Want to find some deliciously awesome cheap eats in San Pedro, Guatemala? Yes please! But when backpacking on a budget, unfortunately this dream doesn’t always become a reality. Meals consist of what’s cheap and easy to cook. Lots of starchy potatoes, pasta and rice. And of course in Central America, anything to do with corn. Corn tortillas, with boiled corn on top and maybe a side of fried corn… surely there has got to be another answer?
In San Pedro we found the perfect lunch that gets the belly full and will literally cost you under one dollar! Forget the touristy strip, aptly named Gringolandia, with its alluring tastes and high priced meals. Head up the road to the local market in the morning and pick up some fresh supplies. Today we’re going to make a tasty guacamole on fresh corn tortillas (OK so corn plays a small part).
Here’s the super simple shopping list:
|2 avocados||1Q each||2Q|
|3 small tomatoes||2.5Q a pound||1Q|
|1 medium onions||3Q a pound||1Q|
|8 fresh corn tortillas||1Q for 4||2Q|
|Couple of limes||Assorted prices||0.5Q|
|Bit of salt and pepper||Haggle the spice lady||1Q|
Total = 7.5Q or just under 1USD
All you need for the preparation is some clean water to wash the veggies, a knife and a small container/bowl. Give everything a decent wash; mash up the avocado into a bowl; add in diced tomato and onion; juice some lime; and add salt and pepper to taste. Take it down to the lake with a good book and your swimming trunks, and you’ve got a nice afternoon picnic ready to go.
And this meal isn’t just a cheap eat in San Pedro. We’ve used this all over Central America where tortillas and avocado are in an abundance. Remember, the more money you save on food, and longer you can travel!