Guatemala City Daily Life, Guatemala City (Self Guided)

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 fascinating spots in the city.
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Guatemala City Daily Life Map

Guide Name: Guatemala City Daily Life
Guide Location: Guatemala » Guatemala City (See other walking tours in Guatemala City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: sabrina
Café de Imeri

1) Café de Imeri

In short walking distance from Central Park, Café de Imeri is a lovely café, popular among both tourists and young professional Guatemalans. The café features an attractive little patio in back with beautiful tree decorations, lamps and comfy tables. The menu includes breakfast, pastas, salads, sandwiches, delicious desserts as well as a good selection of drinks. The café is open Monday through Saturday from 7am till 7pm and Sundays from 7:30am-3:00 pm.
National Library

2) National Library

Situated on the corner of Central Park, The National Library of Guatemala, founded in 1879, is part of the department of Culture and Sports. This library of modern design was built on the site of the historic Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. The library hosts the national bibliographic legacy and also provides special services for children. It contains over 350,000 books including exclusive Guatemalan bibliographic materials, valuable resources for students, magazines, newspapers, books by national authors and many other interesting publications.
Central Park

3) Central Park (must see)

Central Park, officially called Plaza de la Constitución, is the focal gathering point for locals. The park faces two prominent city buildings: National Palace on the northen side and Cathedral on the east. With its stunning fountain, which was built in 1943 and designed by Guatemalan artist Rodolfo Galeotti Torres, the park is never empty during the day; one is likely to see parents walking with kids, teenagers hanging out, ice-cream vendors and sometimes open-air political gatherings.
Portal del Comercio

4) Portal del Comercio

Situated on the southern side of the Central Plaza, Portal del Comercio (Gate of Commerce) is a beautiful Neo-classical building dating back to 1788. The building houses several shops, cafes and stalls selling local crafts and food. During the day this place is always filled with Guatemalans and tourists wandering about. Great place to experience the vibe of daily life in the city.
Central Market

5) Central Market (must see)

This large indoor Central Market is definitely a must-see attraction. Situated just behind the Cathedral, this three-level market is always filled with locals and tourists wandering around; it is the best place to buy attractive souvenirs and native wares at reasonable prices. A variety of hand-crafted items such as jewelry accessories, textile, leather goods, pottery and many others can be found on the top level. The second level has vendors selling food. Here visitors can see what kind of food locals eat and how they buy it. The last level features independent areas that specialize in making baskets, ceramics or wedding attributes. Central market is a great place to purchase something special and to witness local daily life.
Cerrito del Carmen

6) Cerrito del Carmen (must see)

Dating back to the 16th century, Del Carmen Church is the oldest church in the city located on the top of the hill called Cerrito Del Carmen. Legend has it that in the past, this area was a place where drug addicts and criminals would meet, but nowadays, it is a charming spot for locals and tourists. Around the church there are many trees and vegetation that create an attractive park with benches and pathways. Guatemalans gather here to play games as well as to jog, exercise and relax while reading books in a peaceful atmosphere. It is also a place where vendors sell a variety of gifts and souvenirs. The historical church possesses a number of religious images including the well-known model of the Virgin Mary. Some people pray to this picture as they believe it is a blessed image, since it was stolen from here and returned back 100 years later. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the city from this hill.

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Create Your Own Walk in Guatemala City

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Guatemala City Culture Tour

Guatemala City Culture Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Religious Buildings Walk

Religious Buildings Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Guatemala City South Walking Tour

Guatemala City South Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 1.0 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.