Travel tip #3: Hot showers

Guatemala hot showers, electric shower head

Hot showers in Guatemala mostly rely on electric shower heads. While you can find hostels & hotels that have gas heated water, the norm is certainly electric inline water heaters.

Electric, inline shower heaters work by forcing water over a heating element. The heating process relies on a relatively low volume of water being forced through the heating element. That means that lower pressure produces hotter water. To get hot water, turn the water pressure almost completely off and adjust from there. Most of the time, you'll have to settle for very low pressure if you want a hot shower in Guatemala.

You can often hear the heating element turn on (low hiss like an electric kettle) or see the bathroom lights dim or flicker when the heater powers on. If you don't hear it or see the lights dim, it may not be on.

Electric water heaters in Guatemala often (but not always) have a switch that controls whether the heater is on, and whether it's operating at full power. Make sure the switch is where you want it to get a hot shower.

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