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Half Day Experience in Antigua Guatemala - Collective tour
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Half Day Experience in Antigua Guatemala - Collective tour

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No trip to Guatemala is complete without visiting Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city widely considered Guatemala’s crown jewel. This half-day sightseeing tour from Guatemala City makes it possible to visit on even the shortest of time frames—squeeze it into a long layover or make the most of a quick trip without skimping on any of the sights.
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Myo M wrote a review Dec 2020
Coquitlam, Canada19,006 contributions615 helpful votes
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On a "guided tour" for about 45 minutes, it was "fairly impressive" to see the 2 levels of this great building (one of a "pretty long" length to see from outside before entering) starting from its "inner courtyard" (also another similar one later on) to the great-sized & colorful murals beside 2 stairways (of which I was quite impressed by the one depicting a battle scene or such between the Spanish & the natives which is just "quite a detailed one" with plenty of human figures) to 2 rooms on the 2nd level each with "a fair amount of splendor" inside (one room with like a perfectly-kept big national flag on the wall straight ahead & an impressive dome above, and the other room with a number of beautiful stained-glass drawings on windows) back to the 1st level to go through some gallery-like area (with modern art paintings) and finally finishing the tour at the museum-like area back near the entrance (where on display some more paintings, a number of antique-type items & a "pretty-good-sized" miniature of this palace which I would also describe as a smaller "identical version" of this building due to its impressive craftsmanship!). And, it was overall a "nice work" by the lady who conducted the tour making sure that we saw all needed to be seen, and yes such a tour is a good idea I would say for this building with its interior kind of "spread out" (compared to the 2 other "national palaces" visited later in Mexico, namely in Merida & Mexico City, with their interior settings more-or-less similar to this palace but with "more limited" areas to walk around which can be done easily on one's own). Located on the north side of the city's "main plaza" Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion, also to have a worthwhile time is on the "nicely spacious" plaza itself (with a fountain & a big national flag in the middle where there's also a "raised platform" to go up, and also with just plenty of pigeons seen at the time spread out all over its ground), and yes definitely should not be missed along with the Palace & Plaza is the city's "main cathedral" Catedral Metropolitana on the Plaza's east side (with its "main aisle" one of greatness lined with nice-sized paintings & "super-sized" medals of such never seen at any other cathedral). And if you're for some souvenir shopping & "local meals", a very nice place for those is Mercado Central in just a close vicinity to the Plaza (by turning left onto the "pedestrian street" from the far-left corner after the walk across the Plaza from this palace).
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Date of experience: February 2020
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LuizDutraNeto wrote a review Jul 2020
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,498 contributions1,495 helpful votes
At the very heart of "Ciudad de Guatemala", at its historical "Plaza de Armas" (now known as "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución"), you will find the monumental "Palacio Nacional de la República de Guatemala". Designed by Guatemalan architect Rafael Pérez de León, it was inaugurated on November 10th, 1943 and housed the national presidential palace. The eclectic building, with characteristics of different architectural styles (neo plateresque, Spanish baroque, Spanish renaissance and neo mudejar), was converted, in the beginning of the years 1990's, into a museum and is now known as "Palacio Nacional de la Cultura", as well as "Palacio Verde" (Green Palace, in English). The palace is also known as the origin point of "all" roads in the Republic fo Guatemala and, even inside of one of its halls, one will find the sign of the very initial "Km 0". An amazing curiosity! As a museum, collections of paintings, sculptures and temporary exhibitions can be visited. Furthermore, the magnificent building houses also some government offices, as the "Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes" and the "Secretaria de Comunicación Social de la Presidencia". Guided tours, at expensive 40 quetzals (for foreigners), are available. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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chillsOntario_Canada wrote a review Apr 2020
Ontario, Canada188 contributions20 helpful votes
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This palace is of historic interest. Built (in 1937) on the site of a Chinese Pagoda . It has a spot known as Kilometre Zero, where all roads in the country begin. It is till used for major government functions, but also serves as a museum documenting Guatemala's history (from the Spanish perspective) Beautiful architecture!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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trevelyon wrote a review Mar 2020
oakland240 contributions57 helpful votes
Checked out this landmark while in Guatemala City. Nothing facy. Good place to take a photo to memorialize a trip to Guatemala.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Diana C wrote a review Feb 2020
Valle de Angeles, Honduras36 contributions2 helpful votes
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I had the amazing pleasure to attempt to a wonderful event organized in el Palacio de la Cultura. The building is already pretty impressive from the outside, the plaza with the font and the spectacular show from the doves. But from the inside, you can feel the history and transport yourself automatically to years and years of Guatemala's history. In my personal experience i did not use a tour or guide. I did it by myself by reading and previously searched for information. Is a place you should definitely visit in Guatemala city.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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