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Guatemala City Travel Guide: 176 reviews and 403 photos

Parque Central (Main Plaza)

Guatemala.s Capital is actually ignored by the tourist, due to it´s bad reputation of traffic, insecurity and dirtiness. Most of the visitors just leave the airport to Antigua, i think it´s quite unfair. Well is not a beautiful city, but it has some interesting places in the Old City, great Churches, some good museums and markets, and it´s a good place to see the real Guatemala with it´s mixtures of Ladino and Indian culture. And if you take the basic precautions is not so dangerous as it´s said. A couple of days in the city would be enough to see the city´s main attractions.

National Palace.

The city was built around 1775, when the capital was moved from Antigua, after an eruption and a flood from the nearby Water Volcano. In this days is the main governemental, cultural and economic center in the country.

Pasaje Aycinena.

The city it´s divided in zones, with avenues and streets, so is very easy to find addresses. The two main attractions of the city are the Old City (Zone 1) and the new city (zone 9, 10 and 13) the rest of the zones are mainly residential areas. In the Old city are located the most interesting monuments, the Cathedral, the National Palace, the Central Market (great for souvenirs), the National Theater, some interesting churches like La Merced, the Cerrito del Carmen church and some old and degraded colonial buildings. The New City houses the embassies, luxury hotels and restaurants and some good museums like The Museo de Antropologia, the Popol Vuh museum and the Ixchel Museum. Outside this areas zone 11 is important because is the zone where the old city of Kaminal Juyu it´s located.

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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Hi, Oscar!~ Thanks for your comprehensive and interesting story!~

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    Hello Oscar. I very much enjoyed reading & rating your page, and I love those wooden statues from the traditional market - so beautiful! Greetings from a German girl in Dubai, who will travel to Scotland again soon :-) Jess

  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Great job on your GT site! Gave you good ratings!

  • Massawippi's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Great pictures, Thanks P.V.

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    beatiful photos of a city that defintely shouldnt be missed out (at least by me); thanx!

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