We have joined the, “I got sick abroad” club. In this travel video from 2 Backpackers, Jason and Aracely Castellani, we share Aracely’s story of getting sick in Rio Dulce, Guatemala. In travel video episode #7, we board a bus from Rio Dulce to Antigua, Guatemala, a major tourist town with better care options. We called our travel insurance provider and headed to the hospital. Enjoy the show!
Begins With a Fever
Aracely started feeling ill with a fever while we were visiting Rio Dulce, Guatemala. A fever is basically the start of any number of possible dreaded illnesses you can get in Central America. Is it Malaria or Dengue?
Rio Dulce is not the most developed city, so she tried to wait out her sickness, hoping it was a short-term bug. After 4 days of sweating and exhaustion, we decided to pack our backpacks and take an air-conditioned first class bus to Antigua, Guatemala. Antigua is the main stay for tourists traveling into Guatemala and we felt confident we would find a good place to have Aracely checked out. This was the first luxury bus we took while in Guatemala and at $8 USD each for a 6 hour bus ride, we actually considered it expensive!
After arriving at Base Camp Hostel, we contacted our travelers insurance provider, World Nomads, for recommendations on emergency hospitals. World Nomads put us on the phone with a nurse to first evaluate Aracely’s condition and then they suggested we go to Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro, a 24hr private hospital.
A Private Hospital
After wandering aimlessly in Antigua for 45 minutes we finally arrived at the clinic located near the Antigua bus terminal, towards the back of town. It was on the complete opposite side of town than where our hostel was.
They immediately took Aracely’s temperature and recognized she had a high fever. She was placed in a private room she was submitted to multiple blood tests. Aracely is not a fan of needles, so this was probably her worst moment. They recommended we stay overnight, monitoring the fever as they kept her hydrated and gave her large doses of antibiotics.
After 24 hours, her fever had declined and her white blood cell count was back to normal. Our care at Brother Pedro’s Private Hospital was top notch and the faculty was always very kind. We submitted our bill to World Nomads and sure enough, the reimbursement process was seamless.
Thank you World Nomads Travel Insurance and Brother Pedro’s Private Hospital (Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro) for taking care of Aracely.