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Guatemala City travel guide

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You're Going to Love Guatemala City

Guatemala City is the capital of Guatemala, and sees the past and present combine in a fascinating way. You will encounter old churches in one area, and find many modern restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping malls in another part of the city.

Guate, as the locals call it, hides some curiosities such as Mayan ruins and the Mapa en Relieve de Guatemala, a huge map of the region that you have to witness from above. There are also plenty of museums where you can learn about the country's history and culture.

Your trip to Guatemala City would not be complete without trying the delicious street food, discovering traditional Guatemalan fare, and eating at a restaurant featuring a live marimba band. The street markets are an unforgettable experience and the perfect occasion to interact with locals.

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When to Visit Guatemala City

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The climate is warm and humid during the summer. You should ideally plan your trip to Guatemala City between November and March for drier and cooler weather. The month of August can be busy because of the Fiesta Patronal de la Virgen de la Asunción, but this is an occasion to see fireworks and parades.

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Where to Stay in Guatemala City

Most hotels are located in Zona 10. Comfort Hostel and Hotel Mansión Imperial are good choices if you are looking for affordable accommodation in this area. If you would rather stay in Zona 1, consider the Hotel Pan American. The Hotel Barceló Guatemala City in Zona 9 is a good choice if you are looking for a more upscale experience.

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Shopping Streets

The Plaza Central is the best place to shop for souvenirs, crafts, and textiles. Visit the Mercado de Artesanias in Zona 13 if you want more shopping options for traditional textiles and clothes. You will find more modern shopping malls in Zona 10 and 11, including the Oakland Mall, Arkadia Shopping Mall, and La Pradera, where you can buy clothes and accessories.

Groceries and Other

The Plaza Central is the best place to find fresh food. There's a Walmart near the airport, the Hiper Paiz Supermarket in Zona 1, and the Econo Super in Zona 9. There are many small family-owned grocery and convenience stores everywhere in the city. A quart of milk typically costs Q12, a loaf of bread should cost Q13, and you will have to spend around Q17 for a dozen eggs.

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Where to Eat in Guatemala City

Zona 5 and Zona 1 are the best areas to find street vendors offering shucos, sliced mangoes, and gauchitos. The best restaurant in Zona 1 is San Ángel, because of the view and steak and shrimp. Zona 10 is where you will find most of the restaurants. Casa Chapina is the best place for traditional fare and live marimba music, or head to Hacienda Real for great steaks. A meal at most restaurants should cost Q30 to Q45, a mid-range meal should cost Q50 to Q100, and eating at an upscale restaurant can cost Q200 or more.