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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Catedral Santiago de Guatemala

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Built between 1778 and 1867, Guatemala City's cathedral replaced the old Catedral de Santiago Apóstol in Antigua, destroyed in that...

Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias

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The city's fine-arts complex consists of the imposing Teatro Nacional and the open-air Teatro del Aire Libre. Named for Guatemala's Nobel...

El Correo

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You can mail packages from your hotel, but it's far more fun to come to the main post office, housed in a cantaloupe-color structure...

Iglesia de La Merced

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If religious iconography is your thing, step inside this lovely church dating from 1813 to see its baroque interior. Many of the elaborate...

Iglesia de San Francisco

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The Church of St. Francis, built by its namesake Franciscan order between 1800 and 1851, is known for its ornate wooden altar. A small...

Jardín Botánico

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The small but lovely Botanical Garden at the northern end of Zona 10 contains an impressive collection of plants managed by the Universidad...

La Aurora Zoo

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It's small, but the capital's zoo is well arranged and well maintained. The facility contains several exhibit areas, including the African...

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...