Did you know: There are 21 dialects spoken in Guatemala. Since the Mayan civilization was first developed by the Maya, the language has evolved into 21 dialects that can be heard today on a true Mayan encounter.
  • Duration: 3,5 hours
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Description

In this tour of Guatemala City, you will appreciate the main cultural, commercial and financial infrastructure of the city. This is a panoramic tour that includes the Civic Center, Old Town, and the newest part of the City, Cayalá District.

As if the history of the Mayan culture isn’t interesting enough, more recent events in Guatemala make it an amazing place to visit.

Guatemala City is home to 3.3 million people in the metropolitan area, making it the largest urban area in Central America. 

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!

Itinerary

Pick up from your hotel.

Your tour begins with a hassle-free pick up from your hotel in Guatemala City.

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!

Pass by: Avenida Las Americas.

After leaving your hotel or starting point, travelers will experience the americas avenue, place where they can find all the way along different monuments and artistic sculptures that commemorate the most important people of the latin American governments and culture. 

Also travelers will see all the contemporary buildings and most expensive residential zone of Guatemala City.

Pass by: Avenida La Reforma.

At the end of the Las Americas avenue you will find the Obelisco, which also connects with The Reforma Avenue that it's considered one of the main boulevards of Guatemala City. Today many of the residential homes have been replaced by modern building and it is now considered a business and commercial district. Also a cycleway was built along the avenue in 2013. Part of the Avenida Reforma is closed to traffic on Sunday mornings, as part of the Pasos y Pedales program implemented by the Guatemala City Municipality.


Throughout the 20th century, more sculptures were added, honoring diverse people such as Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross; Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and Benito Juárez, Mexican leaders; José Joaquín Palma and Rafael Álvarez Ovalle, creators of the national anthem of Guatemala; and Miguel Ángel Asturias, winner of the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature. Other notable monuments are the Monumento a la Madre, which honors motherhood; the Star of David, located in the Israel Plaza; and several statues of animals such as lions, bulls, and wild boars

Stop at: Iglesia Yurrita.

The Our Lady of the Anguishes catholic church, or “Yurrita”, is located at the beginning of Reforma Avenue, Zone 9. Its very odd architecture is quite different from the other religious buildings in town, which are mostly Neoclassical. 


The church was built as an votive offering from Felipe Yurrita, who was born in Arévalo, Castille, Spain, to Our Lady of the Anguishes, patron of the town, in gratitude for favors conceded, particularly for having saved his life during the eruption of the Santa María volcano in 1902, whence it spew a large amount of debris over the coffee plantations owned by the Yurrita family in El Tumbador, San Marcos.

Pass by: Tipografía Nacional de Guatemala.

Example of French Baroque style building.

Stop at: Plaza de la Constitución.

This Plaza is always a center of activity, but especially so on Sundays when hundreds of local residents gather there to stroll, gossip, buy, sell, dance, sing, neck, preach and play. 

Most of the Plaza is an open paved area, suitable for parades, concerts, public manifestations, among others. There are also splashing fountains where children play and quieter shaded areas, where young lovers seem to occupy every bench.

Stop at: Cathedral of Guatemala City.

Is an imposing twin towered structure. It stands 300 feet long and 100 feet wide on the east side of the Constitution Square. It was designed by the Spanish architect Marcos Ibáñez and built in the neoclassical style with completion in 1815. The cathedral has survived three major earthquakes: 1830, 1917, and 1976. Here you will appreciate the image of the Virgen del Perpetuo Socorro (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), the oldest catholic image in Guatemala, brought by Hernán Cortés in 1522.

Stop at: National Palace of Culture.

Built between 1939 and 1943 to be the National Palace or house of the government, was declared Historic, Cultural and Artistic Patrimony of Guatemala in November, 1980 and it is now open to the public as a museum, an art gallery for a permanent and temporary exhibits. 

The ballroom and other big areas within the palace are used now to celebrate official ceremonies, like the signing of Guatemala's historic Peace Accords, held on December 28, 1986.

Stop at: Ciudad Cayalá.

Ciudad Cayalá means paradise in Cakchiquel, an appropriate name for this city that is located in the middle of two ecological reserves of 60 blocks of land and was donated by Grupo Cayalá more than two decades ago. These reserves constitute a lung for Guatemala City and its surroundings. The design of this city is based on the concept of classic urban planning where city planning is based on the needs of the inhabitants. Ciudad Cayalá is a destination where you can enjoy nature, the comforts of modern life, with access to various buildings for religious, cultural and recreational activities of the community.

End of the tour.

After your tour ends, you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

Pick up locations

What's included

Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bottled water
Driver/guide

What's excluded

  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities.
  • Lunch.

Important information

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions. Hotel pickups commence prior to this time Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time. Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • We are going to pick up all passengers at the motor lobby of your hotel. If your hotel doesn’t have a motor lobby please wait for your tour guide at the front desk area.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure

Categories

  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • LUXURY AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS
  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR

Guided Language

  • English
  • Español

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