Hiptipico's headquarters is located in Panajachel, Guatemala! Here are some unique phrases to help you get by when you visit.
Top ten words and phrases for living in Panajachel (Pana):
Pana – Nobody on the lake calls it Panajachel, its Pana.
Tuk Tuk – The little taxi’s that will take you anywhere around Pana for Q5.
Q – Short for the currency Quetzal. Cuanto Cuesta? Cinco Q!
(Con) Permiso – Anytime you enter a room make sure to say “permiso” to excuse yourself and ask permission to come in.
Buen Provecho – Before, after, during or anytime around a meal, always say “buen provecho”. If you walk into a room and people are eating, don’t forget to say it to wish everyone a great meal.
Mucho Gusto – You will always meet locals in Pana so this phrase “nice to meet you” is used frequently and not only for a first time encounter.
Que Buena Onda – If you really want to impress the locals, add this slang to your vocabulary. It literally means good wave aka “awesome!”
Utz – Pronounced 'ootz', it means “good” in the Mayan language of Kaqchikel.
Choka – High Five
Vos – If you want to speak like a Guatemalan then say this after every third word that comes out of your mouth. Guatemalan’s use this word as filler and conversation starter which mean “you”when talking to a close friend.
Hiptipico's Top 5 Guatemala Fashion Terms:
Huipil – Pronounced “wee-peel” this is the traditional embroidered blouse worn by indigenous women. All are hand-woven on a back strap loom and each village has its own huipil design depending on their culture. Many patterns have ancient meanings.
Corte – The traditional skirt that Maya women wear. It is wrapped around their waste and held tight with an embroidered belt.
Tela – Describing woven fabric used as textiles not as garb.
Faja – The traditional wrap belt used to secure the women’s corte.
Mostacilla – Beads!
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