Welcome to Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Guatemala. WTR's Guatemala map shows you the location of Casa Santo Domingo and the National Palace.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at La Fonda de la Calle Real and what to order at Sobremesa.
Welge Travel Report Notables for Guatemala
Getting around in Guatemala
Public transportation in Guatemala
WTR's Tony Transit says in almost any town in Guatemala, you will find a bus that eventually will take you to Guatemala City. The second-class extra-urbanos are often crowded and uncomfortable but cheap.
Recognition for Guatemala
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Chances are you will enter Guatemala via Guatemala City. Guatemala City is the capital of the country. All the main highways start at Kilómetro 0, located inside the National Palace (see below) in the Historic Center. Guatemala City became the capital after Antigua had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1773.
With a population of around 3 million people, Guatemala City is the largest and most modern city in Guatemala, however, it is not a tourist destination.
WTR's Miguel Museum says the best attraction in Guatemala City is the National Palace (shown above). Tours are scheduled every working hour. English-language tours are conducted at 11 am and 3 pm. The guides are knowledgeable and the tour lasts about 45 minutes with interesting art like this mural depicting Mayan ancestors.
Then our Tony Transit suggests making a beeline for Antigua.