A quick tour of Guatemala City

Guatemala City Travel Blog

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Welcome board at Guatemala City airport

We arrived late at night in Guatemala City via American Airlines from Miami.  Luis (the proprietor of Casa Jocotenango our temporary home in Guatemala), came to pick us up at the airport.  Luis turned out to be a very nice host.  A review of his hotel will be written separately.

The following morning, we went out early to go sightseeing. Our hotel was located in the historic district of the city and we decided to walk and explore around the vicinity of our hotel.  But first, we had to go to a bank to change our US dollars into Guatemalan quetzals.  Much to our annoyance, the first bank we went to, BANRURAL didn't have currency exchange services.  We found that out only after lining up outside for nearly half an hour.  We were told to go to another branch of the bank a couple of streets away.  Again, we had to line up in the street outside the bank.

Fruit vendor waiting for customers on street
  I should mention that the banks in Guatemala are protected very well indeed; at least one armed guard outside and two inside, all with mean looking pump action guns! After a waiting time of about 30 minutes we finally got the Guatemalan money.

With our hard to get local banknotes safely tucked away in my money pouch we walked over to the city's central square, 'Parque Central,' where the grand National Palace is located.  This is the Guatemalan "White House" and I thought it looked even more impressive than the real White House in Washington, DC.  Nearby is the main church of the city, the Metropolitan Cathedral. As this square is in the heart of downtown, it is always crowded with people during the daylight hours, a good place for meeting people or just hanging around.  We saw a lot of pigeons too as they gather around to be fed by the people there.

From the square we took a cab to La Aurora Zoo where we spent a pleasant couple of hours (review in the next section), and then came back to the square to take some more pictures.

Cho says:
@Toonsarah: You didn't miss much, actually. Most of the attractions are outside the capital city.
Posted on: Mar 10, 2017
Toonsarah says:
I loved Guatemala but we didn't get to see much of Guatemala City itself
Posted on: Mar 10, 2017
Cho says:
@shavy: So do I. Latin American countries have a lot of history and culture. So far, I've been to 6 of them and hope to explore more in the future.
Posted on: Feb 25, 2017
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Welcome board at Guatemala City a…
Fruit vendor waiting for customers…
Fruit vendor waiting for customer…
He has a customer already
He has a customer already
Street behind the National Palace
Street behind the National Palace
The back of the National Palace
The back of the National Palace
Flag of Guatemala flies proudly on…
Flag of Guatemala flies proudly o…
Hurrying to work?
Hurrying to work?
Church of Santa Catalina in Guatem…
Church of Santa Catalina in Guate…
Neat garbage pouch on taxi
Neat garbage pouch on taxi
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I like the uniform of the traffic…
Old archway in Guatemala City
Old archway in Guatemala City
Billboard outside Artisan Market
Billboard outside Artisan Market
Billboard outside Artisan Market
Billboard outside Artisan Market
Map of Guatemala City at the Artis…
Map of Guatemala City at the Arti…
Entrance to Artisan Market
Entrance to Artisan Market
The city square
The city square
Local women at the city square
Local women at the city square
The National Palace
The National Palace
Metropolitan Cathedral
Metropolitan Cathedral
Me among the pigeons with National…
Me among the pigeons with Nationa…
The fountain at Guatemala Citys m…
The fountain at Guatemala City's …
Guatemalan families walking throug…
Guatemalan families walking throu…
Another shot of the National Palace
Another shot of the National Palace
The National Palace from a distance
The National Palace from a distance
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Street vendor selling coconuts in…
Avant-garde building in Guatemala …
Avant-garde building in Guatemala…
Gallo beer, the most popular brand…
Gallo beer, the most popular bran…
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