This escorted layover tour of Guatemala City will guide you through a wealth of information, artifacts, sites and cultural pieces throughout the city. You will enjoy visiting 6 of the most history-packed places in the capital city of Guatemala. You will be picked up from your hotel in Antigua Guatemala or from the Guatemala City International Airport to start this day-tour.
Throughout the day, you will visit: Ixchel Museum of the Mayan Costume, Popol Vuh Museum, National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Relief Map. This is a great tour of the city if you find yourself with an extra long stay at the airport also. Guatemala City is the most in full bloom city in all of Central America with its trendy buildings and commerce centers that contrast with Antigua Guatemala, a colonial and romantic city, with a combination of antique buildings and ingrained customs of traditions.
Guatemala city is the most up-to-date and cosmopolitan city of the Central American countries. It is the ideal city for organizing conferences and conventions, museums, making medical check-ups, and visiting craft markets, among other activities. Exploring the Historic Center of more than 200 years of existence is a must do. Its cathedral, emblematic buildings, churches, and museums are a great sample of the historic evolution of the country. Entertainment and distraction sites are also available in Guatemala City; for example, the ‘Live Zone’ where its select hotels, restaurants and nightclubs raise the city.
What to expect
Let yourself fall back through the years to experience colonial art all the way through art of today. The Mayans have amazing talents that will be shared with you throughout this day. Your visit to Ixchel Museum of the Mayan Costume will produce the opportunity to learn more about the weaving heritage. You will see around 6,000 varies woven items on display, created in the late 19th century until now.
There are also watercolor paintings depicting these amazing costumes for you to view. Popol Vuh Museum will guide you through ceramic art and stone sculptures. While the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology contains 20,000 pieces from Guatemalan history for you to view, such as pottery, artwork, crafts, textiles and relics from archaeological sites. Here you can learn more about the settlement of Guatemala.
This tour does not stop with museums though. You will have the opportunity to visit the seat of the Guatemalan government, National Palace of Culture, as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral. The cathedral is the main church of Guatemala City. It stands in the center of the city. Gaze at the beauty of its structure, size, altars and pillars. If your travels do not allow you to see all of Guatemala at this time, you can view it on a 100-year old 3D Relief Map during this tour. It depicts the details of the terrain on a 1:10,000 kilometer scale. This day tour will definitely have you viewing some rich pieces of history and culture.
Guatemala City Layover
$40 per guest
Departure and Return Location: Traveler pickup from the international airport of Guatemala City, or hotels in Guatemala City and Antigua Guatemala
Departure Time: to schedule based on guests arrival and departure
Expenses included: private transportation, local certified guide, entrance fees, bottle water and taxes
Not included: gratuity for staff, travel and cancellation insurance, and other expenses than indicated
The price is based in 8 participants
This is a private day tour, therefore only your group will participate
Activity level: Easy, most travelers can participate
Not wheelchair accessible