"Guatemala City, Guatemala" Top 5 Page for this destination Guatemala City by Stephen-KarenConn

Guatemala City Travel Guide: 176 reviews and 403 photos

Central America's Largest City

Guatemala City, which residents usually refer to simply as "Guate," is a sprawling metropolis of more than 3 million people. It is the largest city in all of Central America and reflects the diversity of the entire region: old and new, rich and poor, colorful and drab.

During my three day visit to Guatemala City in April, 2008, I found it to be vibrant, loud, dirty, dangerous and utterly fascinating.

  • Last visit to Guatemala City: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated Apr 22, 2008
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  • tpal's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    You are the adventurer! Guess you didn't want to be out done by that 65 year old Indiana Jones guy. Great overview for such a short visit...Tom

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2008 at 4:03 AM

    A colorful and fascinating trip. The security issues would probably deter me. BTW...we rode a "chicken" bus from Miami to the bottom of the keys once. Oh my!

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    I particularly liked the colourful photos of people on the street. Nice page!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2008 at 7:34 AM

    I think I would be too chicken to ride the chicken bus!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Sounds like you had an interesting visit. Were there any chickens on your bus?

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Great Page! Yes, visitors need to be on their toes at all times. Oh, dogs and cats are not vacinated regularly. Rabies is bad in this country. Just something to think about. Happy trails, thanks for sharing.

  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2008 at 2:11 AM

    Wow, you are very lucky to have this fascinating country so close by- only three hours away! The Spanish influenced architecture looks great- and good to see some sound advice about safety. You can never be too careful!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    Another fascinating page! You're stories, especially of the Chicken Bus really paint a picture!! It might be better to be on the roof of the bus---or is that another country?

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:02 AM

    Wonderful page of Guatemala. I enjoyed reading about your trip there. Wish I have requested for a postcard :) Next country perhaps, LOL.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    What an adventure, especially the "Chicken Bus"--I'd be the "chicken" to ride it! The other bus trip sounds great. Excellent warning. Like to read about it vicariously. Impressive, tips without terrific photos, Stephen.

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