Notable Building in Guatemala City

Banco de Guatemala

More rewarding than you'd think is a visit to this bank building, which bears relief sculptures by Dagoberto Vásquez depicting his country's history.
Museum in Guatemala City


A wonderfully presented museum and cultural center set in a house dating from the late 1800s. The owners of the house were collectors with eclectic tastes ranging from French neo-rococo, Chinese and art deco to indi…
Cathedral in Guatemala City

Catedral Metropolitana

Facing Parque Central, this cathedral was constructed between 1782 and 1815 (the towers were finished in 1867). It has survived earthquake and fire well, though the earthquakes of 1917 and 1976 did substantial damag…
Cultural Center in Guatemala City

Centro Cultural Metropolitano

To the rear of the ground floor of the palacio de correos (post office) you'll find a surprisingly avant-garde cultural center, hosting art exhibitions, book launches, handicraft workshops and film nights.
Gardens in Guatemala City

Jardín Botánico

The Universidad de San Carlos has a large, lush botanic garden on the northern edge of Zona 10. The admission includes the university's Museo de Historia Natural at the site.
Zoo in Guatemala City

La Aurora Zoo

This is not badly kept as far as zoos in this part of the world go, and the lovely, parklike grounds alone are worth the admission fee.
Monument in Guatemala City

Mapa en Relieve

North of Zona 1, Zona 2 is mostly a middle-class residential district, but it's worth venturing along to Parque Minerva to see this huge open-air map of Guatemala showing the country at a scale of 1:10,000. The vert…
Museum in Guatemala City

Museo de Historia Natural

The university's Museo de Historia Natural is at the same site as the Universidad de San Carlos' botanical garden, which is also included in the admission price. The museum has a well-arranged collection of flora an…
Museum in Guatemala City

Museo de los Niños

Almost opposite the zoo entrance is this hands-on affair that is a sure success if you have kids to keep happy. The fun ranges from a giant jigsaw-map of Guatemala to an earthquake simulator and, most popular of all…
Museum in Guatemala City

Museo Ixchel

This museum is named for the Maya goddess of the moon, women, reproduction and, of course, textiles. Photographs and exhibits of indigenous costumes and other crafts show the incredible richness of traditional arts …