A Mayan woman and child from the Huehuetenango highlands. Photo © Al Argueta.

Etiquette and Customs in Guatemala

You’ll find most Guatemalans are warm and friendly, and Guatemalans from all walks of life value politeness and good manners. Getting to know social etiquette, common customs, and general expectations in appearance and conduct–especially the courtesy you should show when seeking photographs–will go far in making your travels easier and much more genuine.

A vendor sells fresh fish at the Mercado de Bazurto. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Unique and Casual Shopping in Cartagena

Shopping in Cartagena runs the gamut from a familiar modern mall setting to sprawling marketplaces, making it easy to find everyday essentials or more unique purchases and experiences. Here’s your quick and concise shopping guide to Cartagena.

A beautiful beach in Po'ipu, Kaua'i.

Shopping in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i

Shopping in Po‘ipu on Kaua‘i’s south side is weighted towards arts and crafts of all kinds from home decor to furniture to jewelry. Amongst all the galleries and boutiques you’ll find a few clothing stores that meet island apparel needs.

Luxury brand storefronts on Kalakaua avenue in Waikiki.

Shopping in Waikiki

As a major beachfront neighborhood, shopping in Waikiki runs the gamut from high-end luxury items and galleries featuring local artists to aloha gear and quaint souvenir shops. These are the best locations to scratch your shopping itch, and even if you’ve got a budget to stick to, most are still well-worth a leisurely browse for fun.