Language

Languages of Guatemala

The official language of Guatemala is Spanish, and 93% of the population speaks it with varying levels of fluency. In addition to Spanish, 24 other languages are spoken, 22 of them Amerindian languages spoken by Guatemala’s indigenous Mayan peoples. The remaining two are...
garífuna

The Garífuna of Guatemala

In 1635, a Spanish ship transporting slaves from Nigeria to the New World capsized, and its African survivors took refuge on the nearby island of St. Vincent. Cut off from the rest of the world, the former slaves began to intermarry with the local indigenous people, and over time...
guatemalan holidays

Guatemalan Holidays

Guatemalan holidays are no laughing matter. Fun-loving chapines can be found celebrating something just about every week of the year. The following is a list of must-see celebrations and when they occur so that you can plan your trip to take part in the fun. Semana Santa (Holy...