7 Gift Ideas for People Who Love Guatemala

Ron Zacapa XO, Guatemala's famous rum | © Asian Brasserie/Flickr
Ron Zacapa XO, Guatemala's famous rum | © Asian Brasserie/Flickr
Photo of Jack Guy
27 February 2018

Guatemala is a fascinating place that most visitors fall in love with. These are some of the best gifts to bring back to friends and family (or just for yourself) that are like bringing home a little piece of Guatemala.


This traditional aguardiente is everywhere in Guatemala, and getting hold of a bottle will surely bring back memories. Try the different flavours if you can find them; the hibiscus flavour is tasty without the overpowering sweetness of the tamarind version.

The original Quetzalteca | © Jose Wolff/Flickr

Ron Zacapa

Lauded as one of the best rums in the world, Ron Zacapa is a massive point of pride in Guatemala. Made in the hills of the south of the country, its reputation has carried it around the world and it makes for a great gift.

Master Blender Ana Lorena V‡squez Ampie (one of three women in the world with this title) of Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala brought two most excellent rums from Mixco, Guatemala for us to sample. They were the Ron Zacapa 23 year old and the X.O. Both were extremely good. Until you've tried one of these two rums, you really haven't tasted rum at all.

Mayan Hands

This fair trade online store offers a huge range of artisanal products that can be shipped to your home. The business benefits the local craftspeople in Guatemala rather than siphoning off profits for its owners.

Stela 9

Shop online at this great boutique which offers a range of products inspired by Guatemalan textiles. The shop’s clothing line changes each season, so it’s worth checking back regularly.

Men of Maize by Miguel Ángel Asturias

Guatemala’s most famous writer, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1967, based this book on the sacred Mayan text called the Popul Vuh. It’s an amazing read and a great way to deepen your understanding of Guatemala.

Author Miguel Ángel Asturias | © Dominique Roger/Wikimedia Commons

I, Rigoberta Menchú by Rigoberta Menchú

The famous indigenous activist Rigoberta Menchú released this book in 1983. It tells the story of her struggle to improve the life of indigenous Guatemalans during the country’s bloody civil war.

Rigoberta Menchú | © Agencia de Noticias ANDES/Flickr

Guatemala Rainbow by Gianni Vecchiato

This photography book features Guatemalans, their animals and the traditional textiles of the country. The colours are simply outstanding, and the photos are a great gift to remember the vividness of the country and its people.

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