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GUATEMALA FAQ

Your questions answered for our Guatemala trip!

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What kind of food can I expect in Guatemala?

Guatemalan dishes such as:

- Pepián, which is a traditional meaty, spicy stew that often contains chicken, beef, or pork.  
- Jocón is another popular dish with the Maya population. The chicken is simmered in a tasty sauce tinted a beautiful green by tomatillos and cilantro, thickened with ground sesame and pumpkin seeds, and served on corn tortillas.

What languages are spoken in Guatemala?

Spanish is the country's official language and is spoken by 93% of the population. The rest of the population speaks one of 21 recognized Mayan languages.

Can I opt out of an included activity?

Of course! The experience is open to all levels and our instructor will adapt the levels of each participant. We believe in yoga’s ability to transform one’s health and well-being and want to share the practice of yoga with all people.

Do I need to prepare for the volcano hike?

Volcano hiking is a huge part of the appeal of visiting Guatemala. There are over 37 volcanoes in the country and Pacaya is one of three active volcanoes. The hike is moderately difficult and will take a couple of hours to complete. You do not need to train for the hike beforehand, and your Trip Leader will be with you every step of the way.

What type of luggage is best?

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.

A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on our transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Can I bargain for lower prices at the markets?

Yes, however please be respectful and not overly aggressive. Bargaining for lower prices with the shop vendors can be exhilarating and lots of fun, plus a whole new style of shopping for many of us.

What's so special about Tikal National Park?

Tikal is one of the largest archeological sites in Central America and Mexico. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once the capital of the Mayan empire. Overall, it's an archaeological wonderland where anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000 people once lived.

It also served as a filming location for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

What is the physical activity level of this trip?

This trip is listed as Moderate activity level for included activities. Participating in certain optional activities may make it more strenuous.

Some travelers will find the hikes challenging, while more athletic people will not find them particularly difficult.

Weather conditions like heat, humidity, and rain can change trail conditions and the intensity of the activity.

If you work at a desk all day, expect to do a lot more physical activity than normal.  Our Trip Leaders are great at challenging you while keeping you safe and waiting for hikers who like to take their time.

How much should I budget for food and activities?

ALL breakfasts and dinners are included.

We don’t include lunches to give you the freedom to choose at least one meal every day. (Average price of a lunch is USD$10.)

We recommend bringing around $300 in cash in the local currency (for just in case purposes). It's always a good idea to have some cash on hand.

Add to that the cost of any optional activities you’ll want to participate in. Only you know your spending habits!

Is tipping customary in Guatemala?

Tipping is not expected though it is greatly appreciated, especially since tourism and hospitality is one of the leading industries in Guatemala. Adding 10% gratuity at restaurants is a suitable tip.

Have a question that's not on this list?

Feel free to reach out to our all-star customer service team at info@under30experiences.com or by calling 1 (888) 839-2086.