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Guatemala (Basic Statistics)
Area (Sq Miles): 829,995
Literacy Rate: 68%
Currency: Guatemalan quetzal (equal to $0.13 USD)
Education: 6 Years (Ages 7 to 13) Mandatory
Climate and Geography
Portions of Guatamala are covered in rainforests. Extremely damp rainforests and muddy ground.
Culture and Etiquette
- Guatemala is a very polite and peaceful country. One of the most polite countries in Central America. A handshake is the most common way to say hi when you come to Guatemala. There's no special dress code for women in Guatemala. The women usually wear calf length skirts and knee length pants.
- Men rarely wear shorts except when going to the beach. Foreigners can do as they please without offence. However if a woman wears a mans clothes or a guy wears females clothes it isn't too well accepted.
The Guatemalans have adopted much of the Mayan culture. Since the Guatemalans were most born Mayan these traits and ideas of life that the Mayans adopted , the Guatemalans adopted them as well.