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About Guatemala

Located in Central America and between two Oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic, has a pleasing weather allowing visiting the country at any time of the year. With short distances, it’s possible to visit many regions in just a few days.

--Mostly importantly – enjoy yourself and the wonders of Guatemala!--

Topography

Topography
Guatemala covers 42,000 square miles and is at the northern end of the Central American isthmus. It is bordered by Mexico to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea and Belize to the east and El Salvador and Honduras to the southeast. The country is comprised of towering mountains and majestic volcanoes, temperate plateaus, tropical lowlands, desert-like river valleys, lowland jungles and swamps.
Electricity: As any other country in America, the voltage in Guatemala is 110-120 volts.

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Agriculture

  • Agriculture: sugarcane, corn, bananas, coffee, beans, cardamom; cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens.
  • Labor force: 5.571 million; agriculture 38%, industry 14%, services 48% (2011 est.).
  • Industries: sugar, textiles and clothing, furniture, chemicals, petroleum, metals, rubber, tourism.
  • Natural resources: petroleum, nickel, rare woods, fish, chicle, hydropower.
  • Exports: $10.46 billion (2011 est.): coffee, sugar, petroleum, apparel, bananas, fruits and vegetables, cardamom.
  • Imports: $16.6 billion (2011 est.): fuels, machinery and transport equipment, construction materials, grain, fertilizers, electricity.

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Etnias

  • Languages: Spanish 60%, Amerindian languages 40% (23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca)
  • Ethnicity/race: Mestizo (Ladino)—mixed Amerindian-Spanish ancestry—and European 59.4%, K'iche 9.1%, Kaqchikel 8.4%, Mam 7.9%, Q'eqchi 6.3%, other Mayan 8.6%, indigenous non-Mayan 0.2%, other 0.1% (2001)
  • Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs
  • National Holiday: Independence Day, September 15
  • Literacy rate: 71% (2003 est.)
  • Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2011 est.): $74.64 billion;

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About Guatemala

Located in Central America and between two Oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic, has a pleasing weather allowing visiting the country at any time of the year. With short distances, it’s possible to visit many regions in just a few days.

  • Name: República de Guatemala
  • Current government officials
  • President: Otto Pérez Molina (2012) 
  • Land area: 41,865 sq mi (108,430 sq km);
  • Total area: 42,042 sq mi (108,890 sq km)
  • Population (2011 est.): 14,099,032 (growth rate: 1.948%);
  • Birth rate: 26.48/1000;
  • Infant mortality rate: 25.16/1000;

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