Travel tip #2: Eat lychee fruit

Lychee fruit guatemala

Lychee fruits are tasty, reasonably high in vitamin C and fairly cheap. Expect to pay Q1 ($0.13) for one to three fruits at market, depending on how many you buy and where you buy them. Eat the fruit by tearing off the outer shell (cáscara) and chewing the pulpy, white fruit away from the pit.

Lychee fruits are part of the soapberry family. They're popular in China and southeast Asia, and are considered by Chinese medicine to have heat properties.

More travel tips

Guatemala is a well known coffee exporter, and yet there are many local eateries and restaurants

Settle prices with taxis, tuk-tuks, motorcycles and boats before getting in (or onboard).

Cashew apples are considered a delicacy in Guatemala.

Haggling over prices in Guatemala is normal.

Chicken bus prices in Guatemala are, very loosely, around Q10 ($1.35) per hour.

Tortilla de harina, widely available in Río Dulce and Livingston and occasionally availa

People in Guatemala carry machetes.

The Livingston to Río Dulce water taxi runs at 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM and costs Q125 ($16.65).