Comfortable walking shoes or tennis shoes are suitable for most regions and towns.Sandals with a strap around the ankle to prevent you from slipping are especially good for the warmer regions, beaches and places where you might get wet.

However for health reasons, closed shoes are more suitable for areas such as markets where the ground may be dirty.

High heels aren’t very practical anywhere in Guatemala.

They will appreciate it when they see their phone bill next month.

Making calls: Local calls to line or mobile numbers from a foreign mobile phone while in Guatemala must precede the code for international long distance (00) country code (502) 8-digit Guatemalan phone number.

For safety reasons however, avoid depending entirely on cash.

Bring only what you will need for the first couple of days and take advantage of banks at the airport to obtain local currencies, especially if you are arriving during the Weekend.

Regular umbrellas are not very suitable for these downpours; so either carry a large one or a raincoat.

For visiting Antigua, Guatemala City and Lake Atitlán, where you will find more expensive hotels and restaurants, you may feel more comfortable wearing smarter clothes.

Even in some luxury hotels there won’t be a TV in the room; so bringing a book is a good idea.

Remember that you’re on vacation, so don’t bring your work, – your family will appreciate it!

While on the trip remember to carry some bottled water with you to avoid dehydration.