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Facts Guatemala:

 

Capital - Guatemala City

 

Currency - Quetzal (GTQ)

 

Official Language - Spanish (60%) and Indigenous languages (40%). English is spoken widely around the main tourist areas.

 

Religion - predominantly Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs and other.

 

Electricity - 120V/60Hz, same as in the United States and Canada.

 

Business Hours - Guatemalan businesspeople tend to be rather formal and conservative. Office hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (some banks offer external windows until 7:00 pm); Sat 9:00 am -1:00 pm.

 

Tipping - Although tipping is not mandatory, in general you should tip as you would in the USA.

 

Time Zone - Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -6 hours . No daylight saving time at the moment

 

Passports - U.S. and Canadian Citizens will require a valid passport for entry into Guatemala.

 

Emergencies - In case of any emergency, dial the National Police:l 120 or 110 , the Fire Dept: 124. INGUAT is open 24 hour/seven days per week direct telephone numbers for tourist assistance and emergencies are (502) 2421-2810 and (502) 5578-9836.

 

Water - Bottled water is highly recommended.

 

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About Guatemala:

 

Guatemala is the northernmost country in Central America. Its North borders Mexico, to the East is Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and to the South, the Pacific Ocean with its rich volcanic black-sand beaches .

 

Visitors are attracted to its cultural and natural richness, ranging from exquisite arts and crafts to the mighty ruins of Tikal or the beautiful reaches of El Peten's rainforest.

 

The official Language is Spanish but 23 indigenous languages are spoken throughout the land. Here the Mayan culture is in its full splendor - more than half of the country's population are full-blooded Indians -and Guatemala's Old World Spanish heritage is evident in its colonial architecture.

 

Pristine lakes, volcanic peaks, jagged mountains, deep ravines and an ever-changing landscape hide villages awaiting your visit and a renowned flora and fauna.

 

A classic Guatemala tour will combine a visit to Guatemala City and Antigua to explore its Spanish Colonial foundations, a visit to the Ruins of Tikal, exploring the colorful Chichicastenango Market and savoring the spectacular volcano views from Lake Atitlan.

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