You will be picked up at your hotel in Guatemala City and transfer to Antigua Guatemala to meet your local guide to begin your soft walking of approximately 3 hours below a brief summary of what to expect on your way.
La Merced Church of Guatemalan Ultrabaroque style, this temple has two bell towers. On the facade of the church, in its upper part is a sculpture of San Pedro Nolasco, founder of the Mercedarian Order.
Santa Catalina Arch, built to connect the nuns between cloisters to avoid being seen due to the votes that the religious who belonged to that Order took, After the earthquakes of 1773, the arch became important due to the arrangements that were made. These arrangements included the construction of a turret and the inclusion of a Lamy Amp Lacroix watch of French origin.
The Central Park is located at the heart of the city, surrounded by the traditional grid pattern frequently utilized in Spanish urban planning during the colony. The park is surrounded by the Palace of the Captain Generals, the City Hall, the church of San José (formerly the Cathedral of Guatemala), the Archbishop’s Palace and the Portal of Commerce (or the Bakers’ Portal).
Here in the park, we will also find the Las Sirenas fountain. This fountain has a traditional oral where the Count of La Gomera ordered to build the fountain in memory of his daughters, who in giving birth did not want to breastfeed their children for what the count ordered To tie his daughters to a trunk in the center of a waterhole, where they died of thirst and hunger.
Continue our way we will visit the La Unión tank, which is one of the most representative laundries in this city, only the big houses had a place where they could be washed. For this reason, most of the inhabitants - housewives - went to public laundries. This was inaugurated on February 3, 1853.
Time for lunch (Not Included)
Transfer to Guatemala City to start our sightseeing tour through the city.
In the afternoon continue with your tour exploring the Modern Guatemala City, first we will visit Las Americas Avenue, which is named after the Reform drawn in the late nineteenth century, due to the formation of the Organization of American States on April 30th, 1948. The area comprising the Avenue of the Americas was demarcated in several farms in the early decade of the 50’s with the intention of dedicating places to the American continent.
Continue to Berlin Plaza there are three pieces of concrete brought from Germany, these are original sections of the Berlin Wall and from here you can view part of the city and the landscape of the volcanoes. Continue by La Reforma avenue, built inspired by the avenues of France for this reason various statues carved in stone, bronze and marble were brought from Italy.
Yurrita Church It is a private chapel of mixed Baroque style, with Romanesque and Byzantine elements. The church was built as a votive offering by Felipe Yurrita, a native of Arevalo, Castilla, Spain, to the Virgin of Our Lady of Sorrows, patron of that town, for favors received, in particular, to have saved her life during the eruption of the volcano Santa Maria.
Then continue to the Civic Center of the City, a set of buildings constructed between the ’50s and ’60s and includes the Supreme Court of Justice, the Ministry of Public Finance, City Hall, the Social Security, the Bank of Guatemala, the National Mortgage Bank and the Guatemalan Tourism Commission. The Bank of Guatemala is decorated with high relief murals by Dagoberto Vásquez describing the history of the country and the city, it also includes a mosaic mural designed by Carlos Mérida.
We will continue to the greatest Plaza of the Constitution. This Plaza is the heart of the Historical Center of the city. It is surrounded by important monuments such as the National Palace (now the Cultural National Palace and museum), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Portal of Commerce, and Centenarian Park. A few steps away are the National Library and the General Archive of Central America. The tour includes a visit to the Central Market, which is located behind the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the basement of the Tabernacle Plaza. There, visitors can buy a variety of art and handicrafts from all over the country; ceramics, textiles, leather, wood, and silver.
Ending the tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel.
Please note: This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop off service. Simply select your hotel from the list under the availability section and our driver will be on his way!
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