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Guatemala Flag Guatemala (Spanish: República de Guatemala) is a country in central America. It shares land borders with Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico, as well as having a short coast on the Caribbean Sea, and a longer coast on the Pacific Ocean.

As of 2009, the population was an estimated 13,276,517. The capital and largest city, Guatemala City, according to the 2002 census, had a population of 942,348, with a total of 2,318,080 people living in the city and surrounding metropolitan area.

Guatemala Country Details


Country Name Guatemala
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Central America
Flag Guatemala Flag
Principal Language Spanish
Capital Guatemala City


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Lonely Planet Guatemala (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Daniel C Schechter

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Lonely Planet Guatemala (Travel Guide)
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#1 best-selling guide to Guatemala*

Lonely Planet Guatemala is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Visit Tika's monumental restored temples, learn to speak Spanish while admiring picture-postcard vistas in Antigua or hike Lago de Atitlan's lakeshore trails; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Guatemala and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Guatemala Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - ancient Maya heritage, history, religion, education, sport, wildlife, literature, painting, music, architecture, handicrafts, environmental issues, cuisine, coffee
  • Over 45 maps
  • Covers Guatemala City, Antigua, Lago de Atitlan, Quiche, Baja Verapaz, Alta Verapaz, Copan (Honduras), El Peten, Tikal, El Mirador, Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, Nebaj and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Guatemala, our most comprehensive guide to the country, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Central America on a Shoestring.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Best-selling guide to Guatemala. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA.

The Rough Guide to Guatemala (Rough Guides)
By Rough Guides

Rough Guides
Released: 2015-10-06
Paperback (376 pages)

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The Rough Guide to Guatemala is the definitive guide to this fascinating Central American country. Its detailed accounts of attractions and full-color maps show you everything Guatemala has to offer, from ancient Mayan cities to beautiful rainforest scenery and stunning lakes.

Newly updated, this guide is packed with insider tips about off-the-beaten-track destinations, hiking trails, surf spots, kayak and rafting trips, and jungle walks, as well as all the best hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars for every budget. Whether you're taking in the grand Mayan site of Tikal, the colonial architecture of Antigua, a traditional market, or an adventurous jungle trek, The Rough Guide to Guatemala will help you experience the best.

Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Guatemala.

Moon Guatemala (Moon Handbooks)
By Al Argueta

Moon Travel
Released: 2015-10-13
Paperback (456 pages)

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This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and detailed maps to help with trip planning.

Part-time Guatemala resident Al Argueta provides travelers with an insider's view of Guatemala's best, from idyllic surf spots to popular volcanoes. Argueta offers in-depth coverage of Lake Atitlan and La Antigua, as well as Guatemala City's diverse selection of museums. With expert advice on where to eat, sleep, relax, and explore, Moon Guatemala gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Guatemala (National Geographic Adventure Map)
By National Geographic Maps - Adventure

National Geographic Maps
Map (2 pages)

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• Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel Map

National Geographic's Guatemala Adventure Map is the most comprehensive map available for travelers exploring the country's rich cultural heritage and diverse natural beauty. Combining a clearly marked road network, a user-friendly index of cities and towns, topographic information and points of interest, this expertly researched map is the perfect companion to any guide book. The mapped road network, shown with distances, includes major highways and secondary roads along with high clearance roads and tracks, for those seeking to explore off the beaten path. Additional travel information includes airports, airstrips, ferry routes, railroads and border crossings. Among the hundreds of pinpointed cultural, ecological, historical and adventure destinations are national parks and other protected areas, archeological sites, caves, beaches, shipwrecks, coral reefs, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The front side covers northern Guatemala and its northern border regions with Mexico and Belize. Included are the Mayan areas of El Mirador and Tikal National Park along with the island town of Flores on Lake Peten Itza. The reverse side covers the country south of the Yucatan Peninsula, bordering areas of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize, the Pacific Ocean shoreline and part of the Gulf of Honduras. In this area you'll find the World Heritage site of Antigua, Lakes Atitlan and Izabel, Pacaya Volcano and the capital, Guatemala City.

Every Adventure Map is printed on durable synthetic paper, making them waterproof, tear-resistant and tough — capable of withstanding the rigors of international travel.

  • Map Scale = 1:500,000
  • Sheet Size = 37.75" x 25.5"
  • Folded Size = 4.25" x 9.25"
Fodor's Belize: with a Side Trip to Guatemala (Travel Guide)
By Lan Sluder and Rose Lambert-Sluder

Fodor s Travel Guides
Released: 2017-04-25
Paperback (320 pages)

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  • Fodor s Belize with a Side Trip to Guatemala Full color Travel Guide
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years.

Belize might just have the greatest variety of flora and fauna of any country of its size in the world. Offshore the Belize Barrier Reef, a great wall of coral, stretches the entire 200-mile-length of the coast. And archaeologists have identified more than 600 significant Mayan sites in Belize. Fodor's guide gives you all the information you need to plan the perfect trip, whether you want a scuba adventure, a getaway to a secluded jungle lodge, or barefoot luxury in a peaceful beach town.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of maps
· An 8-page color insert with a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Belize
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· Major sights such as Mayan Ruins, Hummingbird Highway, and Actun Tunichil Muknal
· Side Trip from Belize including Guatemala
· Coverage of Belize City, The Cayes and Atolls, Northern Belize, The Cayo, The Southern Coast, and The Deep South
Lonely Planet Guatemala (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Daniel C Schechter

Lonely Planet
Paperback (328 pages)

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Guatemala is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the street markets of Chichicastenango, climb the radiant Maya ruins of Tikal or dip your toes in the ethereal Lago de Atitlan; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Guatemala and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Guatemala Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, Maya heritage, politics, landscapes, wildlife, and etiquette
  • Over 46 maps
  • Useful features - including Maya Ruins Planning Feature, Off the Beaten Track Itinerary and Illustrated Map of Tikal
  • Coverage of Antigua, Chichicastenango and other highland towns, Lago de Atitlan, Grutas de Lanquin, Semuc Champey, Tikal and other Maya ruins of El Peten, Pacific beaches, Guatemala City and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Guatemala, our most comprehensive guide to Guatemala, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Central America on a Shoestring guide.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Lucas Vidgen and Daniel C Schechter.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Guatemala - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
By Lisa Vaughn

Kuperard
Released: 2007-06-05
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Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include * customs, values, and traditions * historical, religious, and political background * life at home * leisure, social, and cultural life * eating and drinking * do's, don'ts, and taboos * business practices * communication, spoken and unspoken
Guatemala (Other Places Travel Guide)
By Eric Larson

Other Places Publishing
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  • Written and researched by former Guatemala Peace Corps Volunteers offering insight found nowhere else
  • A focus on responsible travel while highlighting local initiatives
  • 38 detailed maps and directions for getting around like a local

The writer of this guidebook spent three years in Guatemala as a Peace Corps Volunteer, where he had the unforgettable opportunity to work, live, and form friendships in the country’s most rural regions. Gained from firsthand experiences, this comprehensive travel guide provides you with local knowledge and insight into the very best that this enchanting country has to offer. With this book in tow, you’re sure to get off the beaten path and discover the real Guatemala.

  • Explore Antigua, one of Latin America's most lively and well-preserved colonial cities.
  • Experience Mayan culture at an indigenous ceremony or market day in the Highlands.
  • Transport yourself back in time through a visit to the grand Mayan temples of Tikal, El Mirador, or any of Guatemala’s famous historical sites.
  • Dive into the waters of Lake Atitlán, bask in the crystalline pools of Semuc Champey, or lounge on the rolling beaches of the Pacific Coast.
  • Mingle with locals at one of Guatemala's numerous radiant, colorful festivals.
  • Share a traditional meal with welcoming locals to appreciate genuine chapín hospitality.

What are people saying about the book?

“The book included helpful cultural information, and I could definitely relate to some of the Peace Corps stories from a previous visit to Guatemala.” – Paige, Amazon.com reviewer

“Excellent information about Guatemala, the authors put a lot of effort into compiling information for the entire country. Ideal for tourists on a budget.” – Elizabeth Bell, Amazon.com reviewer

“This is a great guide for those looking to see Guatemala beyond the beaten path. Thoughtful and insightful.” -Heather Graham, Amazon.com reviewer

“[The guide] is particularly helpful in leading travelers off the beaten path—but not too far. As for destinations “on the beaten path,” (like Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal), there is helpful advice to get the most out of these stops.” – Benjamin Compaine, Amazon.com reviewer

Insight Guides Guatemala, Belize and The Yucatán
By Iain Stewart

Insight Guides
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Insight Guides Guatemala, Belize and The Yucatán
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Insight Guide Guatemala, Belize & the Yucatan is an essential guide to this colorful region, brought to life with hundreds of evocative photographs. Our inspirational Best of Guatemala, Belize and the Yucatan section highlights the area’s unmissable sights and experiences, while a comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the practical information you need to plan your trip, and our selective listings bring you the best hotels and restaurants.

Lavish magazine-style features offer a unique insight into certain aspects of this part of the world, looking at Mayan ruins, Guatemalan textiles and eco-tourism in Belize. A detailed Places section, with full-color maps cross-referenced to the lively narrative, guides you around the entire region, from Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan Highlands and Belize’s Barrier Reef to Chichén Itzá, one of the greatest Maya cities.
 


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