Guatemala might be a small country, but the heart of the Mayan world has a remarkable array of attractions and places to explore — March 2019
With a warm soul fuelled by its friendly people, some of the most intriguing ancient ruins in the Americas, and a world-class food and art scene, visitors to Guatemala have many choices for where to explore. Here are our top five picks.
With a population of about two-and-a-half million, the capital city is lively, cosmopolitan and diverse. Start your introduction to the country in its cultural heart, the Central Plaza that is steeped in Mayan tradition and Guatemalan history. Here you can roam the National Palace of Culture and the Edificio de Correos Central (Post Office), along with one of the most beautiful and ornate churches in Central America, the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Guatemala City is divided into 25 distinct zones. A great way to get to know the city is by strolling some of the pedestrian thoroughfares in Zona 1 and 4; these districts have completely revitalised themselves from dodgy areas of abandoned buildings into trendy neighbourhoods filled with bars, cafés, markets and nightlife.
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