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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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Growth of Guatemala
The attraction of Foreign Direct Investment has increased 400% reaching $1.3 billion in the year 2013.
University Students
Guatemala has the largest student population in all of Central America with more than 312,700 students enrolled in 14 universities.
Why Guatemala?
Guatemala is ranked among the top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the "Happy Planet Index" of the New Economics Foundation.
Guatemala is the most developed metropolis in the entire Central American region from Mexico, D.F. to Bogota, Colombia.



“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

A pioneer company in public-private projects, Marhnos has operated the Palin-Escuintla highway since 1997, which connects Guatemala City with the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

This Mexican company, with more than 50 years of history, focuses on industrial, infrastructure, and real estate development projects. It is a pioneer in the implementation and operation of high specification highways, and has paved over 3,500 km of roads in Mexico.

Marhnos has obtained the ISO 9001:2008 Certification since 1999 and is part of the Group 99 Engineering and Construction Industry Partners of the World Economic Forum. It is also recognized as a socially responsible company; they have won several banking and fiscal recognitions.

In 1997, Marhnos received permission to build the southern portion of the Palín-Escuintla highway, and has opened operations in Guatemala for a period of 25 years. Marhnos has built, maintained, and operated the best road in the country with high quality standards and technology, helping thousands of Guatemalans to travel effectively to the southern coast of the country.

As indicated by Mr. Juan Martinez Venegas, General Manager in Guatemala: "To Mahrnos, Guatemala represented a unique and attractive business model. In addition, the Central American market started to interest us because of its growth and potential. For this reason, we visualized Guatemala as a challenge, we took the risk and it worked"

Guatemala has offered Marhnos unique strengths: a wide availability of natural resources, excellent geographical location, and a high level of infrastructure development projects. Such advantages stand out in the region and place Guatemala as the focus of interest for investors with vision in the areas of infrastructure and logistics.

Marhnos has invested approximately $186 million in Guatemala and has the license to operate the highway until 2022.