Planning Your Time
Upon international arrival into Guatemala, most travelers eager to make their way to the country’s fascinating interior head straight to Antigua Guatemala, taking a shuttle bus from the airport and bypassing Guatemala City altogether.
Whether at the beginning or end of your trip, a visit to the country’s capital is crucial to understanding what makes this country tick. It is certainly worth spending some time here and it can be an extremely rewarding destination after weeks spent in the countryside, offering fine restaurants, excellent museums, and all the comforts that a modern capital city has to offer.
Guatemala City is also the country’s transportation and business hub, so if you are trying to get around the country or are in Guatemala on business, you will find yourself on its streets sooner or later.
Most of the major attractions can be seen in a day or two. If you have more than two days to spend in Guatemala City, you might consider staying in Antigua to make better use of your time. Exceptions to this would be those in town for business looking for things to do after hours without taking a trip out of the city.
Zona 10, conveniently near the airport, has some fine hotels and is home to a number of highly recommended museums. It is also one of the city’s most attractive commercial and financial district.
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