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Getting Active Among the Volcanoes – Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala

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Vital statistics:

Capital:

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An aerial view of Guatemala City – Guatemala

Population: 14.3 million

Languages: Spanish; Maya dialects Time: GMT-6

International dialling code: +502

Visas: UK nationals are granted a visa on arrival, valid for 90 days.

Money: Quetzal (GTQ), currently around GTQ12.5 to the UK£. US dollars are widely accepted, though you’ll need local currency too.

When to go:

January, February, Mars, April, November, December: Dry season — hot in the jungle but comfortably warm in the Highlands. Many local fiestas held November-December, which can be noisy.

May, June, July, August, September, October: Rainy season — though doesn’t rain all day. Humidity highest July-September;

Health & safety: No special vaccinations are required. Drink purified water. Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Further reading & information: Moon Handbook Guatemala (Avalon, 2010) provides lots of local insights; Focus Guatemala (Footprint, 2011); Guatemala (Lonely Planet, 2013); Beyond the Mexique Way (first published 1934) by Aldous Huxley; Time Among the Maya (Abacus, 1997) by Ronald Wright

Planning guides: Guatemala guide

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