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. San Pedro la Laguna is famous in Guatemala for it's mayan curaderos de huesos [bone setters] but unfortunately the health system in Guatemala leaves a lot to be desired. If you are seriously ill (with anything other than the normal stomach/intestinal problems which tourists invariably get to some degree), you need to go to Guatemala City to get good medical treatment. There is a hospital across the lake in Solala, but if you are that sick you should go to Guatemala City and get good treatment. The plus side is that good treatment is affordable in Guatemala. If for example your insurance at home doesn't pay for your dental work, you can get good dental work done in Guatemala City for much much less.
. The most common problems people experience are stomach problems from the bacteria in the water. Check out the food section for information about how to possibly avoid getting sick. If you have stomach problems or diarrhea you can buy pills called Kolit at the local famacia. They will not cure it, but should provide enough relief that you can function normally.
. You should bring enough of whatever prescription medicine to last your entire stay and then some just in case. Aspirin is readily available in Guatemala as is a pink Pepto Bismo substitute, but there are other common medicines which are not. Medicines have different names and even the scientific names seem different, so don't expect to be able to find what you can easily get at home. The phamacies in San Pedro are not well stocked. I would advise you to bring:
  • Ibuprofin. I have never seen it for sale in Guatemala and have helped relieve the pain of quite a number of older people in Guatemala with my bottle.
  • Tylenol. I don't think it is commonly available in Guatemala either, but I'm not positive.
  • Benadryl Cream. Most dogs and cats in Guatemala have fleas, and the fleas seem to prefer the "exotic foreigners" to the Guatemalans. Benadryl cream is easier to travel with than something like Calamine lotion and works better.
  • 1% Cortisone Cream. 
  • A good sunscreen 
  • Mosquito repellant. Mosquitoes in the highlands are only a problem at some times of the year, and even then they are not really bad.
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Mailing address:
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Canton Sanjay
San Pedro la Laguna
Depto. Sololá
Guatemala, C.A.

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