Great museums and meals in Guatemala City
What might most people associate with Guatemala City? Probably the infamous sinkhole, and the high crime rate. When I realized I would have a full day to spend here, I didn't immediately think of the sinkhole, but I did have concerns about the violent crime that plagues this city. So I decided to hire a private guide for the day (vetted through ToursByLocals.com) and see as much as I could. It was great! Studying the eclectic collection of artifacts at Museo Popol Vuh prepared me for upcoming visits to several Mayan ruins, and at the Ixchel Museum, I learned about the textile and embroidery traditions of the various regions. The guide also took me to the main square where we visited the beautiful National Cathedral (shown in this photo). In front of the church are ten stone columns, each one etched with the names of the thousands of victims of Guatemala’s long civil war. It was very moving, especially after having seen posters left around the city by families still searching for their loved ones. Before the day was over, I'd also seen some fantastic street art, and diverse and interesting architecture. I had an unforgettable lunch at the vegetarian restaurant Rey Sol in Zona 1, and at the hotel's recommendation, went to the wonderful restaurant Kacao for dinner (Zona 10). This may sound like a promo for the tourist board, but I'd encourage travelers to spend some time here. Oh, and I never got to see the sinkhole, but that's OK.