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Top 5: Attractions in Guatemala City

by Katie Skrzek

Aug 7, 2020

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Top 5 / Latin America

Guatemala City is the capital of the Central American country of Guatemala. The city is known for its ties to the ancient Mayans, beautiful natural landscapes and cultural landmarks. Add these spots to your list for your next visit to Guatemala City.


La Aurora Zoo
Founded in 1924, the zoo houses animals indigenous to Asia, the Americas and Africa. The zoo also boasts a large garden. Adult admission costs about $5. Closed Monday.


Mercado Central
Spend some time exploring the lively market. Vendors sell produce, Guatemalan handicrafts, traditional cuisine and more from underground stalls.


Metropolitan Cathedral
Formally known as Catedral Primada Metropolitana de Santiago, the beautiful church is the main one for the people of Guatemala City. It is located in the city center and opened in 1871.


Museo Popol Vuh
Located on the campus of the Universidad Francisco Marroquín, this museum holds an extensive collection of pre-Colombian and colonial Mayan art. Admission costs about $5. Closed Sunday.


National Palace
The building is an important historical and architectural landmark in Guatemala City. It overlooks the sprawling town square and once held the offices of the president of Guatemala. Today, the building is open to visitors during the week.


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