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Capital of Guatemala, Guatemala City is the most populous Central American
city. It is located in the Hermitage Valley and is the economic and
cultural hub of the country, well connected via the La Aurora International
Airport(GUA). The Guatemala City landscape alternates between green spaces,
historic buildings, and modern architecture. The city has a host of art
galleries and museums for visitors to enjoy. The historic center is the
heart of the city, where you will come across most landmarks including the
Mercado Central. Zone 4 is the hip district of the city where you will find
many chic cafes, bistros, galleries, and bars. Day trips to Antigua and
Tecpan can be taken from Guatemala.
Things to do in Guatemala City
One of the most important buildings in the country and headquarters of the
President, the National Palace is symbolic of Guatemala City. Constructed
in the 1930s and 1940s, the aesthetically pleasing building is a mix of
Neoclassical and Spanish Renaissance. Also called the Palacio Verde, it is
located right next to Central Park of Guatemala. It operates as a museum
where you can take guided tours in English.
La Aurora Zoo
Also known as Parque Zoologico La Aurora, it is a zoological park and one
of the largest gardens in the city. It is located in the southern part of
the city and is a 5-minute drive from international airport and a 30-minute
drive from the historic city center. The zoo houses a variety of animals
from Asia, Africa and Americas in three designated areas. Zebras, three
species of Asian monkeys, lions and buffaloes, among others can be found
here. The zoo also has on-site eateries where you can indulge in
hamburgers, pizzas as well as traditional home food.
Plaza de la Constitucion
The main plaza of Guatemala City, Plaza de la Constitucion is surrounded by
the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, the Centennial Park and the
National Library of Guatemala. One of the most famous historic landmarks in
the city, the Plaza has played host to many significant historic events,
celebrations and parades. The Kilometer Zero of the country, from where all
distances are measured, is also found here.
Best Time to Visit Guatemala City
Guatemala City is located in a valley and temperatures here vary from the
rest of the country. The best time to book Guatemala City flights is from
November to March when the weather is pleasant. It is advised to book
Newark to Guatemala City flights in advance to avoid paying more at the