The quetzal is the legal tender in Guatemala but, do you know what its origin is? Its history dates back to the Mayas, who used as a trading currency, among other items, quetzal feathers, a kind of bird that lives in Central America and that, as of today, is an endangered species.
Nowadays, quetzal coins for 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents are being issued, as well as 1 quetzal coins. Regarding banknotes, the following denominations are currently in circulation: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 quetzals.
Where can I change my currency?
If you are planning to visit this country, you can exchange your currency (dollar, euro, pound sterling, etc.) for the Guatemalan quetzals in any of the 6 exchange branches Global Exchange has here.
1. Exchange branch at La Aurora International Airport (Zone 13, Guatemala City). This airport, located in Guatemala City, provides international connections to the United States, Mexico, Central America and some European destinations.
2. Exchange branch at Casa del Jade, in La Antigua Guatemala (Edificio El Jaulón, 4a Calle Oriente 10). This building functions as a museum and a cultural and informative centre devoted to the jade, a type of mineral that has been used in the fabrication of different objects and utensils for years.
And if you are already there and you plan on changing money upon your arrival (or your coming back home), we will make it easier with a 15% on the margin applied to your change at any of the Guatemala branches. To benefit from the discount, show this coupon at the branch and start your trip off on the right foot.
Get more information on the exact location of the branches at the Global Exchange website.
If you are interested in knowing what at quetzal looks like (meaning the bird), here is a funny picture:
Picture by Frank Vassen