread out through the whole building, as well as outdoor work space on the rooftop terrace 
  • The Tribe:  20+ members
  • Internet: Typical city internet speeds of 4 mpbs | Tribe accommodation speeds around 50 mbps
  • Pace: Relaxed! Cultural destination, with access to nature and lots of opportunities for adventure and cultural immersion! 

I'm New To This... How Does It Work?

WiFi Tribe has an annual chapter plan model: Successful applicants choose how often they want to travel with the tribe within a year and decide what chapter plan they would like. You can find out more about chapter plan prices here.


Are there changes to Chapters due to COVID?


With borders starting to open up again, we collaborated with our community to decide what our first chapters should look like – both in terms of the fun, and the necessary adaptations. With over 100 responses, we've had a lot of feedback and great ideas to work with, so you'll see a few changes to adapt to the current global pandemic.


Most importantly, we all have a responsibility to the local communities that host us in their countries to keep them safe. Of course, we are also introducing new guidelines and policies to keep one another safe and healthy while we live here together.


As you read through our guidelines below, you will see a combination of all the local government guidelines, as well as additional measures to ensure safety for everyone as we travel and live together. In addition, there will be measures specific to each chapter that will be shared with the people attending that chapter during the 2-week online meet-and-greet.


Every Tribe member has been welcomed into WiFi Tribe because we felt that there was an alignment with our 6 values: Respect, Humility, Camaraderie, Curiosity, Passion, and Inclusion. Now, it is more important than ever that we choose to live by them every day. We will enforce the following protocols as necessary, but we are confident that every member on this Chapter will respect fellow Tribe members and the local community.


For all Chapters beyond February 2021, attending members will need to complete a PCR test no more than 96 hours before arriving (regardless of the country's entry requirements). With more countries requiring a negative COVID test for entry, we're aligning our guidelines to adhere to these stricter standards. Members can complete the test in any country and will email proof of their negative test result to the Chapter Host prior to arrival.


Last time updated, January 26th 2021:

Why did we choose this location?

In addition to all of our usual considerations, we are focusing on the following:

  • Lower rates of Covid-19 infections
  • Places with greater travel accessibility (e.g., no quarantine requirements upon arrival)
  • Larger properties a little bit further outside of main cities
  • Having enough space for everyone to be comfortable
  • Accessible local medical services
  • Beautiful surrounding nature for walks and adventures where it is easier to social distance
  • Properties that will allow us to be independent and, if necessary, limit our contact with the local community.

This means that chapter locations will more likely take on a more retreat style feel, similar to our iconic Bolivia chapter. 


For more information check out this article.

Who is eligible on this chapter?

As of January 26th 2021, Guatemala does not permit the entry of travelers who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 14 days prior to their arrival. This measure is not applicable to Guatemalan nationals, diplomats or foreign nationals who are legal residents in the country. This measure came into force on 23 December 2020.


You must keep to the social distancing rules and wear a mask at all times while at the airport. Please note that 24 hours before your arrival, you are required to register via the Guatemalan Health Pass website.Upon arrival in Guatemala, you will be asked to complete an immigration form where you will be required to provide the address where you will be staying.

 

IMPORTANT: As travel regulations are changing rapidly, please make sure you double check your eligibility to enter the country by contacting your local Guatemalan embassy, regardless of your nationality or origin of travel, to confirm your continued eligibility.

How many Tribers are going to join?

Our group sizes are already limited to 25 members whether there’s a pandemic or not. 


Back in August, we didn’t customize the size of the Chapter to the type of housing we secured. We made a blanket rule to have a maximum of 18 attendees on a Chapter. Since this decision, we’ve decided to now cap the number of participants depending on the type of accommodation and the location, instead. 


For example, if we have a property with ample space inside and outdoors, lots of ensuite bathrooms, and well-ventilated community spaces, then we can host a larger group. However, if our home is compact and missing key amenities, then we’ll reduce the group size to a number that’s appropriate for the space.

Who is going to love this chapter?

Our focus has and always will be, the building of a solid, amazing community made up of brilliant, kind, conscientious people. These new chapters moving forward are going to be great for those of you that really want to build amazing relationships and be somewhere beautiful, spacious and rich in natural beauty.  


If you feel like you need something more stimulating with a lot of events and people everywhere then it may be better for you to wait it out a little longer for chapters later this year or next year. 

New Prevention Protocols

Every Chapter has a protocol document tailored to the specific location we’re in. This document details everything about the local regulations, where to get tested, and what numbers to call if symptoms appear. It’s sent to everybody who is participating in the Chapter before we arrive. 


In addition to receiving location-specific information, we’ve created guidelines for what members can and cannot do while attending a Chapter. Using internationally recognized methods for mitigating the spread of Covid-19, members must ask themselves four questions to assess if an activity or situation is safe:


If I go there or join that activity...

  1. Can I wear a mask?
  2. Can I socially distance myself (at least 2m)?
  3. Is it an open and well-ventilated area?
  4. Will less than 50 people be in attendance? 

If the answer is “no” for any of these questions, that activity doesn’t pass the test and is discouraged. If any member participates in an activity that has made others feel unsafe, we also reserve the right to ask that person to self-isolate and take a PCR test at their own cost.

Will I need a health insurance?

Your safety is our main priority which is why travel health insurance is required to participate in this chapter. While not required, we strongly recommend that you obtain an insurance policy that will cover the event of contracting COVID-19. Our partner Safety Wings has a very comprehensive insurance.

Please note that it is your responsibility to double check your health coverage.

What about social distancing?

It’s going to be a little harder to social distance while living with others, so we need to be extra mindful to ensure everyone's safety and comfort. We require the following:

  • Don’t go in each other’s bedrooms if you don’t need to.
  • Reduce physical contact with other members as much as possible.
  • If you go out, please ensure that you wash your hands when coming back into the house. Routinely disinfect your hands with alcohol gels and antibacterial wipes etc.
  • After using communal spaces please make the extra effort to keep them tidy and disinfect the surfaces. Your chapter host will make sure that there is a healthy supply of high quality cleaning products to do this.
  • While on chapter, members cannot attend gatherings with 50+ people.

Please consider where you are going - if you individually decide to do an activity like go to a gathering, or crowded place, you could put your fellow Tribers and the local community at risk. Please think about going on adventures that keep you together with the Tribe and involve big open spaces with plenty of light and ventilation.

Will I need to wear a face mask?

  • Everyone should bring a supply of masks with them. Preferably masks that are washable and reusable so that it’s sustainable.
  • At home, you don’t need to wear masks unless you are cooking for others. 
  • All Tribers must wear their masks when outside the property, particularly in places like supermarkets, local shops or any public spaces where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained at all times.
  • While in restaurants and cafes, please wear a mask other than while eating.
  • Will the accommodation be cleaned regularly?

  • Be sure to be considerate. Cover your mouth when you cough and then remember to disinfect your hands afterwards. We will make sure there is alcohol gel stationed in as many areas of the accommodation as appropriate.
  • For people sharing a room - please be extra considerate of one another and keep things tidy as much as possible.
  • When you’ve finished working and you pack up for the day, if you’ve worked on a table, please give the table a wipe down ready for the next person.
  • Specific Measures

    While the Guatemalan government’s mandatory curfew ended on 30 September, the system of health alerts remains in effect, with regulations on social distancing to be maintained within businesses and other public facilities based on the health alert level in each location. Each town has been assigned a color. The color responds to the number of positive Covid cases reported, with red being the highest number of cases, amber being a high number of cases, yellow being a moderate number of cases and green being a lower number of cases. For information about the specific restrictions in the town where you are, check the Government of Guatemala website.

    Members can not break any local regulations or restrictions. This includes regulations like curfews, attending large gatherings, purchasing alcohol outside of approved times, etc.

    What is the guest policy?

    Is Bonus Tribing available?

    Weekend Trips

    Health

    Are we expected to quarantine on arrival?

    As of Sep 18th 2020, you are not expected to quarantine upon arrival unless you test positive for covid-19. 


    IMPORTANT: For the safety of all members and the local community, all members will be required to take a PCR  Covid19 test within 96 hours of arrival. We are looking into finalizing a partnership with a local clinic. The cost of the test is estimated to be 200 USD, of which 50% will be covered by WiFi Tribe.  

    What is Guatemala’s policy when it comes to Covid-19?

    You must keep to the social distancing rules and wear a mask at all times while at the airport.


    Please note that 24 hours before your arrival, you are required to register via the Guatemalan Health Pass  website.


    Upon arrival in Guatemala, you will be asked to complete an immigration form where you will be required to provide the address where you will be staying. 


    We strongly recommend you revisit their site periodically and 72-48 hrs before your departure.

    Guatemala Health Measures

    Guatemala has a traffic light system to manage their local health measures. Every two week each department and municipality “dictates” separately which “light” (aka restrictions) are applicable. Antigua is the municipality and it is located in the department of Sacatepéquez . You can check the weekly updated restrictions here:
    https://covid19.gob.gt/semaforo.html

    Green: Most activities are permitted. Here are the full restrictions. 


    Yellow: Flexible restrictions applied to commercial activities.Here are the full restrictions.


    Orange: Restricted public transport, and open commercial activities but with capacity restrictions. No more than 10 people per restaurant table. Here are the full restrictions. 


    Red: No public transport, mobility reduced to plate numbers, all malls and social activities are fully restricted. Here are the full restrictions.


    General Measures

    • Masks must be worn by adults and children in public transport or in enclosed public spaces, except when eating or drinking, doing physical exercise and/or if you are disabled or have a respiratory condition.
    • You must keep an interpersonal distance (set at 2 metres).
    • The use of products for individual hygiene (hydroalcoholic gels and soap) is encouraged.

    Specific Measures https://www.guatemala.com/historias/actualidad/covid-19-explicacion-colores-semaforo-guatemala.html

    • Beaches, pools and other nature areas - Open with a max capacity of 60%
    • Restaurants - Open and each establishment has their own rules. 
    • Archeological sites - Sites are currently not open

      Important: The local health number to call in case of Covid symptoms is 1517 from a local phone only

    COVID-19 testing on arrival

    All members attending this Chapter now need to provide a negative PCR test result up to 96 hours before arriving to the Chapter accommodations. 


    Members can complete the test in any country and must email proof of their negative test result to the Chapter Host prior to arrival. Due to differences in healthcare and currencies, the cost of the test will be member’s responsibility.


    Please email hello@wifitribe.co if you are currently booked on this Chapter and have question.

    What if you feel unwell?

    If you start feeling unwell, the first thing you need to do is:

    • Contact your chapter host immediately. You should send a message on Slack and explain your symptoms. Please note that depending on your symptoms we might be required to follow the local health protocols. 
    • Regardless of the symptoms, please limit your contact with other people and wear your mask.
    • Your chapter host will assist you if you need to go to the hospital or we need to send for a doctor.
    • You will need to follow up with your insurance policy to deal with any costs but the host will be there to support and keep checking in to make sure you’re doing okay.

    We are a family, so be considerate and kind. If you can help with preparing healthy food or doing a little extra grocery shopping to help and keep your fellow Triber well fed and feeling loved, then let's do that and get through it together.

    Medication

    We recommend that you bring any medicine you may need with you to troubleshoot minor ailments. To prevent misunderstanding at customs, please ensure you bring them in their original packaging. For any medication that requires a prescription, please make sure you bring the original transcript. As a starting point we suggest to bring:

    • Paracetamol
    • Ibuprofen
    • Anti-Histamines 
    • Please bring a working digital thermometer so that your temperature can also be checked. 

    What happens if I or someone in the house gets infected with Covid-19?

    All of our Chapter Hosts will follow a robust process if someone in the group becomes unwell, needs to self isolate, or tests positive for Covid-19.  Our processes are taken from EU medical authorities and will work in combination with all local protocols. 


    At a high-level, if anyone tests positive we’re requiring all members to self-isolate until a medical professional can administer a new test at least 4 days from their last contact with the ill person. If a government provides separate housing for those with a positive test, we’ll work with local authorities to safely move them to the approved location. If governments don’t provide housing, we’ll help the ill member secure new accommodations immediately and arrange transportation that limits human contact as much as possible.


    Do these guidelines make a Chapter Covid-19 proof? No, they don’t. We recognize the impossibility of completely eliminating the risks. Our aim is to limit our exposure as much as we can and make decisions that protect local communities, our members, and teammates.

    What to do if you feel people are putting others at risk?


    If you feel that a member is doing something that puts you at risk, you have the following options:

    • Fill out the anonymous reporting form
    • Speak directly to your chapter host
    • Speak to the people involved and ask them to be more considerate. This approach is very much dependent on the situation and the people involved so this is not an expectation but an option.

    We would ask everybody to remember that when living in a collective situation, you have to be mindful of people around you. We reserve the right to ask people to leave if they are taking unnecessary risks and putting others in danger. So we ask that you don’t take these things lightly regardless of your personal views on the matter.


    This system also applies to any other grievances that pertain to any instances of things like harassment, bullying or other forms of abuse. Please see our Terms and Condition for more details.

    General Travel

    What happens if I can’t travel due to covid-related travel restrictions or cancellations?

    Due to the constantly changing nature of travel WiFi Tribe is not liable for specific travel restrictions or cancellations. Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance and buy flexible tickets. For further information please look at section 10 & 11 of our Terms and Conditions.

    What happens if Guatemala experiences a surge in cases?

    We are constantly monitoring the number of cases and local governmental response. We will be evaluating the situation as things change and keep you informed of any changes to our current plans. For further information please look at our Terms and Conditions.

    What happens if Guatemala experiences a sudden surge in cases and lockdown is enforced once more while we are on chapter?

    We are in a privileged position where, if needed, we can comfortably be quarantined in our location. If a quarantine was necessary, the properties are equipped to help us spend an extended period of time in lockdown agreeably. 

     

    In addition, we will be monitoring the country’s security measures and keeping Tribers informed. Any lockdown that Mexico has imposed in the past has limited people from coming into the country, but has not limited people from returning to their home countries. So, if people decide to leave, they should be able to do so.

    Logistics

    What is the check-in process like?

    We are aiming for a self check-in as seamless as possible. We will send you the instructions via slack a couple of days before your arrival with all the relevant details (which villa/house/apartment, bedroom etc). Your chapter host will be present to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.

    Who do I contact if I encounter any issues in the property?

    If there are any issues with the property contact your chapter host 

     

    Bank & ATMs

    You will find automatic tellers. Most shops accept payment by credit card.