Guatemala

Did you know?

Home to Maya people, they worship the cacao tree and were the first to invent the chocolate bars we all love!

All old American buses once they are used for 10 years or have reached the miles limit, they are sold off here, where these buses would be used as chicken buses.

More about Guatemala:

ContinentNorth America
Area108,888 sq. km (107th in the world)
Capital CityGuatemala City
GovernmentConstitutional Republic
Official LanguageSpanish
Father of NationRafael Carrera
CurrencyGuatemalan Quetzal
National FlowerWhite Nun Orchid
National AnimalResplendent Quetzal
National BirdResplendent Quetzal
National DishPepián
National SportsFootball
Dominant ReligionCatholic
Population17.9 million (2023)
Per Capita Income4,880 USD (2022)

Short History:

Way back in the day, the Maya civilization was rocking the scene. They built impressive cities, created intricate calendars, and mastered hieroglyphic writing. But, as fate would have it, their glory days dwindled around the 10th century.

Fast forward to the 16th century, and here comes the Spanish conquistadors, led by Pedro de Alvarado. Guatemala becomes a Spanish colony, and they’re all about that colonization game – plantations, missions, the whole shebang.

The 19th century rolls in, and Guatemala’s caught up in the whirlwind of Central American independence from Spanish rule. There’s a bit of to-and-fro with alliances and unions, but eventually, Guatemala stands as an independent nation.

The 20th century brings a mix of political drama, economic struggles, and, unfortunately, some not-so-fun dictatorships. One name that rings a bell is that of the infamous General Jorge Ubico, who ruled with an iron fist until folks said, “Enough is enough!” Cue a series of coups and political shake-ups.

Fast forward to more recent times, and Guatemala faces the challenges of a civil war from 1960 to 1996, marked by social unrest, human rights abuses, and intense geopolitical maneuvering. The war comes to an end, but the scars run deep.

Today, Guatemala is a nation striving for stability, economic growth, and social justice. Its rich indigenous culture, ancient ruins, and vibrant traditions stand as a testament to a history that continues to shape its present and future. ¡Viva Guatemala!