We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in Guatemala

Address people you don’t know in a formal manner (Señor, Señora, Usted), and greet people in the following way: day – “buenos días” “feliz día” night- “feliz noche” “buenas noches” You’ll encounter this in more suburban, rural areas. Native Guatemalans are raised to greet strangers formally.

Guatemala culture photo

Photo by Voyages Lambert

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Guatemala, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Guatemala food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Guatemala and No miss drinks in Guatemala.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in Guatemala? Please comment below.