Ten fun facts about Guatemala
Guatemala means “land of trees in the Mayan tongue. The official name of the country is Republic of Guatemala. It is also known as “land of the eternal spring” as it has a warm tropical climate more temperate in the highlands and drier in the easternmost areas.
The country is divided into 3 parts: the sparsely-populated northern plains, the volcanic yet largely populated central highlands and the agricultural Pacific lowlands.
Guatemala gained independence from Spain on September 15th1821. The largest holiday fair takes place in Quetzaltenango on this national holiday.
The official language of Guatemala is Spanish though many native tribes speak their native tongue. The official currency is the Quetzal.
The Capitol city is Guatemala City which is one of the most populated cities in Guatemala.
Guatemala has the largest collection of UNESCO heritage sites, namely Antigua Guatemala, Archeoligical Park and Ruinds of Quirigua and Tikal National Park.
The national flag of Guatemala represents two bodies of water with two separate blue strips and a national coat of arms in the middle.
The first chocolate bar was invented during Mayan Times in Guatemala. Blue Denim was first created in Guatemala.
The highest point in Guatemala is Tajumulco Volcano. There are nearly 33 volcanoes spread through the highlands of Guatemala.
Agriculture contributes as one-fourth of the country’s GD. P Coffee, bananas and sugar are the main products of the land.
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