Country: Guatemala

Population: 12,728,111

Capital: Guatemala

Time Zone: UTC-6

Currency Name: quetzal (GTQ), US dollar (USD), others allowed

Government Type: Constitutional democratic republic

Languages: Spanish 60%, Amerindian languages 40% (23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca)

Ethnic Breakdown: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish - in local Spanish called Ladino) and European 59.4%, K'iche 9.1%, Kaqchikel 8.4%, Mam 7.9%, Q'eqchi 6.3%, other Mayan 8.6%, indigenous non-Mayan 0.2%, other 0.1%

Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs

Major Cities: Guatemala

Phone Country Code: 502

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Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: November - April

Voltage: 110 V - 60 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b, g, I

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Easter, May 1 (Labor Day), June 30 (Army Day), September 15 (Independence Day), October 20 (Revolution Day), November 1 (All Saints Day), December 24-25 (Christmas), December 31 (New Year's Eve)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Guatemala City was home to one of the first Mayan societies dating back to 2000 BC.