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Guatemala City

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Generally speaking, Guatemala’s capital city is somewhere that most visitors to the country give a wide berth. Crowded, polluted, frequently choked with traffic, beset by crime concerns and with way too much concrete, most visitors head straight to nearby Antigua.

However, with many international and domestic flights arriving and departing late at night or early in the morning, overnighting in Guatemala City can sometimes be the most convenient option, all the more so as La Aurora International airport is located smack in the city centre.

Beyond pure convenience, Guatemala City isn’t totally without interest and efforts have been made in recent years to make it safer and more attractive to both residents and visitors alike, starting with the pedestrianisation of Calle 6 in Zone 1, an increasingly popular destination for bars and restaurants.

Culturally, the Plaza de la Constitución is the heart of Guatemala City and is typical of a Spanish colonial era city with its massive open square surrounded by grand civic buildings. Grandest of these buildings is undoubtedly the imposing Palacio Nacional, home to the President’s office until 1998.

The city also boasts museums that are worth a visit including the National Archaeology & Ethnology Museum, the Popol Vuh Museum, Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress & Casa Mima.

For examples of itineraries that include time in Guatemala City, please refer to Classic Guatemala & Complete Guatemala.

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