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...
Xinka

The Xinka of Guatemala

The smallest and most mysterious of Guatemala’s four main ethnic groups is the Xinka, a non-Mayan indigenous community that dominated the southeastern part of the country between 900 and 1100 AD. Before the arrival of the Spanish, Xinka territory spanned from the shores of the...