By Jayden Herd

Guatemala

Glad (Joyous) Guatemala! may your altar
Never be trampled by the tormentor
Nor may slaves lick the yoke
Nor may tyrants spit upon your face

If tomorrow your sacred soil
By foreign invasion is threatened
Free into the wind, your beautiful flag
To victory or death it shall call

Free into the wind, your beautiful flag
To victory or death it shall call
Your people will, with fiery soul,
die before being enslaved

From your old and hard chains
You forged, with an ire-driven hand,
The plow that fertilizes the soil
And the honor-saving sword.

Our fathers fought one day,
Lit up in patriotic burning
And they managed, without bloody clash,
To place you on a throne of love

And they achieved, without bloody clash,
To place you on a throne of love,
And our Nation, in energetic assent,
Gave life to the redeeming ideal.

Your emblem is a piece of the sky
From which a cloud gets its whiteness
And woe onto him who dares in blind madness
your colours to stain!

For your sons, brave and zealous,
who adore peace as a great treasure
will never avoid the rough battle
to defend their land and their home.

They will never avoid the rough battle
to defend their land and their home
as well as the altar of the mother country,
their altar.

Lying upon the proud Ande,
of the two oceans, hearing its noise,
under the gold and crimson red wing of the beautiful quetzal
you will become entranced.

Native bird that lives in your seal
the protector of your soil
May it fly high
more than the condor and the royal eagle

May it fly high
more than the condor and the royal eagle
And in its wings, may it raise up to the sky
Guatemala, your name, immortal!

Exports

Banana, Cardamom, coffee, sugar, furniture, and clothing.

Imports

Fuels, machinery, electricity, fertilizer, and vehicles.

Transfer Rate

$1 = 1 Quetzal

Costs of Things

Rent: monthly average of $16.06

Groceries: average of $53.02

Food: average of 35.09

Religion

Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Native Mayan religion

Cultural Groups

Hispanic: 59.4%

European: 41.6%

Languages

Spanish

Amerindian, which is a mix of Native American and English

Best Times to Visit

December, January, February, March, April, and May, because of the cool temperatures.

Passport

Apply at the embassy and pay the fee. $135 for adults and $105 for minors

Visa

Apply at the embassy. $25 for one, $50 for multiple

Dangers

Dangers include three active volcanoes and tropical storms

Official Name

Republic of Guatemala

General Size

Guatemala is about the size of Colorado

Population

14,099,033 as of 2010

Guatemala Capital

Guatemala City

Type of Government

Republic

Time Difference

1:02 minutes

Different Food Types

Several foods contain beans, peppers, spices, corn, and chili as main ingredients

Climate

Temperate to Tropical

Life Expectancy

68 years for men, 74 years for women

Income

$1,019 is the monthly average

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