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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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has incomparable places and views, hotel infrastructure, roads, areas to practice extreme sports, and the most privileged climate of the region.
Guatemala is known as the "Country of Eternal Spring", with an average temperature of 21°C (70°F).
Mega Diverse Country
Guatemala has over 9,500 species of flora and fauna immersed in 14 eco-regions and habitats
Offers various tourism options for all enjoyment: adventure, natural beauty, ancestral history, culture, and cosmopolitan lifestyle.



Guatemala has climatic conditions for tourism development throughout the year, making it one of the most dynamic sectors with higher levels of growth in the last decade. There is competitiveness in price-quality to offer tourist services with global standards at the most affordable prices in the region.
  • The country’s average temperature is 21º C (70º F)
  • Guatemala has a diverse territory of 108,889 mi2 where the following are located (42,042.28 mi2): 365 microclimates, tropical jungles, volcanoes, lakes, Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Mayan Cities, Colonial Cities, and the comfort and modernism of the most cosmopolitan city of the region, Guatemala City. There are more than 9,500 species of flora and fauna immersed in 14 eco-regions and habitats/areas of life (zonas de vida).
  • Guatemala is a multicultural country and with more than 23 ethnic groups that represent strong cultures. We are proud to say that there are three sites declared as locations of Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity (Tikal, Quiriguá, and Antigua Guatemala)
  • Guatemala is one of the three countries of Latin America with preserved colonial cities that serve as functional urban centers, which among them 5 are catalogued as Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
  • The United Nations Program for the Environment declared Guatemala in the year 2012 as the “mega diverse country,” being the country of Central America with the largest quantity of Mayan ruins and a colonial legacy that offers wide opportunities for SAVE tourism (Scientific/Academic/Volunteer/Educational)/
  • Guatemala received a total of  2,000,126 tourists in 2013.
  • 98% of tourists that visit Guatemala recommend it as “a marvelous destination”
  • Tourists that visit Guatemala are so marveled that more than 70% return to the country afterwards.
  • Antigua, Guatemala has received regional and worldwide awards: it is recognized as one of the 5 best cities in the world to walk around in and one of the 5 main tourist cities of Latin America.
  • The Guatemalan population leaves such a lasting impression on foreign visitors and thus has been recognized among the 10 most positive and happy populations at the worldwide level.
  • Guatemala has unique places and views, 5-star hotel infrastructure, roads, areas to practice extreme sports, and the most privileged climate of the region.
  • There are tourism options for adventure, natural beauty, ancestral history, culture, and cosmopolitan life.
  • Guatemala is: the Heart of the Mayan World, the colonial history of Antigua Guatemala, the tranquility of the Caribbean’s turquoise waters, the exciting adventure of the Pacific ocean, and the impressiveness of the volcanoes, all in just one geographic area.

(Source: International Congress and Convention Association)

* Nicaragua is not on the ranking of the study

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Guatemala receives more than
2 million
tourists per year.
Out of all the visitors, more than
return to Guatemala.
Out of all visitors,
98% recommend
Guatemala as “a marvelous destination”
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Guatemala has risen 13 places in the International Congress and Convention Association ranking, placing first in the Central American region. With over 42,000 square miles of diversity, the country attracts nearly 2 million tourists annually, creating the need of growing infrastructure and tourism services for all types of enjoyment.


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