In order for our guests and visitors to have a pleasant visit in Guatemala, GuateSpirit Travel & Adventure makes of their knowledge the following code of conduct while traveling in the country.
General recommendations for your safety
- Avoid bringing flashy jewelry, watches or valuables.
- Never have all your money, valuables or important documents with you; Keep them in a safe place. Leave them at home or at hotel: If you have a choice, don’t bring anything you would hate to lose, leave valuable or expensive-looking jewelry at home. Your passport, cash and credit cards are most secure when locked in a hotel safe if possible. As well as all unnecessary credit cards or other cards / items.
- In Guatemala is safe to use your credit card or travelers checks. Note that many places add a fee of 4-10% if you use a credit card. VISA is most frequently accepted.
- Don’t lose sight of your luggage, bags or valuables especially if you are at a crowded place.
- Make copies of all your traveling documents; keep the originals in a safe place. Carry the minimum amount of valuables necessary for your trip, but make sure you have enough in case of an emergency.
- Have at hand all the important numbers such as your embassy or consulate; medical or life insurance in your country, and the numbers of assistance in Guatemala.
- When using an ATM, maintain an awareness of your surroundings throughout the entire transaction, do not accept any help from strangers, do not allow people to look over your shoulder as you enter your PIN. Check the slot where you insert the card, make sure it doesn’t have anything irregular, If the ATM appears to have any attachments to the card slot or key pad, do not use it.
- Use the bank system or your hotel to exchange your money.
- Always request your invoice when hiring any particular service. An invoice will help you in case of any complaint.
- If you have any doubts, you can always ask your tour guide.
- Always check twice before you leave a bus, plane or hotel room for any forgotten property. If you did leave something behind consider it a “donation”…!
Behavior for the responsible traveler
DoGuate Travel & Adventure fully supports the concept of sustainable tourism and promotes consideration of the” guidelines” responsible traveler, described below:
Respect to local cultures:
- Always ask permission to take photos in religious sites, sacred places or especial events. Be respectful when taking photos.
- If you want to take pictures of locals, always ask permission before taking them, having a camera shoved in your face is intrusive and can be culturally taboo. Just ask and accept a shaken head gracefully.
- Respect cultural differences. Local customs, traditions and values may be different from your own. Take the time to learn what behavior is acceptable and what isn’t.
- We recommend you to be discrete when expressing your point of view about cultural subjects or beliefs.
- It is highly important to dress and behave proper in cultural or religious areas, always respect their local sensibilities.
- Buy local products. Try to spend your money that it goes directly into the micro economy of the areas you are visiting.
- Learn a few phrases. Take the time to learn about the country you are visiting. Learning about the customs and a few words in the local language can go a long way and is appreciated by the local people.
- Be open when it comes to experience local standards instead of trying to find same conditions as your country or city.
Remember that as you visit some of the parks or protected areas, you will be able to appreciate wildlife in its natural habitat. Do not bother the animals, do not follow or run after them, and do not get close to them. Never feed them because it can hurt their health or alter their natural behavior.
In archaeological parks, please use only the provided infrastructure for tourist to climb the buildings.
Observe, but do not destroy, scratch or hurt archaeological, cultural or historical structures and monuments as they are part of a unique and irreplaceable patrimony.
Throw trash in designated trash cans; In case they are not available, take the trash with you. Help keep clean the places we visit.
Stay within the authorized visitors paths and trails for your own safety. Avoid taking short cuts or secondary roads.
Take only photographs and memories. Do not take samples of rock, animal, plants or archaeological remains.
Enjoy refreshing baths in areas designated for this activity. Do not use soap, shampoo, or detergent in lagoons or rivers.
Respect other visitors, and appreciate nature’s sounds. Keep your level or noise to a minimum.
Avoid smoking; if you do, please do it in safe places, put off your cigarettes properly, and take the filter with you.