Guatemala is a country located in
Central America.  It has 22 districts
including Guatemala City. Guatemala
is called ¨The Country of Eternal
Spring¨ because it offers a very nice
climate.  You can enjoy both cool
(60ºF) and warm (90ºF) with no more
than 200 kilometers between each
other.  We have beaches about 1 1/2
hours away from Guatemala City with
nice hot weather.
Antigua Guatemala is a
Spanish Colonial City.  
Some of our churches,
palaces and buildings are
now ruins because they
were destroyed by an
earthquake in 1773.  
Antigua has become the
most important tourist
center in Central America.  
Antigua has become the most important tourist center in Central America.  It is a
very nice, peaceful and quiet place to study Spanish. Antigua has very nice
weather.  It is warm during the day (75ºF) and cool in the evening (65ºF).  From
May to October we have winter with mild rains. Antigua is located 45kms. from
Guatemala city.  Surrounding Antigua, we have small villages where most of the
people are natives.
GUATEMALA
ANTIGUA
Centro Linguistico Maya
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Territorial Extension
108,889 square kilometers.
Population                    
Approx. 14,000,000.
Capital
Guatemala City.
Religion
Catholic.
Main Language
Spanish.
Other Languages
Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Tzutuil, Pocomam, etc.
Politic Division
22 departments.
Government System
Democratic.
Currency
Quetzal.
Economy
Food industries, cement, textiles, tires, medicines, iron,
footwear, beer, etc.
Traditional Agriculture
Corn, bean, rice, wheat, potato, fruit and several
vegetables.
Agriculture for
Exportation
Coffee, cacao, cotton, sugar, cardamom, garlic,
sesame, tobacco, bananas, fruits and flowers.
Geography
Varied topography with plenty of large mountainous
chains, valleys, and many volcanoes.
Climate
Mild, tropical, humid, dry, cold and rainy.
Ecology
Very unstable due to the land being unsuitable for
exploitation, massive deforestation, and indifference
towards wild life preservation.
Tourism
Antigua Guatemala, Tikal, Chichicastenango,
Panajachel, Río Dulce, etc.
Ethnology
Predominantly native Mayan population and mixed
race people (Spanish and indigenous mixture).
History
Includes Olmeca and Maya civilizations to the Spanish
civilization.
Traditions and
costumes
Enormous wealth and great variety: Holy Week, kites,
giants, flying stick, posadas, Christmas births, typical
textiles, etc.
Vernacular instruments
Marimba, Tun, Chirimía, Drum.
Typical foods
Beans, tortillas, pepián, tamales, rice.
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