Guatemalan Men: What to know about dating a Guatemalan man

The Republic of Guatemala is a small country in Central America, located between Mexico to the north and Honduras and El Salvador to the south. It’s known for its wide range of different cultures, traditional values, and diverse geography that includes pristine beaches, lush jungles, and snow-capped mountains. 

As the most populous country in Central America, meeting a man (or multiple men) to date when you visit Guatemala should not be a challenge. The trick is learning how to date them and what dating culture is like in Guatemala. That’s what we’re going to talk about today. 

Here are our top tips for dating Guatemalan men.

What are Guatemala men like? 

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When you meet a Guatemala man, you can expect him to have the following qualities and traits:

Religion is a big deal

Faith is a central part of peoples’ lives in Guatemala, so the chances are good that the Guatemalan man you date will be religious himself.

While Catholicism is the primary faith and has been ever since Spain conquered the country in the 1500s, today, religious faith is fairly even between Catholicism and Evangelicalism.

One reason why evangelical Christianity has grown in the country so rapidly over the last fifty years is because of a stricter and traditional approach in regards to things such as family and alcohol.

In the mountainous Western Highlands region of the country, many indigenous people will still follow Mayan religious practices and even use the Mayan calendar.


Guatemalans are very traditional people, from closely following their religion to being very family-oriented to also being very hard working in their careers and day-to-day lives.

The Guatemalan guy you meet should be a very reserved and kind man (more so than other Latino men), who is also content in his quiet way.

He also highly values family relationships and will be eager to introduce you to them if things get serious enough. There’s even a good chance he could still be living with them, as it’s not uncommon for children and young adults alike to live with their parents until marriage.

Super polite

Guatemalans are very polite people. Sometimes, this level of politeness can admittedly go a little too far as Guatemalans will often spend a lot of time on greetings and pleasantries before getting to the real topic of the conversation.

That means that when going on a date with a Guatemalan guy, it may take a while before he begins to open up. Don’t be surprised if you spend ten or fifteen minutes on greetings and formalities before the date starts to get more romantic.

Tips for Dating Guatemalan Men

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When in Guatemala, remember that Guatemalan dating customs can vary significantly depending on the region you’re in. If you’re in the more rural Highlands region where the Mayan communities live, it could be a challenge to find men to date because the people are so close-knit there. Any outsiders are met with intense suspicion (including women).

Things will feel significantly more normal to you in the major urban areas like Guatemala City. Here, a Western girl with a pretty face should have no issues with finding a nice Guatemalan man willing to ask her out on a date.

When dating Guatemalan men or even a woman, remember that they are likely to be traditional and religious, family-oriented, and very courteous in their approaches. In other words, expect to take things slow with a more old-fashioned courtship.

The man you meet may not even want to be physically intimate with you until there is some serious commitment, with marriage likely being the ultimate goal of your relationship. When you consider that many young men around the world these days are looking merely to hook up with women they find attractive, this may feel like a breath of fresh air.

Many liberally minded young men in Guatemala will be down for a short-term romance.

 In addition to Guatemala City, the best place in the country to find these kinds of men will be at towns along the coasts. These towns have a strong party vibe, and hookups are quite common, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

Wrapping it up

Guatemalan men are among the most polite, courteous, and socially aware men that you will date in Latin America. They are also very hardworking in their careers and traditional in their approach to the family so that they can make great husbands too.

Tina is your Latin dating expert. She has traveled all over Latin America and dated many nationalities over the last decade. You can trust her advice and any tips she gives about dating Latino men.

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