Guatemala

Capital Guatemala City

Population 16,176,133

Area 108,889 km2

Key facts

Guatemala is a country located in Central America. There are 4 countries (Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico) that Guatemala shares its borders with. The official language of Guatemala is Spanish. Traveling across Guatemala if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Guatemala was ranked 61st out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Guatemala is Guatemalan quetzal (GTQ). The quetzales (Q) is subdivided into 100 centavo.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 8.42 GTQ and 1 USD is worth 7.85 GTQ.

Guatemalan
Banknotes

50Q1Q5Q10Q20Q50Q100Q200

Guatemalan
Coins

15102550Q1

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Guatemala is 37.06 Mbps and mobile is 79.14 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Guatemala has less ATMs.36.09 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Guatemala, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Guatemala. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 120 V, 60 Hz  Type B 120 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Guatemala will celebrate 13 national public holidays. The next one Maundy Thursday will take place on April 6.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
April 6, 2023Moving holiday Maundy ThursdayMaundy Thursday
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
April 8, 2023Moving holiday Holy SaturdayHoly Saturday
April 9, 2023Moving holiday Easter SundayEaster Sunday
May 1, 2023 International Workers’ DayInternational Workers’ Day
June 30, 2023 Army DayArmy Day
September 15, 2023 Independence DayIndependence Day
October 20, 2023 Revolution DayRevolution Day
November 1, 2023 All Saints’ DayAll Saints’ Day
December 24, 2023 Christmas EveChristmas Eve
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 31, 2023 New Year’s EveNew Year’s Eve

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Guatemala?

There are no Mariott hotels in Guatemala.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Guatemala.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Guatemala.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Guatemala.

There are no Radisson hotels in Guatemala.

There are no Accor hotels in Guatemala.

What fast food chains are present in Guatemala?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Guatemala.

The KFC chain operates in Guatemala.

The Burger King chain operates in Guatemala.

The Subway chain operates in Guatemala.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Guatemala.

The Starbucks chain operates in Guatemala.

Weather

What is the weather like in Guatemala City?

Today the sun in Guatemala City, rises at 6:27 AM and sets at 6:05 PM. The climate of Guatemala City may be categorized as a , according to Koppen’s classification system.

WednesdayFeb 8OvercastLow: 14.2°C (57.56°F)High: 25.7°C (78.26°F)
TodayFeb 9Partly cloudlyLow: 14.8°C (58.64°F)High: 25.5°C (77.9°F)
FridayFeb 10Partly cloudlyLow: 15.4°C (59.72°F)High: 25.1°C (77.18°F)
SaturdayFeb 11Partly cloudlyLow: 14.8°C (58.64°F)High: 24.4°C (75.92°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: 13.7°C (56.66°F)High: 18.3°C (64.94°F)
MondayFeb 13OvercastLow: 13.4°C (56.12°F)High: 24.6°C (76.28°F)

Weather data for Guatemala City (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 2 cities. Bolt is not available in Guatemala.

Car Rental Avis , Hertz are available, but Sixt is not present in Guatemala.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 1.9, Guatemala is placed 128th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Guatemala traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  165.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 22.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Guatemala

110 Police
128 Ambulance
128 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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