Map Page 1136 Area 67,661 square mi (108,890 square km) Population 13,909,384 Capital Guatemala City Highest Point 13,815 ft (4,211 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $3,900 Primary Natural Resources petroleum, nickel, rare woods.
THE REPUBLIC OF GUATEMALA is located in Central America and is bordered by the PACIFIC OCEAN, the Gulf of Honduras, otherwise known as the CARIBBEAN SEA, and four countries (EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, BELIZE, MEXICO).
The total length of the borders is about 1,296 mi (2,087 km), and the landscape is largely mountainous, with a limestone plateau.
The two coastal areas are very narrow.
Latino and Amerindian are the two major ethnic groups in Guatemala.
VOLCANIC REGION The mountainous areas of Guatemala are home to over 30 volcanoes.
Many volcanoes are still active and this area experiences occasional earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
The Caribbean coastline is very narrow and beaches are nonexistent, while the Pacific coastline is characterized by black-sand beaches.
Guatemala is intensely cultivated and agriculture employs 50 percent of the workforce; some people work on sugarcane and banana plantations.
Guatemala also features the Peten RAINFOREST, which is an archaeological treasure where many dinosaur bones can be found in the soil.
However, the existence of the Peten rainforest, located within the interior of Guatemala, is being threatened as trees are being cut down.
Soil erosion and water pollution also pose a great concern for the environment.
Guatemala has a tropical climate that varies with elevation.
The country's coastal regions are generally hot throughout the year, with usual temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees F (38 degrees C).
The summer seasons are hot and humid, while winters are warm and dry.
These regions are susceptible to hurricanes and other tropical storms.
The highlands are generally wet and cloudy during the summer, and the temperatures are not as hot as in the coastal regions because of the higher elevation.
The climate in the Peten rainforest is mostly wet year-round.
Summers are hot while winters are warm.
There is a brief dry season from February to April.
The rainforest is home to a variety of wildlife, which is in danger because of deforestation.
The quetzal, the national bird, is almost extinct.
Pumas, jaguars, ocelots, deer, tapir, and margay are among many of the animals living there.
- You can now apply for Australian Visa through the Internet
"Country entry permit application has become facilitated and the procedure itself takes less time.
Starting from October 1 this year this new system allows to apply for visa online 24/7, including holidays.
Electronic system makes possible not to visit the consulate to apply for the entry permit and you no longer need to mail papers. Moreover, the authorized individuals for applying from the applicant are free to use this system to apply for a visa instead of the applicant.
You are able to verify your application status through the Internet and when you get the entry permit to Australia all the documents will be sent either to your e-mail address or by a registered letter on the mailing address specified in the application form. You will need to take the received document with you and be able to show it if needed. However, it is noted that the airline company will be aware whether you have got the Australian visa or not (airport staff have an access to the electronic data system, which will also include information about received entry permits) and therefore you may not show your visa at passport control and during the boarding. "
- Traveling to Ellada is getting more expensive
"Because of the abolition of tax benefits for the most visited islands, the traveling prices to Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Skiathos will be considerably increased.
The preferential tax treatment, regulated on the islands, was canceled from October 1, 2015 according to the Government decision. The capacity to pay 30% less tax will also be concerned towards hotels located on the above mentioned islands. And from the beginning of the summer next year the new rules will be applied to the rest of the islands.
The imposed measures will affect the tourists, who will have to pay the bills without any tax treatment benefits. The new rule will first of all be applied to the hotel room prices, which may be increased up to 7-10% according to the experts forecast. Consequently, the vacation package price will also be increased, which does not favor the tourists. "