capital city is the most modern and cosmopolitan city in Central
America. Fast paced and vibrant, Guatemala City (or Guate as its
referred to locally) is a wonderful blend of old and new and possesses
a distinct Latin charm. Today, Guatemala City has two million inhabitants.
Its location, facilities and the International Airport La
Aurora make it the starting point for visits to the rest of
City was founded in 1776, after a devastating earthquake destroyed
the former Spanish capital of Central America, La Cuidad de
Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, known today as Antigua
Guatemala (or simply Antigua). Sitting on top of three tectonic
plates, Guatemala City is spread out in a valley with the Agua volcano
reigning on its horizon.
City has an active cultural life throughout the year. Most of the
country's museums are to be found here. There are also more than
30 galleries showing Guatemalan artists in painting, photography,
engraving and sculpture. Theaters present a wide range of plays,
especially national playwrights.
interested in handicraft will find them in the Central Market, located
a block away from the Cathedral. At the Central Market you will
not only find unique Guatemalan handicrafts, but also see the colorful
variety of local flowers,
fruits andvegetables. The Relief Map in Minerva Park is a good place
to see the extension of Guatemala and if you have never been to
Paris you should visit Torre el Reformador, the worlds
only scale replica of the Eiffel Tower.
For more information,
tour packages and itineraries, please contact EnjoyGuatemala.com