Guatemala: Home


This guide was developed as a resource for students, faculty and staff participating in service trips to Guatemala.  It is also intended for a wider audience interested in both Guatemala and Latin America.

About Guatemala - English Language Sources

About Guatemala - Spanish Language Source

Basic Demographics

Total Population:
13,824,463 (July 2011 est.)

Ethnic Groups:
Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish - in local Spanish called Ladino) and European: 59.4%,
K'iche: 9.1%,
Kaqchikel: 8.4%,
Mam: 7.9%,
Q'eqchi: 6.3%,
Other Mayan: 8.6%,
Indigenous non-Mayan: 0.2%,
(2001 census)

Age Groups:
0-14 years: 38.1% (male 2,678,340/female 2,582,472)
15-64 years: 58% (male 3,889,573/female 4,130,698)
65 years +: 3.9% (male 252,108/female 291,272)
(2011 est.)

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies logo

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee develops, supports and promotes teaching, research and outreach about Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Includes webcast of 2005 guest lecture by Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemalan human rights activist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

U.S. Institute of Peace

The U.S. Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to provide analysis, training and tools that prevent and end conflicts, promote stability and professionalize the field of peacebuilding.