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Preparing your trip to Guatemala City: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

Strolling about, Antigua Guatemala 1. Goods and services can be paid not only in local currency but also in US dollars. It's best to exchange currency in banks or exchange offices “casas de cambio”. Currency exchange can be offered in some hotels, as well as shops and markets, but the rate will be much less profitable.
2. Large restaurants, supermarkets, and entertainment facilities accept credit card payments. Payment cards of world-known systems are universally accepted, difficulties can only arise when paying with Diners Club and MasterCard cards.
3. Shoppers will be pleased with relatively low prices for a wide range of products. At the same time, owners of private shops and market vendors often inflate prices deliberately. When buying a product, you can and should bargain. Bargaining is not accepted only in large shopping malls.
4. The most popular souvenirs are crafts made of jasper and other semi-precious stones, national clothes, all sorts of ritual attributes and amulets. It is worth paying attention to leather goods, which are of very high quality.
5. Most public institutions start receiving visitors from 8:30 am and close at 4:30 pm; a small lunch break is possible during the daytime. Shops open a bit later - at 9:00 am and work until 6:00 pm, while large shopping centers can work until 8:00 pm. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. In local restaurants and cafes, it is customary to leave tips, which make up about 10% of the bill. Also, some extra money can be left to porters, guides, and taxi drivers.
7. The mains voltage is 120 V, so for using some electrical devices, special adapters may be required. Guests can rent them in large hotels, but it's still best to stock up on adapters in advance.
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8. Travelers are not recommended to go exploring remote areas of the city alone. Going for a walk, do not take valuables and large amounts of cash with you if there is no need. In public places, you can become a victim of pickpockets.
9. Going to nature reserves and parks, find out which areas are suitable for a picnic in advance. Making fire and stops are only allowed in a specially designated area.
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What to visit being in Guatemala City - unique sights

Samabaj

From the series “Famous Sunken Towns”
The pioneer in this unique historic district was a diver, Roberto Samayoa, whose stories about the wonderful city on the bottom of the lake were doubted by representatives of the local authorities. Exploration of the lake began in 1998; today it’s one of the most visited and famous attractions in Guatemala. The ruins of the city lay at a depth of 35 meters; they will be interesting to divers and fans of history. … Read further

Santa Maria Volcano

From the series “Volcanoes and Traps That Changed the Face of the Planet”
During a volcanic explosion in 1902, about 5.5 cubic kilometers of volcanic material were thrown to the earth surface. One side of the volcano was completely destroyed by an explosion. The power was so great that even inhabitants of Costa Rica have heard it, besides the fact that about 800 km shares them with Santa Maria volcano. The terrible tragedy of the early 18th century took the lives of 6 000 people. Currently, the diameter of the crater is 3 300 meters. It is still considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. The last major eruption occurred in 2011. However, thanks to the timely evacuation, it was managed to avoid human victims. … Read further
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Travelling to Guatemala City - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Guatemala City. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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