Guatemala

The Republic of Guatemala in Central America is rather small but very diverse. Climate and vegetation vary depending on location and altitude. Spanish is widely spoken and many people speak indigenous languages. English isn’t very well known and we recommend to learn a little Spanish before visiting. Transportation options in Guatemala are mostly chicken buses and collectivos. Train travel is non-existent, but you might manage to find small airplanes. We really loved Guatemala and spent a lot of time in the country. Some of our adventures in Guatemala include watching a sunset over a lake on top of an ancient Mayan temple, zip lining in Panajachel, swimming in the Rio Dulce and strolling through the cobblestone streets of Antigua. Oh right, don’t forget to visit the turquoise pools of Semuc Champey!

LGBT

The Guatemalan society isn’t very LGBT oriented. Even though same-sex sexual activity is legal since 1871, a lot of Guatemalan people are still no fans of queer people. Same-sex couples have no legal status and can not marry each other. Transgender Guatemalans can change their name, but not their legal gender. Until the late nineties, there has only been one gay bar in the entire Guatemala. I’m guessing there aren’t that many right now, but things are improving. A new generation of LGBT youngsters is working hard to be recognized and accepted by the community. However, hate crimes still happen regularly in Guatemala (as they do in the rest of the world) and are often targeting transgender and gender fluid people. The Gay Guatemala website is probably the best resource for gays in the country. It lists bars, pubs, tips, and tricks on finding the love of your life.

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