January – October (for primary to post-secondary education levels)
Literacy rate (15+ years old)
Primary school – 94%
Lower secondary school – 52%
Upper secondary school – 31%
Children (6 – 11 years) – 246,375
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 385,857
Youth (15 – 17) – 680,289
The Escuela Oficial Urbana Mixta San Antonio is a school center consisting of one preschool, one primary, and two secondary schools. Previously, the 525 students in attendance shared 10 classrooms, leading to significant overcrowding. In October 2019, five additional classrooms were constructed creating a more adequate learning environment. Half of the project cost was fundraised by our partner CloudFest.
In addition to the new construction, CloudFest presented four laptops to the two secondary schools to help the students in their computing and graphic design classes, which were missing from these classes previously. Given that the schoolchildren are highly interested in improving their IT and graphic design skills, the Acronis Cyber Foundation is working to fund a computer lab and provide necessary IT equipment for such classes. As always, what seems trivial for some, can really turn lives of the others for better.
News from the project
About the country
Republic of Guatemala
15 million people
Spanish, more than 20 indigeneous languages
Guatemala is a tropical country with distinct wet and dry seasons.
The dry season/ summer – November to April – is the best time to visit Guatemala. The air becomes hazy and incredibly hot by mid-March in the lead-up to the rainy season, volcanoes become almost invisible.
In the wet season/ winter – May to October, the majority of rain falls in September and October. Rain usually appears as late afternoon downpours, rather than all-day showers.
Antigua Guatamala is known as one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial cities in Central America. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historical town, with its cobblestone streets at every turn, handicraft shops, and good restaurants and coffee places, is worth at least a few days visit.
Tip: The city is 40 minutes from Guatemala International airport by car/taxi and it’s wise to go there right after arrival.
Acatenango is a stratovolcano in Guatemala, close to the city of Antigua. The volcano has two peaks, Pico Mayor (3,976 m) and Yepocapa (3,880 m).
Tip: While staying in Antigua, an overnight tour to the Acatenango volcano is ideal for adventurous people. You can find a guide and book a trip online or at your hotel.
Atitlan Lake is the deepest lake in Central America and it’s surrounded by three volcanos on its southern part.
Tip: The drive from Antigua to Lake Atitlan’s Panajachel city takes about three hours. You can take a boat trip to explore the volcanos and cities surrounding the lake.
The best view of Lake Atitlan is from the San Pedro Volcano, 3,000 meters above sea level. The hike is quite challenging and takes about five hours, round trip. The entrance costs 100 quetzales, which includes a local guide.
Tip: There are many mosquitos on the hiking trail. Don’t forget about proper clothes and repellents. Even if you travel on a hot day, it might be cool and windy at the top of the volcano and a long-sleeve jacket is worth bringing.
Volcanically heated hot springs of incredible beauty.
Tip: Las Fuentes Georginas is about 140 miles from Guatemala City and five miles from the town of Zunil. Transportation is available by calling +502-4766-7066, 7761-6547, or 5704-2959. Easily accessible from Quetzaltenango (Xela) by reserving a charter bus seat from any travel agency.
The Semuc Champey natural monument consists of several tiered pools, an extensive cave network complete with underground waterfalls, a natural 300 m limestone bridge, and stunning, picturesque views!
Tip: If you’re visiting on a tour, some guides will take you down a rope ladder from the lowest pool to the river, which gushes out from the rocks below.
Rio Dulce (literally, “Sweet River”) is part of a lake and river system and is a popular cruising sailboat destination. A boat trip here is marked by scenic beauty and unique vegetation, as you float through a refuge for various native and migratory birds. The Dulce River is located within the Río Dulce National Park area, which has helped protect the Guatemalan ecosystem since 1955, containing a great diversity of fauna, including manatees and crocodiles.
Tip: Use the water transportation services available at the docks of Fronteras, El Relleno, and Livingston for your visit. For 20 quetzales, you’ll be able to visit the ex-pirate fortress of Castillo De San Felipe.
Guatemala City: Barcelo Guatemala City
Antigua: Posada de Don Rodrigo
Santa Catarina Palopo: Villa Santa Catarina
Places to eat
Chichicastenango: restaurant of the Mayan Inn Hotel
Solola: El Pescador
Guatemala City: Hibiscus Restaurante
Best souvenirs from the country
Guatemalan coffee, jade jewelry, textile, pottery, masks
Taxis Sololá Comodidad Y Confort
Proposed one week tour
Day 1: Guatemala City: Antigua
Day 2: Antigua: Acatenango volcano hiking
Day 3: Antigua: Coffee plantation tour
Day 4: Atitlan Lake boat tour, Mayan ruins visit
Day 5: San Antonio, Solola, School visit
Day 6: Chichicastenango market
Day 7: Monterrico black sand beaches
Visits to Mayan pyramids can be planned in your spare time during the visit.