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Clothing and Language

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Clothing and Language

Next week we are going to Lake Atitlan and Antigua, and wonder about the following:

1. Is wearing shorts acceptable hiking around the lake, in Pana and villages around lake, and in Antigua and surrounding areas, or are shorts only for us uncultured tourists? Wearing jeans will not be a hardship, but if left to my own devices I would wear shorts during the day in the projected 80+ degree weather.

2. My Spanish is somewhat rusty. Any suggestions for quick reference to communicate and comprehend, whether through iPhone or a printout?


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1. Re: Clothing and Language

Some tourists/expats wear shorts most of the time, and around the lake, even some locals wear them now. But they shouldn't be too short. Antigua is less informal. Can't make a language recommendation, though some people get by with typing something into Google translate on their phones and showing it to the person they're speaking with.

Edited: 16 February 2017, 23:41
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2. Re: Clothing and Language

I generally wear pants/capris or skirts instead of shorts, partly for cultural reasons. You'll see lots of shorts and even the short shorts that are best avoided so it's a personal choice. I like to pack really light and don't bring jeans - they're heavy and bulky, take forever to dry, and line dry stiff. I prefer lightweight wicking fabrics for both tops and bottoms.

There are lots of apps and booklets and charts you can buy - see them in bookstores and online sometimes but speak Spanish well enough I haven't been tempted so can't recommend anything specific.

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