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Guatemala City

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MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

• Birth Certificate (each).

• Certificate stating that you are single (each).

• These two certificates must be signed by:

a. The Ambassador of Guatemala in the country of each of the spouses

b. Minister of External Affairs in Guatemala.

(Legal Translation of each of the documents is required should they not be in Spanish)

Any non-Guatemalan documents presented to the marriage registrar must first be authenticated by a Guatemalan Consul.

   Documents needed:

• Passport.

• Medical Certificate stating that both of the spouses are in good health.

• Guatemalan law requires proof of legal capacity to enter into a marriage contract in the form of certification by competent authority that no impediment exists to the marriage.

• An announcement in the official newspaper for two weeks to check if there is an obstacle for the marriage.

• Notification of the marriage in each of the spouse's embassy.

• Notification of the marriage in the  "Registro Nacional de las Personas"  (RENAP) in Guatemala.

Fees vary depending on the nationality of each of the spouses.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

For traveling to Guatemala you will need a passport valid for at least six months past their intended length of stay. A ticket documenting onward or return travel is also needed. Entry is limited to 30 days, but extensions can be arranged through the local immigration office.

CURRENCY

Quetzal (GTQ)

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the official language.

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Despite its location in the tropics, Guatemala City’s relatively high altitude moderates average temperatures. The city has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen Aw) bordering on a subtropical highland climate (Cwb). Guatemala City is generally warm, almost springlike, throughout the course of the year. It occasionally gets hot during the dry season, but not as hot and humid as in the cities located at sea level. The hottest month is April. The rainy season extends from May to October, coinciding with the tropical storm and hurricane season in the western Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, while the dry season extends from November to April. The city can at times be windy, which also leads to lower ambient temperatures. The average annual temperature ranges from 22 to 28 °C (72 to 82 °F) during the day, and 12 to 17 °C (54 to 63 °F) at night.

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Guatemala City is located in the mountainous highlands of the country, between the Pacific coastal plain to the south and the northern lowlands of the Peten region. The city's metropolitan area has recently grown very rapidly and has absorbed most of the neighboring municipalities of Villa Nueva, San Miguel Petapa, Mixco, San Juan Sacatepequez, San José Pinula, Santa Catarina Pinula, Fraijanes, San Pedro Ayampuc, Amatitlán, Villa Canales, Palencia and Chinautla forming what is now known as the Guatemala City Metropolitan Area. The city is subdivided into 22 zones designed by the urban engineering of Raúl Aguilar Batres, each one with its own streets and avenues, making it pretty easy to find addresses in the city. Zones are numbered 1-25 with Zones 20, 22 and 23 not existing as they would have fallen in two other municipalities territory.

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Guatemala is probably best known of all the Latin American countries for having the best Mayan ruins and amazing volcanoes, but it is the beaches in Guatemala are lesser known attractions that deserve some attention. There are great beaches around Guatemala, on both the Pacific and the Caribbean coasts, that boast both white and black sands. Each unique in it’s own ways, and with local options for a variety of water sports.

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Renovated and expanded, La Aurora International Airport lies to the south of the city center. La Aurora serves as Guatemala's principal air hub. A BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system called Transmetro, consisting of special-purpose lanes for high-capacity buses, began operating in 2007, and aimed to improve traffic flow in the city through the implementation of an efficient mass transit system. The system consists of five lines. It is expected to be expanded around 10 lines, with some over-capacity expected lines being considered for Light Metro or Heavy Metro.

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On the opposite side of Avenida la Reforma, in Zona 10, there is much more of interest. This is the natural abode of Guatemala's wealthy elite, with a good proportion of all the city's luxurious hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. At the Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden), there's a diverse range of nearly 1,000 species of Guatamalan plant life, and a small museum with some stuffed birds, including a quetzal.

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By night, the smart set of Guatemala City is found in Zone 10, the “Zona Viva” (or “Lively Zone”). While always busy during the week, the Zona Viva takes on a special life of its own on the weekend. If you happen to be staying in “the Zone”, yo will notice that the buzz lasts from the first cocktail on Thursday night right throught to brunch on Sunday. there’s no doubt that this is the place to be. Of course, the Zona Viva has numerous bars: from a traditional English tavern, Australian and Irish bars to secluded watering holes and cocktail lounges. Many of the bars offers live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights and, wandering the streets of Zone 10, you can hear the strains of mariachi bands, modern rock, soul singers and street buskers. Dance clubs come and go depending on the latest musical vibe, but the clubs in the Zona Viva seem to be constantly full on weekend.

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Guatemala food and drink is primarily influenced by the country's Mayan and Spanish cultures. However, it also received influences from African and Caribbean cultures. Nowadays, is food is a mixture of tons of different international influences such as Chinese, American, and the vegetarian movement. Tourist hot spots, such as Guatemala City, certainly aren’t short of excellent restaurants and international food.

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Locally known as Guatemala or Guate, officially Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción (New Guatemala of the Assumption), is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Guatemala, and the most populous in Central America. The city is located in the south-central part of the country, nestled in a mountain valley called Valle de la Ermita (English: Hermitage Valley). It is estimated that its population is about 1 million. Guatemala City is also the capital of the Municipality of Guatemala and of the Guatemala Department.

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