Guatemala City South Walking Tour (Self Guided), Guatemala City

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. Take this walking tour to visit the most popular tourist spots of southern Guatemala City.
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Guatemala City South Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Guatemala City South Walking Tour
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: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Jorge A. Ibarra Natural History Museum
  • National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • Children's Museum
  • Artcraft and Handicraft Market
  • Aurora Zoo
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Jorge A. Ibarra Natural History Museum

1) Jorge A. Ibarra Natural History Museum

Founded in 1950 by natural scientist Jorge Ibarra, the Natural History Museum (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural) specializes in the collection and preservation of samples of Guatemala’s flora and fauna. The exhibitions include ‘The Origin of the Universe’ and ‘The Origin of Life on Earth’, presenting samples of birds, mammals, butterflies and mineral paleontology. Here visitors can also discover some interesting examples of Guatemalan natural history. The museum has a library with variety of books on ecology for children.

Operation Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm and Saturday, Sunday 9:00 am-1 :00 pm, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm.
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National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

2) National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (must see)

The Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología (MUNAE; National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology) is a national museum of Guatemala, dedicated to the conservation of archaeological and ethnological artefacts and research into Guatemala's history and cultural heritage. The museum was first created by a governmental decree on 30 June 1898, the institution and collections of MUNAE relocated premises several times subsequently, until established in its present building in 1946.

It has some 3000 square metres of exhibition space, and 1500 square metres devoted to restorative and research purposes. MUNAE's collections amount to some 20 thousand archaeological artefacts and 5 thousand ethnological items.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 9 am - 12 am and 1.30 pm - 4 pm.

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The Museum of Modern Art

3) The Museum of Modern Art (must see)

National Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1934 but since 1968 the museum is housed in a beautiful historic building. The museum is in good condition and is considered to be the most popular art museum of the city. Here visitors can admire fascinating exhibitions of Guatemalan art and sculptures, surrealism and multimedia artwork as well as exclusive collections of early 19th century paintings. Most of the fine artwork presented here was created by notable national artists including Zipacna de León and Efraín Recinos. The museum is open Tuesday - Fridays from 9am to 4pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 9am to 12pm and from 1:30pm to 4pm.
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Children's Museum

4) Children's Museum (must see)

Situated close to the La Aurora Zoo entrance, Children's Museum (Museo de los Niños) is a fantastic museum for kids and their parents. This museum offers great fun for kids, with its thrilling exhibitions of human body, giant jigsaw-map of Guatemala, coffee plantation, Lego room, and the most popular entertaining room that includes ball games and other hands-on activities to keep the little ones happy. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday 8:30am-noon and 1pm-4:30pm, weekends 9:30am-1:30pm and 2:30-6pm.
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Artcraft and Handicraft Market

5) Artcraft and Handicraft Market

Artcraft and Handicraft Market is definitely worth a visit. It is the largest craft market in the city that includes a lovely garden and charming corridors with fountains and restaurants. Choose from a huge variety of antiques and Mayan handicrafts including colourful textiles, leather, wood and ceramic objects, jewelry accessories, sweets, traditional dishes and many more. This is a great place to purchase excellent souvenirs and gift ideas for your friends and family. The market is open Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 6am.
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Aurora Zoo

6) Aurora Zoo (must see)

Aurora Zoo (Parque Zoológico La Aurora) is the biggest garden and zoological park in the city. Aurora Zoo features three exhibitions areas: Mesoamerican tropics, Asian subcontinent and African savanna. The zoo is filled with an incredible variety of animal life including elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers, cows, snakes, birds and many others. Here visitors can have a break at the lovely café shop in the park district, while children can have fun in the children's play area. Opening hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Guatemala City Culture Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles