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Guatemala Local Customs: 50 reviews and 48 photos

by vaticanus

Public education in Guatemala is severely hobbled by incompetence and patronage. School supplies sit in warehouses and schools (when not closed for innumerable holidays) close after half a day. Literacy is a luxury for "Guatemaltecos". Bookstores are unheard of. Other than newspapers and a few magazines there is little to read besides pulp fiction novellas printed in Mexico.

Because of widespread illiteracy, shop owners, particularly in rural areas, paint their walls to advertise their products and services. Keep your camera going and you'll bring home some striking pictures.

A little off topic, but another theme to follow with a camera (particularly in Guatemala) is doorways.

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  • Updated Feb 11, 2012
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