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The Mayan civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, some 1 million refugees. In January 2012, Guatemala assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2012-13 term.


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Transportation

Airports World Ranking: 24
291 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
Total 15
2,438 to 3,047 m 3
1,524 to 2,437 m 3
914 to 1,523 m 5
Under 914 m 4 (2012)

Airports - with unpaved runways
Total 276
2,438 to 3,047 m 1
1,524 to 2,437 m 2
914 to 1,523 m 79
Under 914 m 194 (2012)

Heliports
1 (2012)

Pipelines
Oil 480 km (2010)

Railways World Ranking: 118
Total 332 km
Narrow gauge 332 km 0.914-m gauge (2008)

Roadways World Ranking: 124
Total 14,095 km
Paved
4,863 km (includes 75 km of expressways)
Unpaved 9,232 km (2000)

Waterways World Ranking: 66
990 km (260 km navigable year round; additional 730 km navigable during high-water season) (2012)

Ports and terminals
Puerto Quetzal, Santo Tomas de Castilla


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  Guatemala (Guatemala City):


  GPS points from Guatemala (Guatemala City)

Rio La Chorrera Departamento De Santa Rosa

Bahia La Graciosa Departamento De Izabal

San Jose Bejucal Departamento De Guatemala

Jolomcu Departamento De Huehuetenango

Yalpemech Departamento De Alta Verapaz

Buenavista Departamento De Guatemala

Cuxapa Departamento De Jalapa

El Zapote Departamento De Jutiapa




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