Mysterious and often challenging, Central America’s most diverse country offers landscapes and experiences that have been captivating travelers for centuries.

Guatemala Antigua Guatemala

Guatemala is a country in Central America.
Capital: Ciudad de Guatemala
Land Area: 108,430 sq km
Total Area: 108,890 sq km
Population: 15,438,384 (2013)
Official language: Spanish
Demonym: Guatemalan
Currency: Quetzal
Independence from: Spain
Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
Calling Code: +502
Spanning a mountainous slice of Central America immediately south of Mexico, Guatemala is loaded with incredible natural, historical and cultural appeal. As the birthplace and heartland of the ancient Maya, the country is in many ways defined by the legacy of this early civilization. Their rainforest cities were abandoned centuries ago, but Maya people continue to thrive in the Guatemalan highlands, where traditions and religious rituals, mingled with Catholic practices, endure to form the richest and most distinctive indigenous identity in the hemisphere. Guatemala today is very much a synthesis of Maya and colonial traditions, fused with the omnipresent influences of twenty-first century Latin and North American culture.


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