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Toilets

  • You cannot throw anything into Guatemalan toilets, including toilet paper, because of poor sewage drains. Bathrooms are equipped with some sort of receptacle (usually a small wastebasket) for soiled paper.
  • Toilet paper is not always provided, so always carry some. If you don't have any and need some, asking a restaurant worker for un rollo de papel (a roll of paper), accompanied by a panicked facial expression, usually produces fast results.
  • Public toilets are rare. Use the ones at cafes, restaurants, your hotel and archaeological sites. Buses rarely have toilets on board and if they do, don't count on them working.