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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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Controlled Forests
Guatemala is a great attraction for investors in the sector, which also helps at the same time to conserve the environment and take care of the country’s forests.
Guatemala exports a wide variety of products derived from its forests.
Guatemala exports doors, hardwood floors, platforms, and coffins to markets such as Central America, Mexico, and Italy.



Guatemala is a country of fertile land and a variety of microclimates that allow for the growth of high quality wood such as Cedar, Mahogany, Rosul, Palo Blanco, Hormigón amongst others. The main export destinations are El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Italy, Brazil, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Argentina, Belgium and Spain.
What does Guatemala have to offer?
  • In 2013, Guatemala generated a total of US $816.2 million in forest products exports in 2013 generated up to $100 million. By nature a highly forested country with a total of 772,078.94 hectares of forest area where 82% is hardwood forests, 10% is coniferous forest, and the remaining 8% are mixed forests.
  • Exports of forest products in 2013 reached $100 million (Source: Agexport)
  • Guatemala has 3,722,595 hectares of forest area (Source: Forestry Information System of Guatemala)
  • Guatemala exports doors, hardwood floors, platforms and coffins to markets such as Central America, United States, Mexico and Italy (Source: Forestry Information System of Guatemala)
  • Guatemala offers a Forestry Incentives program for investors in the sector that want to contribute to preserving the environment and forests of the country.
  • Export products in the sector are: latex, rubber, wood, wood products, wood pulp, paper, cardboard, wood furniture, pencils, blackboards, doors, floorboards, plywood, coffins, railings, and baskets.

(Source: Forest Stewardship Council)


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More than
$100 million
in forestry exports.
of certified forest coverage

Guatemala is a DR-CAFTA country with the largest quantity of certified forest area in the region, having over 772 thousands hectares and more than 430 thousand hectares certified by the Forestry Management Council. The country guarantees not only availability of raw material but also social and environmental management, according to the most important international requirements.


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