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Ancient Maya King Found In 'Centipede Dynasty' Tomb
Among the artefacts in the newfound tomb are painted bones and an ornate funerary mask.
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This Secret Police Archive Holds Clues to Terrible Crimes
Hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans were killed during the country's long civil war. Their families come to the archive for answers
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Why Did This Once Thriving Lake Disappear?
Previously known for having vast blue-green waters, Lake Atescatempa is now little more than a few puddles of mud.
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Travel to Active Volcanoes to Witness the Force of Nature
These geological hot spots are guaranteed to be a blast.
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Why a Volcano Has Erupted Almost Every Hour for 94 Years
The Santiaguito lava dome under Guatemala’s Santa Maria Volcano is one of the most regular erupting features in the world. Here's how it works.
About Guatemala

Guatemala, meaning land of trees, is a heavily forested and mountainous nation—and the most populous in Central America. The Pacific coast lowlands in the south rise to the volcanic Sierra Madre and other highlands, then the land descends to the forested northern lowlands, including the narrow Caribbean coast. The highlands, where most Guatemalans live, are temperate in climate compared to the tropical lowlands.

Fast Facts 

Population: 12,701,000

Capital: Guatemala City; 951,000

Area: 108,889 square kilometres (42,042 square miles)

Language: Spanish, Amerindian languages

Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs

Currency: Quetzal, U.S. dollar, others allowed

Life Expectancy: 66

GDP per Capita: U.S. $3,900

Literacy Percent: 71

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