Your Home Away From Home

Internacional MochileroThe International Mochilero Backpacker’s guesthouse is the starting point to your Guatemalan Backpacking adventures. We are one of Antigua’s most sought after guest houses because we aim to please the adventurer in all of you! The idea of the guest house started back in 2000 when the founder, Enrique Argueta, had the idea of starting a place that is welcoming and inviting to the outdoor backpacker. As a backpacker himself, and a man who had traveled the world, he knew this location would give you the necessities to start your day and end your day. As a native of Guatemala, Enrique had the idea of bringing people from different countries together into one place. The social aspects of meeting fellow travelers, and making new friends is what he loved best about traveling the world. A place where you can have a hot shower after a long day and relax in a room with all the amenities you need.

Free WiFi available

A place like the Mochilero is what has become the growing trend in Antigua, Guatemala. The tourists want to be in a place that is inviting and comfortable, and of course “pocket-friendly”. If you choose to stay with us, you will expect a safe, friendly environment with a prime location for all your daily adventures. The difference between us and any other hotel/guest house in Antigua is that a “backpacker” made his dream a reality to host you at this very location!

Rooms and Prices

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All of the rooms at International Mochilero Backpacker’s Guest House are decorated and furnished in the typical Guatemalan décor. With your comfort in mind, the thoughtful touches such as reading lamps and comfortable beds… give you a welcoming stay with us. Your rooming options include the following:

Dormitories Q50.00
Single Q65.00
Double Q100.00
Triple Q140.00
Double Q160.00

* All prices are per room,
per night.

We know that whether you come alone or in a large group, you like to have the option of privacy or a shared room to re-cap your day of backpacking with your friends in a larger room. The option of a shared or private bathroom is available upon check-in and both have 24-hour hot water.

Aside from your bedroom, we have several communal areas where you can socialize and get to know other guests. We have several lounges, beautiful gardens plus an amazing eating area near the fully-equipped kitchen that is available to you.


We are known for having the first backpacking locations with full-service internet, just for you! What better way to connect with your friends back home than to relax at your hotel and send pictures of your exciting day in Antigua, Guatemala? The internet room has six computers…(Please check w/front desk at check-in for Internet Room Hours) Our friendly staff is always available to assist you when you need to log in and ensure that you have a connection.

* Please check with the front desk upon check-in to see your pricing options for internet use.

Getting Here


Aurora Airport, located in Zona 13 of Guatemala City, would be a good entry point. The other airport is in Santa Elena/Petén, convenient for Tikal. To get to the Mochilero from Guatemala City you want to take a shuttle service to Antigua. If you’re driving in take “Carretera San Lucas” going west and it’s a 30 minute drive.



Most backpackers arrive by land, either from Mexico (6 borders), Belize (1 border), Honduras (3 borders) or El Salvador (4 borders). In theory, with so many crossing points and efficient immigrations offices, there should not be any problem. In practice, some crossings are known to be more efficient than others. Check locally for the latest. There should be a Q10 exit tax from Guatemala.


Boat crossing is possible only from/to Belize nowadays, from Livingston or Puerto Barrios. This is a good option to avoid backtracking in Belize but there is unfortunately a US$10 exit tax for boat departure from Guatemala. The crossing at Bethel for Mexico also involves a river crossing, which could cost you either Q5 or Q150!



Guatemala City various 4.5 every 15 min.
5:30 to 18:30
1 45 km
Chimaltenango Carillo o Gonzalez 2.5 hourly 6 to 18 45 min 15 km
Panajachel Rebuli 30 7 2.5 100 km
Escuintla (1) America del Sur, Granadina 5 6:30, 7:30, 13 1.5 40 km

*Please double-check all the above times as they are subject to change, based on the different companies that service the routes.

**We are NOT affiliated with any type of travel agency. We do not allow soliciting on our property of any kind. If you are approached regarding a tour or excursion at our hotel, we kindly ask you to do so off-site and off the hotel premises.

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