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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Coban?

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We asked people in Coban if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When visiting Coban, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions. Avoid making negative comments about the country, its people, or its culture, as this is considered highly disrespectful. Do not take photos of people without their permission, especially indigenous people, as this is seen as an invasion of privacy. Avoid discussing sensitive topics such as politics, civil war, and human rights issues, as these can be contentious subjects. Do not disrespect religious customs or symbols, as Guatemala is a predominantly Catholic country with a strong Mayan influence. Avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially in religious or traditional settings, as this is considered disrespectful. Do not litter or damage the environment, as Guatemalans take pride in their natural surroundings. Avoid being overly loud or boisterous in public places, as this can be seen as disrespectful. Do not expect punctuality for social events, as it is common for Guatemalans to arrive late. Avoid bargaining too aggressively in markets, as this can be seen as disrespectful to the vendors. Do not ignore local customs or traditions, as this can be seen as a lack of respect for the culture. Avoid public displays of affection, as this is generally frowned upon in Guatemalan culture. Do not refuse food or drink offered to you, as this can be seen as a sign of disrespect. Avoid making assumptions or stereotypes about the local people, as this can be offensive. Remember to always be polite and respectful, as this is highly valued in Guatemalan culture," commented one expat who made the move to Coban, Guatemala.

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