Free Things to Do in Guatemala City

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  • Elizabeth R
    10 contributions
    This is a beautiful area with lots of shops, dining and green-spaces. Very safe, modern and a great place to walk around, browse and chat with friends.
    Written 28 November 2022
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada22,316 contributions
    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).
    Written 12 December 2020
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada22,316 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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  • jacobom762
    Toronto, Canada56 contributions
    It is a mixed occupancy area, many hotels, a great variety of restaurants for all tastes, office space, apartment buildings, condominiums, boutiques, drug stores ( pharmacies )
    stores, etc.
    There is a Coffe shop/restaurant chain calles SAN MARTIN, affordable prices, there is also a McDonalds across the street from this place, and many hotels.
    Not to be missed are two Greek Restaurants, DEL GRIEGO and the other MYKONOS, large menus to satisfy any apetite. For Hotels you have the Radisson, The Westin, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Courtyard by Marriott, etc
    Written 9 February 2020
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  • ChuckMar73
    Miami, FL61 contributions
    This mall can rival any from the US, everything you need is here! You could spend an entire day here, the best mall in Central America by far!
    Written 7 September 2022
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  • Sam W
    Gaithersburg, MD8 contributions
    Went there on a Sunday morning. Not many people there as lot of Guatemalan are in Church. Did not spend a lot of time there and did not eat there. The place is a bit shady but in general it is safe. We did ask around prior to getting there. However, we bought so many things so we had to give up spending more time there but to take an Uber back to hotel.
    Written 31 May 2022
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  • LuizDutraNeto
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
    If you are visiting Ciudad de Guatemala, make sure to do not miss its high-end "Plaza Fontabella" mall, right at the heart of its affluent "Zona Rosa". With an attractive architectural project, which even includes a very Spanish "Plaza Mayor", you'll be able to shop and eat at a modern, comfortable and safe mall. Enjoy!
    Written 31 July 2020
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  • LUCILA T
    New Orleans, LA175 contributions
    What an amazing church with all its history. I was so impressed with the church and its art and its customs.
    Written 6 October 2019
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  • Luis Galicia
    Guatemala City, Guatemala601 contributions
    Guatemala's post office is reestablishing its services after a 3 year period stop. The building is unique in its architectural style and its arch is an iconic picture of Guatemala's downtown. Many prossesions cross that Arch f during lent and its quite close to central park. I recommend visiting the street of the Post office.
    Written 26 September 2020
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  • bobborn
    Chicago168 contributions
    Sunday mornings it's closed to traffic for bikers and pedestrians. Great opportunity for people-watching.
    Written 25 November 2018
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  • LuizDutraNeto
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
    This is the biggest and most important square in the whole country and has had many names along the centuries ... "Plaza Mayor, Plaza Central, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de los Lamentos, Parque Central" and, lately, "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución"! Right after the major earthquakes of 1773, known as the "Terremotos de Santa María", which destroyed the city of "Santiago de los Caballeros" (the actual "Antigua"), the Spanish authorities decided to build a new city - "Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción" (the actual "Ciudad de Guatemala") - replacing the former capital. As traditional in the colonial years, a central square was mandatory in all towns. So, "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución" dates from 1776 and its central fountain, known as "Fuente de Carlos III", was erected in 1779. The square, located in Ciudad de Guatemala's Zone 1, is the very heart of the historical district. It is sided by important buildings and parks, such as the "Palacio Nacional de la Cultura" (the former presidential palace), the "Catedral Metropolitana", the "Biblioteca Nacional de Guatemala", the "Portal del Comércio" and the "Parque Centenário". After the 1976 earthquakes, "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución" was completely renovated, with the construction of an underground parking area. Nevertheless, after the conversion of the presidential palace into a museum, the square has lost much of its past glory and political importance, but it is still an outstanding tourist attraction and should be visited! Enjoy!
    Written 6 August 2020
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  • Kirkie
    198 contributions
    This is more on the outskirts of the city, but not a very long walk. It is set in a large courtyard, with superb trees, both the main and the side facades are wonderful. The interior of the church is just as beautiful, with interesting sculptures and reredos, sadly, at the moment the reredos of the main altar has been removed, temporarily I hope, and there is a photographic facsimile in its place. However, this is a church which is much used by its parishioners, so it is hard of access for a lot of the day, it is usually open to tourists in the later afternoon.
    Written 19 March 2019
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  • Jane Marie M
    Pittstown, United States31 contributions
    The exterior of this church is worth the trip to see it. It is one of the few places we were able to walk by in Guatemala City. Unfortunately it was not open when I was there, so I did not get a chance to peek inside, but the outside alone was definitely worth seeing.
    Written 15 January 2019
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  • Mela B
    Guatemala City, Guatemala265 contributions
    Has a lot of stores and restaurants, you can spend a whole afternoon there and there a lot of different eating options.
    Written 11 February 2019
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  • texaschic987
    Hot Springs, AR265 contributions
    If you want a true cultural experience among Guatemalans, take a stroll down 6th Avenue. You can window shop, look for a place to have coffee or lunch, and get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life in the capital city. Try the Pan Am Hotel for lunch--wonderful food choices in a historic, stately hotel, with authentic Guatemalan touches.
    Written 10 July 2018
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