Travel tip #22: Eat tortilla de harina

Guatemalan tortilla de harina (flour tortilla)

Tortilla de harina, widely available in Río Dulce and Livingston and occasionally available elsewhere in Guatemala, is a fluffy flour tortilla wrapped around beans and other fillings. These flour tortillas are a welcome change to travelers who have been eating corn tortillas everywhere they go. The tortilla de harina is much thicker and fluffier than a regular burrito style flour tortilla, and with a couple of fillings it certainly constitutes a meal.

Most tortilla de harina are served with a layer of refried or whole grain black beans and topped with beef, chicken or scrambled eggs. The tortilla is then folded or served open depending on the customer's preference. Cheese, tomato sauce, mayonnaise and a hot salsa made with cauliflower, carrots, onions and jalapeños are popular toppings.

The tortilla de harina is a must-try food for Río Dulce and Livingston. Expect to pay around Q18 ($2.40) to Q25 ($3.33) depending on fillings.

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The Litegua bus from Río Dulce to Guatemala City takes about six and a half hours and costs Q80 (

Don't throw toilet paper, or anything else, into Guatemalan toilets.

Ice cream beans in Guatemala can be bought for around Q1 ($0.13) per pod.

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

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

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

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

You can often save money on Guatemala travel by choosing local hotels over foreign owned hostels.