"A short stay in Guate City" Top 5 Page for this destination Guatemala City by acemj

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I didn't really plan on spending any significant time in Guatemala City, but that's the good thing about traveling with a very loose itinerary. When my buddy Ryan and I met some new friends while in Antigua who happened to live in Guatemala City, we decided we'd spend our last night in the country in a nice hotel spending time with some locals who could show us around. We didn't see much, which gives me something more to see the next time I visit.

Guatemala City has a reputation for being a dangerous and dirty place that's not worth seeing at all. In fact, the vast majority of travelers only see the airport here, but I was intrigued after getting about an hour long driving tour of the four main zones of the center (Zones 1, 4, 9 and 10) where there are some interesting Colonial buildings and a distinctly modern feel that you won't find outside of the country's capital.

  • Last visit to Guatemala City: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Mar 3, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    hi there nice place guess what i work there jeje see you bye

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Nice tips!

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2006 at 12:41 PM

    Thanks for the tips . We're staying for only a night ...not sure what zone...so now I'll check it out.

  • Sue08080's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2006 at 8:59 PM

    Enjoyed your Guate tips. Thanks!

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2006 at 5:16 AM

    Late on catching up ... what happened with the appetite at the Italian restaurant:-) Pacaya must have been awesome. Bummer about your camera being stolen. Good choice for a quick visit.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2006 at 2:14 PM

    I am surprised to see modern Guatemala, even if it's not typical to the rest of the country. Great accommodation tips and on Volcan Pacaya. Bandits? Stolen camera? :-(

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 5:39 PM

    Great page her Mark, sounds like you had a good trip. Sorry to hear about your camera, sounds a wee bit scarey. Very helpful info, cool you had friends there! Thanks :o)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 3:40 PM

    A very interesting page Mark! My condolances re your camera. Your guidance on Zone 1 reminds me of our one night in downtown Belize City!! Sounds like you had a good time overall, even if dealing with all those zeros on the 'Q' bills is scarey at first!

  • cheesecake17's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2006 at 10:54 PM

    wow, did not know where to begining you been all over the place.:)..sushi in guate....que rico!!....U...

  • Jmill42's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2006 at 10:46 AM

    Wow great page! I love how short stays can change your image of a place and make you want to go back for more! Did your friend get his lovin?? lol Now how do I get to Zone 10....


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