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Guatemala City - 01

Guatemala City - 01

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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.



Sights and Activities

  • Historical Centre (Centro Histórico)
  • Central Market (Mercado Central)




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.



Getting there


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.

By Bus

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 Hostel17 calle 14-35 Zona 10 Guatemala, GuatemalaHOSTEL89
Dos Lunas21 Calle 10-92, Zona 13 Aurora IIGuesthouse-
Hostal Guatefriends16 Calle 7-40 zona 13 Aurora IGuesthouse86
Hostal Hermano Pedro6 av. 20-53 zona 13 Aurora 2Hostel91
Hostal Los Lagos8 Ave 15 - 85 zona 13 Aurora IHostel87
Hostal Los Volcanes16 street 8-00 Zone 13 Aurora 1Hostel-
Hostal Villa Toscana16 calle 8-20 zona 13 Aurora 1Guesthouse89
Hotel Aeropuerto15 Calle A 7-32 Zona 13Guesthouse-
Hotel Bed & Breakfast Mi Casa5ª Avenida A 13-51 Zona 9HOTEL-
Hotel Cantabria9 Avenida 1-12 zona 1HOTEL89
Mariana's Petit Hotel20 Calle 10-17 Z.13 Aurora IIHotel92
NovoHostal9 Avenida 17-58 Zone 13 Aurora IGuesthouse-
Posada Belen Museum Inn13 calle A 10-30 zona 1 Historic CenterHotel88
Jack Rabbit Hostel15 Calle A 7-52 Zona 13, Aurora 1GUESTHOUSE-
Hostal Casa del Angel18 calle 9-50 zona 13 Aurora IIGuesthouse-
Patricias Bed & Breakfast19 calle 10-65 Zona 13 Aurora 2GUESTHOUSE-
Hostal Plaza Aeropuerto6a. Ave. 13-52 zone 9Hostel-
Hotel Casa Santorini7ma Av A 17-17 Zona 13 , Colonia Aurora 1 Local A 300 mts sur Aeropeurto Internacional La Aurora ,HOTEL87
Las Amèricas25 Calle 13 - 56 Zona 13Hostel-
Quetzalroo6ta Avenida 7-84, Zona 10HOSTEL89
Hotel San Pablo8 Calle 7-29 Zona 9 #65Hotel-
Hostal Aroche13 avenida 7-12 zona 12Hostel-
Xamanek Hostel13 Calle 3-57 Zona 10HOSTEL-
La Coperacha4 Av 2-03 Zona 2GUESTHOUSE90
Hostal del Centro17 Calle 6-25 Zona 1GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Estacion Gerona Bed & Breakfast13 Avenida 19-35 Zona 1GUESTHOUSE84






Keep Connected


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Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 14.624795
  • Longitude: -90.532818


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