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  • One of Guatemala's iconic locations, the National Presidential Palace, provides photo opportunities while on your Guatemala tour
  • The Festa of San Tomas in Guatemala City is a must inclusion while on your Guatemala Vacation

When on a Guatemala vacation, you will probably visit Guatemala city. Located in the south central part of Guatemala in a mountain valley called Valle de la Ermita, Guatemala City serves as the country’s capital and is its largest city.  Guatemala City is also the largest city in Central America.

Although discovered by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, the western part of modern Guatemala City was once Kaminaljuyú, an ancient Maya city that was one of the first and most important areas in the Maya region.  The people of Kaminaljuyú first occupied the area between 1200-1000 BC and continued to inhabit it for 2,000 years before abandoning it. 

When the Spanish arrived, what remained on the once great city were overgrown mounds.  After an earthquake in 1773 caused considerable damage to the colonial capital Antigua, the king of Spain signed a royal charter thus establishing Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción as the new capital.  In 1821, Guatemala City was the scene of Central America’s declaration of independence from Spain.

Today, Guatemala City serves as the main point of entry into the country on Guatemala vacations and all transportation routes travel through the city.  It is very much a cultural capital and is home to many writers, artists and thinkers as well as various art galleries, theatres and museums.  Despite being a modern destination with modern facilities, Guatemala City hosts interesting old sections and ruins as well as colourful markets that add a historic feel.

 


Guatemala Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Guatemala vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Guatemala, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Guatemala's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Guatemala for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Guatemala tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Guatemala Tour, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursEcuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruisesPeru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.

 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

  • Antigua: Guatemala Stopover

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua Guatemala is famous for church ruins and a quaint colonial feel. The base for all journeys into Guatemala, you will find yourself not wanting to leave.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 295
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  • Best of Guatemala

    Experience the highlights of this amazing country. These include Antigua, a charming Colonial style city, Chichicastenango, a small town with a mountain backdrop and a very special atmosphere, Lake Atitlan, a beauty spot and Tikal, one of the most amazing sites of the Mayan civilization.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,506
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  • Mayan Chichicastenango

    Spend some time exploring Mayan Chichicastenango, a small, stucco-white town about 2 hours drive from Antigua. It is home to the most colourful native markets in Central America.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 807
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  • Panajachel and Lake Atitlan

    Enjoy 3 days exploring Panajachel and Lake Atitlan. Panajachel is isolated in the Guatemalan highlands and provides breathtaking views of three volcanoes and stunning Lake Atitlan.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 687
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