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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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