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  • 10 most important Mayan ruins to visit in Guatemala

    10 most important Mayan ruins to visit in Guatemala | GuatexplorerArea of Guatemala, Yucatan peninsula, Chiapas, along with some regions of Honduras, Belize and El Salvador is called Maya World. Historically, this was the playground of that huge culture. When you live here, you'll be often offered to visit some particular sites with an explanation why it's important to do so. Therefore, let me try to do the same.

  • 10 most touristy places in Guatemala

    10 touristy places in Guatemala | GuatexplorerEach country has its „must visit“ places, popular places, what we call the beaten track. Most of the visitors take those elements and then, according to the time and money, they create their experience. Here are ten places in Guatemala that are often visited, packed with tourists and definitely recommended to be seen.

  • 10 things to do in Guatemala

    10 things to do in Guatemala | GuatexplorerIt is not only 10 things, and it could be other ten things than those I suggest here. OK, you can do even 13 things. Or 27. I go with this strange internet fashion of making lists. In fact, I wanted to say this: whenever you visit some country make your list, but be careful not to do all. Thus you'll return one day. And that will feel good, trust me.

  • Addresses, postal codes and how to get around the towns

    HouseMany people are puzzled when they have to find or use some Guatemalan address. So, here is some advice on how to understand this system, which is very practical once you get the idea.

  • Driving in Guatemala

    DrivingGuatemala was primarily known for its civil wars in the 90′s but today the Central American country can be discovered without any danger. In the last years, the infrastructure and especially the road system have essentially improved. Guatemala’ s government invested huge funds in road construction. Many routes got adequate traffic signs and driving at night has become safer due to reflectors on most streets.

  • Earthquakes in Guatemala

    QuakeYou have to be aware that Guatemala is located in a tectonically very active part of the world. Strong earthquakes did and will happen here. Explanations and details about causes of this I leave to scientists. Here I will try to give you best “what to do” advice I can.

  • Electricity issues when in Guatemala

    ElectricityThis is one of the common questions not only for the people that want to live in Guate, but for the visitors as well.

    Electric current in Guatemala is 110 V/60 Hz, same as in US, Caribbean, central America, Venezuela, Colombia and parts of Brazil. Generally, visitors from those areas will not have any problems with their electrical equipment.

  • Market days in the Guatemalan highlands

    MarketMany visitors often ask where are traditional markets, and on which days they can see and participate in events like that. Every town in Guatemala has its day of market, and here we give you weekly schedule to most of them.

    What can you expect there?

    First of all - a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Then, a lot of handicrafts, a majority of whom is not intended for a tourist market, but for the locals. In some towns you will notice also specialized vendors - i.e. some markets have special pets section. Besides usual noisy market atmosphere, you can expect also to discover small eateries where you can taste local dishes. Keep in mind that none of the Guatemalan markets is staged for the tourists; it is a splendid way to peek into the normal life of the people.

  • Measurement system in Guatemala

    MeasuresIn order to give you insight into the measurement system, in fact, I want to help you to find your way in shops, but also to inform you about some basic things that can be very useful in business.

  • Money Exchange in Guatemala City

    MoneyAlthough in places like Antigua you will exchange your currency much easier, in Guatemala and in general there is a problem of money exchange. They explained to me that problem was in money laundering schemes that narco bosses implemented in this country. So, every time you encounter a problem with money exchange, thank guys like Pablo Escobar.

  • Natural dangers in Guate: spiders & insects

    Violin spiderHow dangerous is to spend some time in Guatemalan nature; forests, hills, lakes? Are there any dangers in houses? Here is just a part of advices and facts, most deadly animal of Guatemala (and I think most deadly world animal) is not mentioned – mosquito. That is for another article on natural dangers…

  • Safety in Guatemala (I)

    safetyHere I will try to give you most important features concerning your personal security when in Guatemala; however, this article will have to be upgraded as my knowledge of certain problems may arise.

    First of all, every reader of this article must understand the difference between general security in the country, and security of tourists. Most of the dark numbers that are spread over the internet have nothing to do with traveling and tourism; if somebody beheaded 27 people in the north of Guatemala, it does not mean that tourists have to fear for their lives.

  • Safety in Guatemala (II)

    Michele PetersonWritten by Michele Peterson

    “Is it safe to travel in Guatemala?” is a question I get asked a lot. Although my Guatemalan mother-in-law gives me lots of advice –such as keep your money in your shoe–I thought it would be worthwhile to ask a pro for some travel tips.

    So during the recent Central America Travel Market , held in Antigua, Guatemala in 2010 I met with a security expert from the Guatemala Tourism Board (INGUAT). His tips are handy for travel in any country. Here’s what I learned:

  • Smokers/non-smokers issues

    CigsDo not think that I encourage smoking in any way; I am just trying to give some advice equally to smokers and non-smokers about how to behave and what to expect here, in Guatemala. A long time ago I consulted statistics - only 7 % of the population of Guate were smokers. That number showed me clearly that smoking is not a big deal here and that there will be a little understanding of my bad habit.

  • Video equipment in Guatemala

    VideoTelevision, radio, video and DVD players, as well as videotapes, are often specific to the broadcast system used in the country that they are sold in, usually associated with the frequency of the country’s electric current. Although HD video takes over, there are still many differences that you have to be aware of.

  • Weather in GC

    WeatherAlthough it is often said that Guatemala has “eternal spring” weather, there is also a period of sunny summer, and also a rainy season. Position above sea level gives Guatemala City, as well as cities located in the mountains, very cozy weather.

  • What to take to Guate

    BaggageMany people, especially when visiting forums, ask: what to take to Guatemala? How to dress? Should I take this or that piece of equipment? What would the weather be like? Is there a possibility of hail in GC? Is it cold at night or hot during the day? And which parts of the year are the worst? Many questions, every day...

  • When to visit Guatemala?

    Weather, Guatemala | Guatexplorer"You know, tourism is not about resorts, hotels, fancy places and impeccable service. Tourism is about kindness. About smile, about emotions. Emotional weather report for Guatemala that day was: constantly sunny and smiling, eternal spring of emotions. And that's the weather I like here - the climate of love and respect."

  • Yearly holidays in Guatemala

    Guate holidaysBeing in another country means that you have to adopt local rules. Important one considers holidays on which you will find that banks, offices, stores and other places are closed, or have a different schedule. Do not be surprised or startled!

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