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Guatemala, a country to live

With beautiful sceneries, high cultural diversity, abundant historical and cultural attractions, a highly developed capital city, Guatemala is definitely a unique country to live in. It has been ranked as one of the 10 happiest and most positive countries in the world.

Political and Financial Situation

Guatemala is an economically thriving country. Being the largest economy in Central America, it has a wide diversity of destinations and products. In addition, macroeconomic stability is widely recognized; has a low and controlled inflation, exchange rate stability and one of the lowest external debts in Latin America. Download document Guatemala in figures:

Guatemala's Climates

Guatemala, the country of the Eternal Spring, is a country with an exceptional climate. With an average temperature of 21°C (70°F) throughout the year and more than 360 microclimates along its 108,889 km² (42,042 mi²), the climate allows for a variety of activities which makes it a unique country.

Investments in Latin America

Latin America is a region of great economic importance and very attractive for foreign investment, representing 13.5% of total direct foreign investment worldwide, according to UNCTAD. To strengthen trade and foreign investment in the region, the Interamerican Development Bank created ConnectAmericas, a social network for promoting business and investment in the region. See more at:

How to open a business in Guatemala

To operate in Guatemala, every investor should register their company in the Commercial Register. The process takes from 12 to 19 days. The easiest and fastest way to do this is through a web portal designed to make all of your arrangements online and communicate directly with the institutions involved in the opening process.

Tourism in Guatemala

More than a journey, Guatemala is full of life lessons. It has 42,042 square miles of immense diversity: Colonial Cities, Mayan Ruins, Caribbean Coast, Pacific Ocean, Volcanoes, Lakes, Tropical Rainforest, spaces to practice extreme sports, and a highly developed city . However, the country offers more than this: leaving life lessons to every visitor.

“For one of our main clients, Allied Global’s operations in Guatemala represent its second major call center service provider” -Germán López, Chief Strategy Officer. Allied Global
“Guatemala represented a unique and attractive business model. A challenge was visualized in Guatemala. We ran the risk and it worked” -Lic Juan Martínes Venegas, General Manager Marhnos Guatemala
"Guatemala is our main emerging market in Latin America. All of our clients are pleased to do business in Guatemala - José J. Urizar, EGS Operations VP in Guatemala
“In Guatemala, the tax incentives to establish a new business are attractive, the business environment is positive and optimistic, and the workforce is excellent” -Federico Medinilla, CEO Xerox Guatemala
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The food industry
Is a pillar for the national economy, which represents 21.8% of GDP and generates revenues of over $11.7 billion.
produced in Guatemala has won many international awards on several occasions.
Sugar Industry
The sugar industry is recognized worldwide for being number 1 in efficiency and productivity

Food Industry

Food Industry

This sector is key due to the large amount of natural resources and variety of microclimates that make the country stand out for its agro-industrial production, with recognized and globally competitive products. Proximity and easy access to markets in North America (The United States and Canada, 348.6 million people), Mexico (120.8 million people) and is the gateway to the Central American market with 40.4 million people.
  • Guatemala has commercial ports in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
  • The Guatemalan sugar industry is recognized worldwide as number 1 in efficiency and productivity, according to studies by Invest in Guatemala.
  • There is high availability of raw materials, a wide variety of agricultural products, which facilitates processes and reduces costs.
  • The food industry represents 21.8% of GDP and generates over $11.7 billion (Source: Bank of Guatemala)
  • Guatemala exports $4,953million to the United States, Mexico, and Central America (Source: Bank of Guatemala)
  • The country has more than 360 microclimates and more than 9,500 species of flora and fauna, providing variety, quality, and availability of raw materials (Source: FAO, INGUAT)
  • Guatemala has around 11 million arable hectares and only 12% is being cultivated. (Source: Development Foundation of Guatemala)
  • 4th major sugar exporter worldwide and the most efficient country in terms of shipping capacity at port (Source: Sugar Association of Guatemala)
  • 1st exporter of snow peas to the United States (Source: Agritrade)
  • 1st worldwide exporter of cardamom and poinsettias (Source:Cardamomers Association of Guatemala)
  • 8th largest banana exporter (Source: Ministry of Economy of Guatemala)
  • Guatemala is one of the main coffee providers for Starbucks Coffee and is also an important provider of wood keys for Yamaha and Gibson guitars.
  • Beer and rum produced in Guatemala have been awarded international prizes on several occasions.
  • In the case of sugarcane, Guatemala is known for having the best yield in Latin America and The Caribbean, four and a half times greater than the minimum average yield for the region. Currently, according to FAO and ECLAC, Guatemala is the fourth largest sugar exporter in the world and the second in Latin America.

(Source: World Bank )


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Important exporter of food products

Guatemala stands in the export of food and beverage products, primarily in the areas of drinks preserves and confectionery. Guatemala is the regional leader in the production of liqueurs awards worldwide. In 2013, Guatemala exported nearly US $340 million in these products to destinations such as the United States, Mexico and the rest of Central America.


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