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  1. 1. Guatemala<br />By Julia Blike<br />
  2. 2. Neighboring Countries<br />Belize<br />Mexico<br />Honduras<br />El Salvador<br />
  3. 3. Ethnic Groups<br />Quiche<br />Cakchiquel<br />Kekchi<br />Ixil<br />Mam<br />Garifuna<br />
  4. 4. Language<br />Spanish<br />English<br />
  5. 5. Sports<br />Soccer<br />Volleyball<br />Basketball<br />
  6. 6. Cuisine<br />Tortillas are eaten with every meal<br />Black beans, rice, and fried bananas are common sides<br />Meat includes chicken, pork, and beef<br />Most meat is stewed <br />Dishes are typically spicy<br />Influence is Spanish<br />
  7. 7. Government<br />Democratic Republic<br />President is Alvaro Colom<br />Congress of the Republic has 158 seats<br />Legislators serve four terms<br />Supreme Court and judicial branch exist but do not function the way they should<br />
  8. 8. Holidays<br />January 1st: New Year’s Day<br />March-April: Holy Week<br />September 15th: Independence Day<br />November 1st: All Saints Day<br />December 7th: The Burning of the Devil<br />December 25th: Christmas Day<br />December 31st: New Year’s Eve<br />
  9. 9. Climate and Weather<br />Hot and dry in the central areas<br />Hot and humid by the coast<br />Days are warm and nights are cool<br />The average temperature is 75°F <br />November-April is the dry season<br />May-October is wet season<br />
  10. 10. Physical Features<br />Guatemala has 32 active volcanoes<br />Very mountainous<br />Major bodies of water include Lake Atitlan, Lake Izabal, Lake Peten Itza, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Honduras, and the Pacific Ocean<br />
  11. 11. Currency<br />The currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal<br />1 US dollar = 8.31 Guatemalan Quetzal<br />
  12. 12. Flag<br />The Guatemalan flag represents land surrounded by water <br />The symbol inside is the national emblem<br />
  13. 13. Major Cities<br />Capitol: Guatemala City<br />Other Major Cities:<br />Antigua<br />Quetzaltenango<br />Escuintla<br />