Officially the Republic of Guatemala

The Lake of Atitlan

Atitlan is recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America with maximum depth about 340 metres (1,120 ft). Lake Atitlan is further characterized by towns and villages of the Maya people. The lake is surrounded by three volcanoes.

Facts About Guatemala

15,468,203 Is there current population from 2013.

There Language they speak is Spanish

Capital Guatemala City ★

Guatemalan quetzal (Currency)

President: Otto Pérez Molina

Government: Unitary state, Presidential system, Constitutional republic

Two Neighboring Countries: Belize, Chiapas

Map of Guatemala

This is Zona Viva

This city is considered a more affluent district with a high density of bars, restaurants, hotels and discothèques. In addition, a great number of shopping malls and office buildings makes this area a bustling business centre of Guatemala City.

Special Words And Expressions

  • un patojo/ ishto – a kid, a child
  • pisto – Money (term borrowed from the Maya peoples in Guatemala)
  • canche – a light-skinned person, but not usually for a foreigner
  • bagre – uncool
  • me soltó casacas – he gave excuses (to make-up excuses)
  • tengo un clavo – I have a problem (literally: I have a nail)
  • ¡qué arrecho que es! – how brave / bold he is!
  • él es buena nota – he is a cool person
  • ¡qué chulo! – how pretty!
  • eres muy codo – you are very cheap
  • ¡se colgó / cantineó! – he fell in love!
  • quiubo – (que hubo? – what was there?) a form of greeting, like ‘what’s up ?’
  • se encachimbó – he/She got mad
  • está bolo – he is drunk
  • bombear – to rob / steal
  • ponte los caballos – put on your pants/jeans
  • vamos al chonguengue? – shall we go to the party?
  • ñola – head

Food and Drinks

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs Fried Eggs refried red or black beans

desayuno Chapin: If you order a desayuno Chapin, or Guatemalan breakfast, you'll also be served fresh fruit, a slice of local cheese, and some sautéed sweet plantains.

Seafood: Shrimp, lobster, and a variety of fish are always on the menu. You're best off sticking to simple preparations, either grilled or fried.

Beverages: Most major brands of soft drinks are available, as are fresh shakes (licuados) made with papaya, pineapple, mango, or my personal favorite, guanabana.

Weather and Geography

Guatemala’s weather is neither too hot nor too cold. Its seasons tend to be divided into the dry season and the wet season, although the temperature,which averages 22°C (72°F) across the country, varies more according to altitude than by season. The landscape is predominantly mountainous and heavily forested, with narrow coastal plains and tropical, humid lowlands blanketed in rainforests, coffee and banana plantations.

Torre del Reformador

75 meters tall, this landmark designed after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, is a symbol of pride for the people of Guatemala.

All Saints Day

All Saints Day, celebrated on November 1, is celebrated with unique traditions throughout Guatemala; giant kites are flown in the cemeteries of Santiago Sacatepequez and Sumpango near Antigua Guatemala. Many Guatemalans feast on a traditional food known as fiambre. An unusual horse race is held in Todos Santos Cuchumatan.

Guatemala Civil War

The Guatemalan Civil War ran from 1960 to 1996. It was mostly fought between the government of Guatemala and variousleftist rebel groups supported chiefly by ethnic Mayan indigenous people and Ladino peasants, who together make up the rural poor. The government forces of Guatemala have been condemned for committing genocide against the Mayan population of Guatemala during the civil war and for widespread human rights violations against civilians.

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