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  • Background info
  • Food and drinks Guatemala
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  • Landscape Guatemala
    Guatemala is among the most attractive destinations in Latin America. The area has a great diversity of landscapes and has a rich culture. The beautiful colonial city of Antigua is a legacy from the days ...
  • Population Guatemala
    Guatemala has a population of about 13,8 million. About 59% of the population is Ladino, also called Mestizo and European (mixed Amerindian and Spanish). Whites are a much smaller community (>1%), primarily of Spanish, but ...
  • Religion Guatemala
    About 60% of the population are Catholic with most of the rest being Protestant. Some indigenous communities hold services combining Catholicism with pre-Columbian rites. ...
  • Tipping Guatemala
    Employees working in restaurants and hotels earn little. You can ensure that their situation is a fraction eased by leaving a good tip. The directive is (at least if satisfactory service is provided) approximately € ...
  • Weather and climate Guatemala
    Guatemala's climate varies according to altitude. The coastal areas and the northeast are hot throughout the year with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F) sometimes reaching as high as 37°C (99°F). Generally, nights are clear ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information Guatemala
    visa: A visa is not required to enter Guatemala at this time. This can change at anytime so please check here for the latest information. passport: Your passport should be valid for your entire stay plus another 6 ...
  • Communication Guatemala
    post: The post in Guatemala is slow. If you want to make sure that your mail arrives, and within a reasonable time, give your letters and cards directly to the post office (correo). The mail usually ...
  • Information for people at home Guatemala
    Please make sure to leave your travel plans with someone at home. Shoestring are not able to pass on any of your details to a third party. Make sure to complete the section on the ...
  • Luggage and clothing Guatemala
    This trip is partly spent in tropical lowland and partly by the mountains where there is a temperate climate with some cold nights. Therefore, take thin cotton clothes. For evening, a high-necked T-shirt with long ...
  • Money Guatemala
    The Quetzal is the official currency of Guatemala. It is equal to 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of Q100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 50 centavos. Coins are in denominations of Q1, ...
  • Time differences Guatemala
    Guatemala time is GMT-6 hours with no daylight saving. Please check here for current times of various locations. ...