Spanish is the primary language, however there are 23 native American languages spoken as well. Some English is spoken.
The currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal (named after the national bird). Coins are in denominations of one, five, ten, twenty five, and fifty cents as well as One Quetzal. The bills are in fifty cents, one, five, ten, twenty, fifty, and one hundred Quetzales denominations.
Guatemala time is 1 hour behind U.S. Eastern Standard Time and daylight savings time is not observed.
In Guatemala, the electrical current is 110-volts, 60-cycles, AC - The same as for the United States.
Weather and Clothing:
warm-weather clothing is appropriate for most of the year. Cooler weather clothing is appropriate for November through February. The climate does vary according to the altitude, but enjoys moderated climate throughout the year in most of its territory, with an average temperature of 75°F. The rainy season runs from May to October, and the dry season runs from November to April.
Tourist Attractions include:
Numerous Maya archeological sites and museums,
colonial architecture, shopping at native markets, Lake Atitlan
(located high in the mountains), and great fishing
along the Caribbean coast.
To enter Guatemala, one is required to have a passport and visa, or a tourist card and proof of citizenship. Tourist cards are issued by the consulate or airline for $1 and are valid for 30 days and one entry only. A visa is
available from the consulate at no charge, are valid for 5-years, and allows multiple entries.