Guatemala City Tourist Attractions

Guatemala City is the largest urban center in Central America with 2.5 million inhabitants. The city is laid out in a checkerboard grid; Avenidas run north-south; Calles run east-west, and divided into 15 zones with Avenida La Reforma splitting it down the middle.

Ixchel Museum of Mayan Costumes

Ixchel Museum of Mayan Costumes has a vast collection of textiles dating to the end of the 19th C originating from 120 Guatemalan communities.
A collection of paintings illustrating the regional costumes complements the exhibit. The museum is named for the Mayan goddess of fertility and weaving.

Popol Vuh Museum

A valuable collection of Mayan art is displayed at Museo Popol Vuh, the only museum in the world with a Mayan Sarcophagus. Included is colonial art and a folklore section with over 400 masks and costumes.
Address: 6ª Calle, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala City, Guatemala 01010, Guatemala

Minerva Park

Shady Parque Minerva features a 1:1000 scale relief map of Guatemala; a unique engineering masterpiece created in 1904 by Francisco Vela.
The 2,000sq m/21,500sq ft map shows Guatemala's topography in detail complete with rivers, lakes and oceans and is viewed from platforms located on each side.
Nearby is a small forest of hormigo trees, the wood of which is used to make marimbas (Central American xylophones). These trees were planted to commemorate of the marimba tradition in Guatemala.


The ruins of Kaminaljuyú are an important Mayan archeological site of Late Pre-classic/Early Classic period containing outstanding ceramic sculptures and architecture. During its peak the center had a population of 50,000 inhabitants. Kaminaljuyú was never fortified and unfortunately the ruins have been largely covered by urban expansion.
Address: Avenida Roosevelt, Guatemala

Avenida la Reforma

Avenida la Reforma is a pleasant avenue with many gardens, monuments, restaurants and nightclubs. Originally designed in the 19th C to resemble the Champs Elysees in Paris, Avenida La Reforma begins at Plaza Obelisco, where a torch, constantly lit, symbolizes the freedom of Guatemala and separates Zones 9 and 10.

Civic Center

Guatemala City's Civic Center is home to the City Hall, the Bank of Guatemala, the Supreme Court of Justice and the Miguel Angel Asturias Cultural Center.
The Civic center consists of buildings designed 1950s and 60s some of which are adorned with murals and mosaics.

Miguel Angel Asturias Cultural Center

Guatemala City's Miguel Angel Asturias Cultural Center is an impressive modern building shaped like a crouching jaguar. Within its angled shape the complex has a Grand Theater with 2068 seats, a Chamber Theater, an open-air theater, plazas, rehearsal rooms, workshops and conference rooms as well as an old arms museum.
Address: 24 calle 3-81, Guatemala City, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala

Cerrito del Carmen

Cerrito del Carmen is a hermitage dating from the 16th C containing an embossed silver image of the Virgen Del Carmen. A good view of Guatemala is offered from the wooded grounds where there are footpaths and vendors.

Downtown Historical Center

Iglesia de San Francisco

San Francisco is an Italianate Neo-classic church dating from the mid -16th C where the image of the Virgin of Conception is venerated and commemorated on December 8.

Museum Complex of La Aurora

Zona Viva

Zona Viva is Guatemala City's most popular entertainment center with exclusive nightclubs, restaurants and boutiques. It is known as the Zona Viva because it's the place to eat, drink and be merry.

Guatamala City - La Candelaria

These are caves seen when the waters in the Sebol River are low. Visitors take rubber rafts into a chamber of stone.

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