Guatemala City Culture Tour, Guatemala City (Self Guided)

Guatemala attracts many tourists with its numerous prominent landmarks, statues and interesting museums. The museums provide the opportunity to discover some important historical artifacts. The following walking tour will take you to the most interesting cultural attractions in the city.
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Guatemala City Culture Tour Map

Guide Name: Guatemala City Culture Tour
Guide Location: Guatemala » Guatemala City (See other walking tours in Guatemala City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: sabrina
Guatemala City Railway Museum

1) Guatemala City Railway Museum

Situated inside the former railway station, Guatemala City Railway Museum is an exciting museum with numerous thrilling exhibitions. The museum provides a lot of information about Guatemala railway history and about each exhibit it displays. Here visitors can see displays of locomotives, diesel and passenger trains, derailments drawings and many other interesting exhibitions. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4:30pm.
Plaza Justo Rufino Barrios

2) Plaza Justo Rufino Barrios

Justo Rufino Barrios is a six-meter monument erected in 1897 by Francisco Durini in honour of Guatemala president Justo Rufino Barrios, who was famous for his liberal reforms and his ideas about a unified Central America. At first the statue was placed opposite the Palacio de la Reforma, but was destroyed during the earthquake in 1918 and moved to Plaza Barrios.
Casa Mima Museum

3) Casa Mima Museum

Casa Mima is a house-museum, situated in the historic Guatemala City center. The museum was opened in 1999 and is still a very popular cultural spot for locals and international visitors. This late 1800s building is set up like a functioning house with original furniture, decorations, toys, personal belongings, kitchenware, clothing items and many other interesting objects. Fascinating collections of Chinese and Rococo artwork are also beautifully displayed here. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Guatemala Post Office Building

4) Guatemala Post Office Building (must see)

Guatemala Post Office Building was built between 1937 and 1940. This attractive structure with its notable Arch is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. The construction of this building was inspired by the famous Santa Catalina Arch in Antigua. The Post Office is situated in the historic center of Guatemala City close to other popular attractions.
National History Museum

5) National History Museum

National History Museum (Museo Nacional de Historia) is housed in a charming historic building, which has been used as a National Property Registry to date. The museum provides you with a great opportunity to learn about the history of Guatemala’s economy, society and culture since its independence in 1821. It hosts interesting displays of past presidents and other important historical figures, portraits, old documents and other valuable artifacts. There is also a fascinating collection of paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

Walking Tours in Guatemala City, Guatemala

Create Your Own Walk in Guatemala City

Create Your Own Walk in Guatemala City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Guatemala City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Guatemala City South Walking Tour

Guatemala City South Walking Tour

Guatemala City is a popular tourist destination as this charming historic city offers a great number of attractions to visit. The southern side of the city is well endowed with national museums, where visitors can enjoy intriguing exhibitions of natural history, modern art and archaeological findings. Discover the world of fauna at Aurora Zoo and find some real treasures in the Handicrafts Market....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Religious Buildings Walk

Religious Buildings Walk

Guatemala City features something interesting and entertaining for everyone. The landmarks here are amazing and the architecture is impressive and unique. Every religious building in this city is a part of local culture and life. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most famous churches in Guatemala City.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Guatemala City Daily Life

Guatemala City Daily Life

Life in Guatemala City is exciting and lively, as it is the largest city of the Republic of Guatemala. The city is separated into numerous zones with streets that are well endowed with colourful shops, cafes, relaxing areas and street markets. All these give tourists a realistic impression of what it is like to live in Guatemala City. The following walking tour will take you to the most...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Guatemala City for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Guatemala City has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Guatemala City, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.