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Guatemala City Sights and Landmarks Guide, Guatemala

Guatemala is a fascinating country between its ancient Mayan civilization, Spanish colonization, Political Turmoil and local culture, it has more than enough to interest the travelers that come to this great city. 

This city is decorated with beautiful colonial architecture.  Guatemala City has numerous churches all around its downtown center, which make the area absolutely exquisite.  Some of the churches that you can go to include the Calvario, the Cerrito del Carmen, the Iglesia de Yurrita, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, the Iglesia de la Merced and the stunning Catedral Metropolitana.  These are attributed to the Spanish Colonization.  If you are more interested in the Mayan religious sites, you may want to head over to the Kaminal Juyú, which is an archaeological site of the Mayans.

There are also various museums that document the different time periods of the Guatemalan history.  One great museum to check out while in Guatemala City is the Ixchel Museum of Traditional Costumes, which has a wide variety of traditional Guatemalan dress and artistry on display.  Another great museum is the Popol Vuh Museum, which has many artifacts from the Mayan period.  If you want an overview of all of Guatemala’s history, you may want to try the Archaeology and Ethnology Museum.  After visiting this museum, you can check out the Museum of Modern Art, which is across the street.

If you are bringing the kids, you may want to go to the Guatemalan City zoo and the Aurora Zoo.  You should also go to the Palacio Nacional or the National Palace to see the sensational art work and design that lays inside.  If you are a sports fan, you may want to check out one of the local soccer games.  You can go to the Estadio Mateo Flores to see the national team play, CSD Municipal.

Other places that are well worth the visit in Guatemala City are the following places of interest: the Cento Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias, Cuatro Grados Norte, Torre del Reformador which is a tower, the Botanical Gardens, the Zona Viva, Avenida Reforma, Parque de la Industria, El Obelisco, the Centro Histórico, the Mercado Central, the Railway Museum and the Mapa en Relieve.

Guatemala is a fun and exciting city that has a lot of fascinating history and culture for you to explore.


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