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Guatemala, a country to live

With beautiful sceneries, high cultural diversity, abundant historical and cultural attractions, a highly developed capital city, Guatemala is definitely a unique country to live in. It has been ranked as one of the 10 happiest and most positive countries in the world.

Political and Financial Situation

Guatemala is an economically thriving country. Being the largest economy in Central America, it has a wide diversity of destinations and products. In addition, macroeconomic stability is widely recognized; has a low and controlled inflation, exchange rate stability and one of the lowest external debts in Latin America. Download document Guatemala in figures:

Guatemala's Climates

Guatemala, the country of the Eternal Spring, is a country with an exceptional climate. With an average temperature of 21°C (70°F) throughout the year and more than 360 microclimates along its 108,889 km² (42,042 mi²), the climate allows for a variety of activities which makes it a unique country.

Investments in Latin America

Latin America is a region of great economic importance and very attractive for foreign investment, representing 13.5% of total direct foreign investment worldwide, according to UNCTAD. To strengthen trade and foreign investment in the region, the Interamerican Development Bank created ConnectAmericas, a social network for promoting business and investment in the region. See more at:

How to open a business in Guatemala

To operate in Guatemala, every investor should register their company in the Commercial Register. The process takes from 12 to 19 days. The easiest and fastest way to do this is through a web portal designed to make all of your arrangements online and communicate directly with the institutions involved in the opening process.

Tourism in Guatemala

More than a journey, Guatemala is full of life lessons. It has 42,042 square miles of immense diversity: Colonial Cities, Mayan Ruins, Caribbean Coast, Pacific Ocean, Volcanoes, Lakes, Tropical Rainforest, spaces to practice extreme sports, and a highly developed city . However, the country offers more than this: leaving life lessons to every visitor.

“For one of our main clients, Allied Global’s operations in Guatemala represent its second major call center service provider” -Germán López, Chief Strategy Officer. Allied Global
“Guatemala represented a unique and attractive business model. A challenge was visualized in Guatemala. We ran the risk and it worked” -Lic Juan Martínes Venegas, General Manager Marhnos Guatemala
"Guatemala is our main emerging market in Latin America. All of our clients are pleased to do business in Guatemala - José J. Urizar, EGS Operations VP in Guatemala
“In Guatemala, the tax incentives to establish a new business are attractive, the business environment is positive and optimistic, and the workforce is excellent” -Federico Medinilla, CEO Xerox Guatemala
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Growth of Guatemala
The attraction of Foreign Direct Investment has increased 400% reaching $1.3 billion in the year 2013.
University Students
Guatemala has the largest student population in all of Central America with more than 312,700 students enrolled in 14 universities.
Why Guatemala?
Guatemala is ranked among the top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the "Happy Planet Index" of the New Economics Foundation.
Guatemala is the most developed metropolis in the entire Central American region from Mexico, D.F. to Bogota, Colombia.


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Guatemala's location is its greatest natural attraction and competitive advantage for foreign investment. Its geographical proximity to México and Central America makes Guatemala a commerce bridge for a market of over 68 million people, on a production area of more than $319,000 million USD. The country is a logistics and regional services center given its proximity to the United States and access to both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Multinational corporations from Guatemala utilize these significant advantages to participate in the major world markets.


La Aurora International is a top notch airpot, situated in the center of the City. It has a Category 1 rating issued by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) of the United States of America.

Since its renovation in 2005 it has been nominated by World Travel Awards as the "Leader Airport of Mexico and Central America"; it has the ability to receive around 4 million passengers annually and now receives more than 160 weekly flights with connexions to 6 cities in the United States, 2 in México; and connections to all of Central America, Colombia, Peru and Spain.

The second international airport of the country, Mundo Maya, is located in the state of Petén, 507 km (315.04 mi) from Guatemala City and 25-40 minutes by plane from La Aurora Airport. Also, there are 7 regional airports located throughout the country in a range of 73,000 km² (28,185 mi²).


The port system in the country consists of 3 commercial multipurpose ports, specialized terminals, facilities, certifications and services needed for international trade by sea. It represents 76% of total imports and exports (a total value of $27,117.9 million USD annually, according to the National Port Commission).

Maritime foreign trade accounts for 33% of total marine cargo throughout Central American region with a total movement of 21,906 million metric tons throughout its ports (Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Barrios y Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla). The Guatemalan port infrastructure is used as a bridge to exports and imports of El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize and Mexico.


The road infrastructure network is increasingly connected, having 6,919.91 km (4,299.8 mi) of paved roads, accessible to transport cargo and people, connecting various regions, ports and borders of Guatemala with Mexico and Central America.