Travel guide

At the heart of the Mayan world.

You can’t visit Guatemala without visiting its emblematic archaeological site: Tikal. Buried in the heart of the forest, also ancestral, but more intact. The Mayas make up over 50% of the country’s population, and have preserved their traditions and culture. Immerse yourself in natural landscapes: boat through the gorges of the Rio Dulce, the Lago de Atitlan volcano, the natural pools of Semuc Champey…

Time difference



Guatemalan Quetzal


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning/Good evening = Buenos días / Buenas tardes
  • How are you? = Cómo esta ?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Muy bien, gracias, y usted ?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Habla frances / inglés ?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Entiendo / No entiendo
  • Sorry = Perdón
  • Goodbye = Adios
  • Welcome = Bienvenida
  • Thank you (very much) = Muchas gracias
  • Excuse me = Discúlpame
  • I am French = Soy Frances
  • My name is… = Me llamo…
  • No thanks = No gracias
  • Yes/No = Sí / No
  • You’re welcome = De nada

Key figures

Area: 108 888 km²

16.91 million inhabitants (2017)

Good to know


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • MMR for children
  • anti-tuberculosis treatment

Travelers from countries where yellow fever is endemic must be vaccinated before entering the country.

Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever, meningitis and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.

Vaccination against rabies may also be offered in certain cases, depending on the conditions and location of your stay. Ask your doctor or an international vaccination center for advice.


French nationals must hold a valid passport (ordinary, service or diplomatic).

No entry visa is required for stays of less than three months.