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GUATEMALA

Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America 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. Its area is 108,890 km2 (42,043 sq mi) with an estimated population of 13,276,517.

The country is mountainous with small desert and sand dune patches, hilly valleys, except for the south coastal area and the vast northern lowlands of Petén department. Two mountain chains enter Guatemala from west to east, dividing the country into three major regions: the highlands, where the mountains are located; the Pacific coast, south of the mountains and the Petén region, north of the mountains. All major cities are located in the highlands and Pacific coast regions; by comparison, Petén is sparsely populated. These three regions vary in climate, elevation, and landscape, providing dramatic contrasts between hot, humid tropical lowlands and colder, drier highland peaks. Volcán Tajumulco, at 4,220 m, is the highest point in the Central American states.

When to go:
Guatemalas climate is lovely year round and is generally hot throughout the county, making travel possible at any time. The rainy season is generally from May to November. Climate variations are due to altitude and the north has a hot, tropical climate with maximum rainfall between May and September. The coastal regions and north east are hot with a dry season running from November to April and rainy season, which is slightly cooler with temperatures averaging around 20 C that runs from May to October.

Average monthly temperature (°C)

GMT:
-6hrs (Guatemala).

Language:
Spanish.

Currency:
Quetzal (GTQ).

Tourist/Visa/Health information:
British citizens must have a passport or replacing document that is valid for the period of intended stay in Guatemala. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, for British passport holders endorsed British Citizen.

Flight Information:
There are no direct flights to Guatemalas La Aurora International Airport from the UK. Most flights route through East coast US hubs in New York, Washington and Atlanta. There are direct flights to Madrid, taking 11 hours and 30 minutes.

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