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Travel information about Guatemala

Guatemala is located in the continent of Central America near Mexico with a total area of 108,889 km2 (42,042 sq mi) and a population of approximately 16,582,469. Guatemala is very famous for its archaeological sites, the pre-Hispanic cities, tourist-religious places like the Basilica of Esquipulas, and the beautiful beaches.

Capital city of Guatemala: Guatemala City

Closest neighbors to Guatemala: Bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast.

Best times to visit Guatemala: December and January is the best time of the year to visit Guatemala where landscapes are still green because of the recent rain and the sky is clear.

How to get to Guatemala: There are direct and non-direct flights served from the US to Guatemala. From Canada, UK, and Ireland, you have to travel via US.

Visa requirements for Guatemala: No visa required up to 90 days although one should need a visa to enter the USA, a passport is needed valid for 6 months.
Currency of Guatemala: Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ) is the currency of Guatemala.

Official Language of Guatemala: Spanish is the official language of Guatemala.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Guatemala

There are 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Guatemala and 21 on their tentative list.

Cultural (2)

  • Antigua Guatemala (1979)
  • Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua (1981)

Mixed (1)

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.