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Guatemala Culture

  • Motorcycle in colonial Antigua
  • Iglesia de la Merced in Antigua
  • Religious procession walking through the cobblestone streets
  • Woman sells vegetables at a traditional weekly market
  • Cerro de la Cruz in Antigua

Social Conventions

Dressing in conservative but casual clothing is acceptable throughout Guatemala except in fancy restaurants or clubs. Shaking hands is the most common greeting and it is advisable to ask permission before talking to children and before taking pictures of the local people. 



While there are twenty-one different ethnic groups in Guatemala that speak twenty-two different indigenous languages, Spanish is the country’s official language.



Approximately 60% of the population of Guatemala follows the Roman Catholic faith while most of the remaining population is Protestant. Part of the reason Catholicism was so successful in Guatemala was that the early priests showed respect for indigenous beliefs and as such, many indigenous communities combine their traditional beliefs with Christian practices.



Guatemala Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Guatemala.

Learn about the history and culture of Guatemala, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Guatemala's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Guatemala for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Guatemala tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Guatemala Tour, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursEcuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruisesPeru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.



Book your Guatemala tour with Goway! 

LATIN AMERICA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Guatemala tours and experiences. Choose from one of our independent stopover modules and more, We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Guatemala.

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