On this tour, you can appreciate the main cultural, residential, commercial, and economic infrastructure of the city. There will be a panoramic journey of the most important streets and avenues of the city, like the Civic Center and its surroundings.
Later, there is going to be a visit to the Main Square, the Cathedral Church and then Old Presidential Palace (Only From Outside) Then you will be taken to a nice restaurant to have lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Or Popol Vuh museum which are the best museums with the biggest collection of Mayan artifacts of the whole county. Later, the tour will end at the Arts and Crafts Market (Mercado de Artesanías).
After leaving your hotel or starting point, travelers will experience the americas avenue, place where they can find all the way along differents 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.
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 Today many of the residential homes have been replaced by modern building and it is now considered a business and commercial district.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.
It is a unique architectural work worldwide in terms of its proportions, contacting 99% of GPS verifiable accuracy of Guatemala’s Map. After more than 108 years still surprises the visitors
The place to start a sightseeing tour through the historic center of Guatemala City must be the Constitution Square (officially: Plaza Mayor de la Constitución), which has also been called Central Park, since it is in the heart of Zone 1, the city downtown. In this area there are the most important government, financial and administrative buildings of the country.
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.
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.
Visit the national museum of archeology and ethnology. This is the house of the biggest collection of mayan artifacts displayed in whole the country. This Museum operates Tuesday to Sundays, if the museum isn't open to visitors we are going to replace it for the Popol Vuh Museum.
Interesting Crafts from all over the Country are located where, Visitors can take a look of the different products that Guatemala export and also take the chance of buying some travel souvenirs.
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