Come with us on our Guatemala City day tour and discover the history and modern day life of Guatemala. You will visit the Mapa en Relieve, the historic center, and multiple museums exploring the country’s history, development and culture. Due to museum operating hours, this tour can only be offered Tuesday through Friday.
The Relief Map
After a 2 hour’s drive, you will arrive in Guatemala City, the country’s capital and economic, governmental, and cultural epicenter. Our first stop will be El Mapa en Relieve, a giant relief map of Guatemala spanning approximately 1,800 square meters. This map, built in the early 1900’s, is a remarkable replica on Guatemala’s diverse terrain. With a guided tour, we will learn about the country’s diverse topography, landscapes, and climates as well as its modern day political and cultural geography.
The National Palace and Historic Center
We will next visit the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, one of the most important buildings in Guatemala. Constructed in the early 1940’s and once home to former President Jorge Ubico, the palace features impressive architecture, monuments, and historic murals. With a guided tour, we will learn about the history and modern day significance of this grand, ornate building. Upon leaving the National Palace, we will make our way to Guatemala City’s historic center to see the Plaza Mayor (main plaza), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Centennial Park.
After exploring the historic center, we will make our way to the Museo de Correos, Telégrafos y Filatelia, the country’s postal and telegraphic museum. Created to preserve the country’s historic and cultural patrimony of its postal service, the museum building itself has impressive architecture and design. Here with a guided tour, we will learn about these important industries as they relate to Guatemala’s history and modern day life.
After a break to enjoy lunch in a city restaurant, we will continue our museum visits with a stop at the Museo del Ferrocarril, Guatemala’s Railway Musuem. Here we will learn about the railroad’s impact on Guatemala’s history and development and see important historical items and photographs related to the industry.
Our final stop will be for a guided tour of two the country’s museums of significant cultural importance: Museo Ixchel and Museo Popol Vuh. The Museo Ixchel is Guatemala’s Museum of Indigenous Textiles and Clothing. Here we will see the museum’s collection of ceramics, textiles, and jewelry and learn about Guatemalan traditions of dress throughout the country. Museo Popol Vuh is home to one of the largest collections of Mayan art in the world. Here we will see and learn about Mayan art, archaeology, and colonial treasures. After finishing our visit, we will return to Antigua (2 hour’s drive).
· All transport (private bus)
· Experienced, bilingual guide
· All tours, local guides, and workshop/entrance fees
What to bring
· Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes
· Sun and rain protection (sunscreen, rain jacket, hat)
· Money for excluded meals and souvenir shopping