Guided tour

Half-Day Guatemala City Explorer Tour

4.3 / 5

24 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Guatemala
Guided tour

Half-Day Guatemala City Explorer Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Guatemala

From US$ 34 per person

Visit one of Central America's most modern cities and take an insightful half-day tour of its most important sights, including the National Palace, City Hall, Plaza of the Constitution, National Library, Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Central Market.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Discover the sights of Central America's largest city
  • Explore a combination of old colonial and modern monuments
  • Enjoy the charm of the modern city of Guatemala, full of history with colonial architecture
  • See ancient statues of important people in the history of Guatemala and the region
  • Admire the beautiful landscape on the viewpoint that offers a view of the volcanoes
Full description
Visit Guatemala City (its official name is La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción), the cultural, religious, and business center of Guatemala. On this day you will appreciate the panoramic view of the colonial architecture combined with modern buildings, important museums, and historical monuments. You will be picked up in your hotel in Guatemala City by your tour guide to start your sightseeing through the city. Below a brief summary of what to expect on your way. Start at Las Americas Avenue, named after the reform that led to the formation of the Organization of American States in 1948. Continue to Berlin Plaza for a view of part of the city and the landscape of the Pacaya volcano. You will also see La Reforma. This was inspired by the avenues of France and for this reason, various statues carved in stone, bronze, and marble were brought from Italy. You will also see Yurrita Church, which is a private chapel of mixed Baroque style, with Romanesque and Byzantine elements. The church was built as a votive offering by Felipe Yurrita, a native of Arevalo, Castilla, Spain, to the Virgin of Our Lady of Sorrows (patron of that town). This was in return for favors received — in particular, for the saving of her life during the eruption of the volcano Santa Maria. Continue onwards to the city's civic center, a mishmash of state buildings constructed in the middle of the 20th century, including the Supreme Court, City Hall, and the Bank of Guatemala; decorated with impressive high relief murals by Dagoberto Vasquez which detail's the country's history. You will then arrive at the Major Plaza of the Constitution, surrounded by important monuments such as the beautiful National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Centenarian Park. Nearby is the abstractly adorned National Library and the General Archive of Central America. Finally, you will visit the Central Market, which is located behind the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the basement of the Tabernacle Plaza. At the end of this sightseeing tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.
  • Round-trip hotel transfers from most Guatamala City hotels
  • A bilingual Spanish/English guide
  • Food and beverages
  • Optional gratuities and personal expenses

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and a camera
  • Depending on your pickup place the order of the itinerary may change
  • Please the local supplier if you need a guide in any other language; tours in French, German, and Italian are subject to additional costs and guide availability
  • For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact the local supplier to arrange
  • A minimum of 2 adult passengers is required for the tour to run; if the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 24 reviews

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The guide was very knowledgeable and knew the history of all the different sites we toured very well. We walked on la Calle 6, notice I said walked on the actual street because it's blocked from car traffic. We walked down this street to the Parque Central and the adjoining Parque Centenario. These parks were full of people, some shoeshine boys, ice-cream vendors and people just out with the family strolling the streets and the parks. From there we crossed over to a very old but beautiful church. We then walked down Calle 8 which led us to the Grand Central Market. In all, I would say that half of the tour was on foot while the other half was taking in site (mostly statues) from the vehicle. Which from our prospective was fine because we were getting a light rain at the time. Incredibly, it stopped about the time we started the walking portion of the tour. My wife and I enjoyed very much.

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April 1, 2023

Considero que fue demasiado sencillo el tour, solo visitar una zona de casas, pasar en coche para ir al centro, llegar a la plaza y bajarnos para ver la catedral e ir a un restaurante. El precio de lo que se pagó no lo vale. Deberían de realmente enseñarnos algo importante como museos, lugares de verdadero interés, no solo ver todo desde la camioneta.

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April 1, 2023

Il tour è molto interessante comprende la visita della piazza centrale di Guatemala City, con la Cattedrale Metropolitana, il National Palace, e le vie adiacenti con edifici di stile coloniale. Inoltre si visita il Central Market molto particolare. Successivamente il tour prosegue lungo i viali storici e verso i nuovi quartieri residenziali.

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April 1, 2023

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