Guatemala

Key Country Facts

Population: 15 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

The currency, Guatemala Quetzal, is named after the beautiful Quetzal bird. In ancient Mayan times, the feathers of this bird were used as currency!

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Mayan Ruins, El Mirador

Other Information:

Major exports: sugar, coffee, petroleum, fruits, vegetables, cardamom, and manufacturing goods.

Tropical Guatemala, a small country about the size of Ohio! The capital of Guatemala is Guatemala City. Guatemala gained independence in 1821 and has roughly 15,189,958 people—the most populated country in all of Central America! The official language is Spanish, but there are 23 Amerindian languages also widely spoken. Here I am only one hour behind EST. Guatemalans practice a variety of religions including Catholicism, protestant Christianity, as well as indigenous Mayan beliefs.

Major exports from the country include sugar, coffee, petroleum, fruits, vegetables, cardamom, and manufacturing goods. Major imports into the country include fuels, construction materials, grains, fertilizers, as well as mineral, chemical and plastic products.

The country is rich in both Spanish and native Mayan culture. Travelers cannot visit without seeing the Mayan Ruins! In 1926, the ruins of the Mayan city El Mirador were re-discovered; today, it can be accessed by a grueling five day hike through the jungle.

One fun fact about the country is that its currency, the Guatemala Quetzal, is named after the beautiful Quetzal bird. In ancient Mayan times, the feathers of this bird were used as currency.

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UN Recognized Countries

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150

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