Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Guatemala City

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  • Mario G
    5 contributions
    Very nice zoo. My kids loved it , definitely will be back here. It was worth the trip from Antigua to the Zoo. I liked the guacamayas the most.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Stephen L
    Cambridge, UK475 contributions
    I loved the museum. It walks you through Maya history by time period. There are many stunning exhibits. You will not be disappointed.
    NOTE 1. If going by taxi make sure you select the correct Popol Vuh. There is more than one option
    2. There is a lovely cafe in the University grounds near the Bibliotheque/Library
    Written 24 November 2022
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  • Gilbert G
    Guatemala City, Guatemala4 contributions
    Many options for everyone to enjoy a great family day.
    Children and teens will see that there is always something to do and to see.
    A good amussement park for the whole family.
    The zoo is a great walk experience.
    There are many food options and the personnel are nice people.
    Written 10 October 2020
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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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  • Elissa
    Los Angeles, CA532 contributions
    In all my travels, this has easily become one of my all time favorite museums. It's off the beaten path on a university campus and quite small, but even so their collection is impressive. We had the museum all to ourselves, which made it all the more special. We first had the option of choosing which video to watch before going to the exhibit-- we chose the one focusing more on textiles in Guatemala which was an interesting overview to the creation of textiles and how they vary by location/status. Walking through the exhibit rooms, the museum was expertly curated with dioramas, textiles, mannequins wearing clothing, maps, and information plaques in Spanish and English. I was amazed that some of the items were not obscured by glass... something that would never happen here in the US! The gift shop was quite large for such a small museum, and had some great items to purchase including lovely little wooden tea boxes with a woven textile as a lid. This museum was a highlight of our trip to Guatemala and is not to be missed!
    Written 26 December 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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  • 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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  • Jan01234
    Seattle, WA238 contributions
    Guatemala City doesn't have many "must see" attractions -- especially with many museums closed by COVID. We visited the relief map while waiting for our departure test results and were pleasantly surprised. A fitting conclusion to our 3-week road trip around the country.
    Written 14 December 2021
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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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  • Marcos C
    4 contributions
    Small museum with a lot of history. Be ready to explore old trains, wagons, even presidential suites; all of which surrounded by 1940's train station.
    The museum also has small gift shop, mostly "farmer's market" stores, drinks and food.
    All of which can be done en 1 hour.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Britt H
    Jocotenango, Guatemala12 contributions
    If you have some time to kill in Guatemala City, this is an informative place to do it. The cost is low, sometimes even free. There is a big map in the floor that shows you what the area used to look like.
    Written 3 January 2018
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  • Robert S
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL819 contributions
    The architecture is intriguing and worth a stop to see. The condition; however, is sadly derelict and badly in need of refreshing/remodel/cleaning.
    We attended a marvelous Christmas celebration on 28 November: “Víspera de Navidad”. It was delightful and the music & dance were marvelous! The vocal soloists and the musical soloists were very talented. The dancers were a bit amateurish but fun.
    General admission tickets were very inexpensive. The seats were great. It deserved standing ovation; the got it; we got two encores too...
    Written 2 December 2019
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