Things to do in Guatemala City

Top Things to Do in Guatemala City

Things to Do in Guatemala City


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  • Fiona K
    Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
    Much better than I was expecting. The zoo was actually quite big. There is a place to eat food before or after going to see all the animals. Most animals seemed well cared for except there was only one elephant, which I expect is very lonely. They need to work on population control with their baboons and gazelles, there were far too many for the size of their enclosures.
    Written 11 August 2023
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  • Jonathan G
    3 contributions
    It Was very good experiencia for kids and adults, I highly recommend this trip and going into the ceremonial room was a life changer for me and my clients
    Written 21 February 2024
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  • Guillermo C
    2 contributions
    Ciudad Cayala will become a must to go. It doesn't show up in books like lonely planet since it was inaugurated in 2014. You will find lots of places to eat at an affordable prices. Different stores; playgrounds for kids, amazing scultures; big grocery store; cinemas; jewelry and crafts; and so on besides an amazing colonial infrastructure.
    My wife and I went two days and we will visit again in the future. Fully recommended
    Written 28 July 2023
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  • Obed M
    2 contributions
    It's an amusement park full of rides and entertainment. They also have pools and Everything you can imagine
    Written 12 March 2023
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  • Leah L
    New Lisbon, WI42 contributions
    Informative, inexpensive & interesting. Traveling through Guatemala with my college age son. The museum was as expected. Conveniently, they provide translations of the displays in English. Clean restrooms.
    Written 9 January 2024
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  • Travelandfood
    Singapore, Singapore137 contributions
    A nice mall with plenty of options for shopping and dining. Does not have enough restrooms for its size. You must walk the entire mall to reach restrooms.
    Written 3 January 2024
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  • Julie W
    7 contributions
    For a fairly small museum, there is a ton to see and the clothing/textiles on display are gorgeous! As a crafter but not a weaver, I found the different styles of weaving and embellishments/embroidery fascinating. Great displays and photos. The staff were very nice and the shop has great products too. Definitely worth a visit! The museum is on the university campus so there is ample parking, easy dropoff/pickup by Uber, and a nice shaded courtyard between this museum and Popol Vuh.
    Written 9 November 2023
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  • Lando
    Belize City, Belize3 contributions
    Tour was very good with plenty of historical information. Many beautiful symbolic paintings. Tour cost is Q40 and lasts around 45 minutes to an hour. Tour was done in spanish with english translation.
    Written 6 August 2023
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  • The Wandering Reviewer
    Melbourne, Australia9,806 contributions
    I stopped at a market stall to look at a headband (which I bought) and began chatting with the vendor.
    Meet Fiorella. Born in Antigua in 1971, she was fortunate enough to attend school for a few years but then had to support her family both on the farm as well as caring for her younger siblings.
    Fiorella and her husband Ervon (who is quite frail at 56), have their own stall in the market and feel very privileged to stock this 2m x 3m space with tourist paraphernalia. Fiorella displays the usual popular traveller items. However, what stood out to me was the huipil (pronounced wē-pēel) she was wearing.
    The intricately embroidered blouse was paired with a woven skirt. The skirt wraps around the body and then fastened with a woven sash called a faja (fah-hah).
    My home stay host had me try one on and it’s a heavy and a hot outfit to wear.
    These clothes and similar items combine weaving, dyeing, and needlework techniques that date back to the local Mayan culture.
    Fiorella’s forte is hand sewing and embroidery. The blouse / top she is wearing (huipil) she sewed herself. Plus she sews them for all of her children. One huipil takes her 3 months to make and assemble.
    Just take that in:
    Three
    Long
    Months!
    As a Mayan woman, she is proud to pass this tradition down through her family, particularly as Guatemala is one of the few countries in the world where these ancient textile arts still thrive.
    We chatted for about a half hour using google translate, her little English and my appalling Spanish and another vendor who wanted to practice her English with me. We shared stories of our families and lives. I showed her a photo of my son Tiger and it made her jaw drop - “es un gigante”! Mayan people can often be short in stature.
    During the 30 minutes we chatted, Fiorella continued to try and sell me more crafts but I declined.
    I felt a strength in this woman, not unlike I’ve felt many times across the globe where women are the life-blood of the home and underpin their family’s journey. Her story touched me as many do.
    Strength.
    Resilience.
    Conviction.
    Humbleness.
    Devotion to family.
    When I left, I took her hand with a smile and gave it a gentle squeeze, passing into her palm $10 USA note. I typed into google translate: “From one mother to another. You are an amazing mother, wife and daughter. I wish you all the best in the future”.
    Her head cocked slightly as she looked at the transcription and passed to her friend who could read (yes 65% of people Fiorella’s age cannot read in Guatemala: TBC). Her friend translated. She looked at me quizzically and smiled, then grinned, then a tear trickled down her cheek.
    “Gracias Gracias preciouso mama”.
    I put my palms together in a gesture of gratefulness 🙏 and nodded. She nodded back at me, her eyes now filled with tears.
    It was time for me to pay it forward.
    Thank you Fiorella for sharing and grounding me!

    @intrepidtravel #intrepidtravel #bestofcentralamerica #guatemalamarket #antiguamarket #supportwomen
    #payitforward
    Written 20 June 2023
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  • Cosmo
    Saratoga Springs, NY25 contributions
    We were not expecting to spend as much time as we did here. The Mayan estelas are particularly striking. There were a number of small statuettes from both the classic and post-classic periods that were well displayed. Some sections of the museum did not have descriptions in English which was a little frustrating.
    Written 17 January 2020
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  • Luv2TravelFarNWide
    Atenas, Costa Rica1,378 contributions
    Only 10 minutes from the airport, this upscale part of the city offers a variety of "better" hotels, restaurants, shopping, clubs, casino, etc. Always felt safe walking around (although we were never out late night).

    Biggest problem is if you're doing tours out of the city, you will be spending at least an hour or more getting out of the city and another hour or more getting back into the city after the tour. And this was true 6 days a week!
    Written 11 March 2023
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada24,686 contributions
    Really "quite awesome" once stepped inside this cathedral was seeing its main aisle which I would just describe as one "packed with grandness" where along its both sides are not small but "quite sizeable" paintings depicting the life events of Christ (and with brief descriptions of the artists below from which can be determined the "historic ages" of the paintings themselves!) and also a "unique sight" (as such had been seen in no other cathedral before) which is that of "super-sized" medals likely kind of bigger versions of the medals awarded in this country for exceptional services & such. So yes, a big cathedral with quite plentiful to see inside where apart from those along the main aisle are also shrines & secondary altars (along the two length-side aisles) also with their own displays of interesting sculptures & such, this cathedral actually is one reminiscent for me of those in South America (with grand & ornate interiors in many of the "main cathedrals" of the cities) than in Central America (with just generally plain cathedral interiors from Panama & up with a few exceptions such as the Cathedral of Leon in Nicaragua & the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City).

    And with the entrance from a "pedestrian street" located on the south side, very conveniently right beside that entrance is Mercado Central (a great place for all kinds of Guatemala souvenirs & also like a food court down below for some delicious "local meals"). And yes, also definitely to stop by while at this area are the 2 sites at just a very short walk from this cathedral (to the right after coming out): the city's "main plaza" Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion (with really quite a bit of space to walk around where at about its center are a big national flag & a fountain and yes where the "west face" of this cathedral is on the Plaza's east side) and the "long building" of Palacio Nacional de la Cultura on the Plaza's north side (with 2 levels of a "fairly impressive" interior to see on an hourly-or-so "guided tour").
    Written 6 December 2020
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