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Guatemala City is the capital and largest city in Guatemala with about 1.3 million people living in the city proper but probably around 3.5 million people live in the greater metropolitan area, making it one of the bigger cities in Central America. The city is located in the central southern part of the country on an elevation of about 1,500 metres, surrounded by high mountains and volcanoes, which gives it a rather mild climate. It's the economic heart of the country and together with Antigua (the former capital) it als has a lot to offer culture-wise.
Most people flying into the country arrive here and spend at least a few days here before moving on. The city is threatened by earthquakes, mudslides and volcanoes, with the first killing thousands of people during the last century as well as damaging and destroying lots of buildings. The historical centre remains beautiful though and a visit to the city should start here.
Guetemala City has a very pleasant climate, with generally slightly lower temperatures and humidity compared to areas at lower altitudes. The wet season lasts from May to November, like most of Central America. The coolest months are December to February, the hottest April and May. Temperatures vary from 12 °C on average at night in January to 29 °C on average during the day in the month of May.
La Aurora International Airport (GUA), located 6 kilometres outside Guatemala City, does not only serve the city but is also the main gateway to the country.
TACA has flights to Cancun, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York, San José in Costa Rica, San Pedro Sula in Honduras, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa and Washington, D.C.. Several other destinations are mostly within Central America or the United States. Iberia is the only European carrier that has direct flights from Madrid to the city.
Transportes Aereos Guatemaltecos has several domestic flights, from Guatemala City to Flores and charters to a few other destinations, like Zacapa and Puerto Barios.
Litegua has connections between Guatemala City, Rio Dulce, Morales, Puerto Barrios and many other towns and cities.
There is an area in Guatemala City that is relatively new: Quatro Grados Norte. It is a pedestrian area that has a variety of bars, restaurants and public areas.
|Comfort Hostel||17 calle 14-35 Zona 10 Guatemala, Guatemala||HOSTEL||87|
|Dos Lunas||21 Calle 10-92, Zona 13 Aurora II||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Guatefriends||16 Calle 7-40 zona 13 Aurora I||Guesthouse||85|
|Hostal Hermano Pedro||6 av. 20-53 zona 13 Aurora 2||Hostel||79|
|Hostal Los Lagos||8 Ave 15 - 85 zona 13 Aurora I||Hostel||88|
|Hostal Los Volcanes||16 street 8-00 Zone 13 Aurora 1||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Villa Toscana||16 calle 8-20 zona 13 Aurora 1||Guesthouse||88|
|Hotel Aeropuerto||15 Calle A 7-32 Zona 13||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Bed & Breakfast Mi Casa||5ª Avenida A 13-51 Zona 9||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Cantabria||9 Avenida 1-12 zona 1||HOTEL||90|
|Mariana's Petit Hotel||20 Calle 10-17 Z.13 Aurora II||Hotel||91|
|NovoHostal||9 Avenida 17-58 Zone 13 Aurora I||Guesthouse||-|
|Posada Belen Museum Inn||13 calle A 10-30 zona 1 Historic Center||Hotel||85|
|Jack Rabbit Hostel||15 Calle A 7-52 Zona 13, Aurora 1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Casa del Angel||18 calle 9-50 zona 13 Aurora II||Guesthouse||-|
|Patricias Bed & Breakfast||19 calle 10-65 Zona 13 Aurora 2||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Plaza Aeropuerto||6a. Ave. 13-52 zone 9||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Casa Santorini||7ma Av A 17-17 Zona 13 , Colonia Aurora 1 Local A 300 mts sur Aeropeurto Internacional La Aurora ,||HOTEL||82|
|Las Amèricas||25 Calle 13 - 56 Zona 13||Hostel||-|
|Quetzalroo||6ta Avenida 7-84, Zona 10||HOSTEL||88|
|Hotel San Pablo||8 Calle 7-29 Zona 9 #65||Hotel||-|
|Hostal Aroche||13 avenida 7-12 zona 12||Hostel||-|
|Xamanek Hostel||13 Calle 3-57 Zona 10||HOSTEL||-|
|La Coperacha||4 Av 2-03 Zona 2||GUESTHOUSE||91|
|Hostal del Centro||17 Calle 6-25 Zona 1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Estacion Gerona Bed & Breakfast||13 Avenida 19-35 Zona 1||GUESTHOUSE||85|
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