Guatemala City Sights

There's plenty in Guatemala City to occupy you for a couple of days. A textile and an anthropological museum will enhance your appreciation of ancient and indigenous cultures and get you ready to head into the highlands or El Petén. A pair of art museums display paintings and sculpture by Guatemalan masters; one focuses on the 20th century while the other goes back to colonial days. For families

traveling with kids, there's a zoo and a children's museum. And if you're in town on a Sunday, you can stop by the Plaza Mayor, which explodes in a riot of music and color, with vendors selling handmade textiles and indigenous people wearing traditional dress. If you're lucky, you may even see one of Guatemala City's goatherds guiding his flock through the streets of the Old City and charging Q5 for a glass of fresh-squeezed milk.

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Mercado Central

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A seemingly endless maze of underground passages is home to the Mercado Central, where handicrafts from the highlands are hawked from...

Mixco Viejo

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North of Guatemala City lie the 12th-century Mayan ruins of Mixco Viejo. The mountaintop site, thought to be largely ceremonial, was...

Museo Ixchel del Traje Indígena

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The city's best museum, the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress, focuses on textiles of Guatemala's indigenous community, with an impressive...

Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología

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Dedicated to the history of the Maya, the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology has a large and excellent collection of Mayan...

Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno

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Surrealism and multimedia works are among the wide range of styles represented at the National Museum of Modern Art. Some of the collection...

Museo Popol Vuh

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Religious figures, animals, and mythological half-animal–half-man creatures with stolid eyes, hawkish noses, and fierce poses inhabit...

Museo de los Niños

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Via interactive exhibits, the capital's splendid Children's Museum takes the young and young-at-heart on a journey through space, the...

Palacio Nacional de la Cultura

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The grandiose National Palace was built between 1937 and 1943 to satisfy the monumental ego of President Jorge Ubico Castañeda. It once...

Plaza Mayor

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Some people refer to this expanse as the Parque Central, but, despite a few trees, it's more vast concrete plaza than park. Clustered...

Zona Viva

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The so-called "lively zone" is undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan area of town. The daytime crowd is mostly business executives, but at...

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