6. Guatemala: City Layover Tour
Your tour begins with the pick-up at the Guatemala City airport. First, visit Las Americas Avenue, a famous area of the city named after major reforms made in the late nineteenth century.
Continue to Berlin Plaza, here are three pieces of concrete brought from Germany, these are original sections of the Berlin Wall and from here you can view part of the city and the landscape of the volcanoes. Pass by La Reforma avenues, built inspired by the avenues of France.
See also the Yurrita Church, a private chapel of mixed Baroque style, with Romanesque and Byzantine elements, built as a votive offering by Felipe Yurrita to the Virgin of Our Lady of Sorrows, patron of his native town.
Continue to the Civic Center of the city, a set of buildings constructed between the 50s and 60s that includes: the Supreme Court of Justice, the Ministry of Public Finance, City Hall, the Social Security, the Bank of Guatemala, the National Mortgage Bank, and the Guatemalan Tourism Commission. The Bank of Guatemala is a particularly special sight as it is decorated with murals by Dagoberto Vasquez describing the history of the country, and also includes a mosaic by Carlos Mérida.
Next, continue to the Major Plaza of the Constitution. This plaza is the heart of the historic center of the city. It is surrounded by important monuments such as the National Palace (now the Cultural National Palace and Museum), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Portal of Commerce and Centenarian Park. A few steps away are the National Library and the General Archive of Central America. The tour includes a visit to the Central Market, which is located behind the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the basement of the Tabernacle Plaza. Visitors can buy a variety of art and handicrafts from all over the country here including ceramics, textiles, leather, wood, and silver.
At the end of the tour transfer back to Guatemala City airport.