Collected by Madeleine Provost
Named for one of Guatemala’s most celebrated artists, the Carlos Mérida MOMA is a gem inside and out: The colonial Renaissance-style building boasts a mahogany ceiling and many works by Mérida in what was once his studio. You can also see the work...
Deep in the Guatemalan jungle lies the lost Maya city of Tikal. A stronghold of the ancient Maya world between 200 and 900 C.E., Tikal continues to fascinate. Be sure to arrange a sunrise tour, which allows you to watch the jungle wake up from the...
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tamales—warm and moist and filled with potatoes, cheese, and shredded chicken—are classic Guatemalan street food. Just look for the little Mayan man strolling along the avenue toting a cooler and whistling, or jingling, or tooting a tiny horn. His...
Avenida La Reforma, 0-63, Ciudad de Guatemala 01000, Guatemala
Explore the country’s only botanical garden—the first of its kind in Central America—and find a leafy sanctuary in the heart of the city. You’ll be able to see some 1,400 varieties of local and exotic plants here and many are rare and endangered....
01010, 4A Avenida 12-59, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Seek out this pretty little shopping mall with a picturesque fountain out in its main plaza and take a break from the crowds. Refresh yourself with fresh-squeezed juices and indulge with chocolate-y patisserie or get stuck into a serious shopping...
Universidad Francisco Marroquín, 6A Calle, Guatemala
The Museo Popol Vuh is an important collection of Mayan artifacts. This treasure trove includes everything from a model of the city of Tikal where the tallest pyramid in the Americas makes its home, to impressive funerary pieces and Mayan pottery....
6A Calle, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala
Packed with murals, fountains, and stained glass windows, the Palace Nacional de la Cultura, once the official seat of the Guatemalan president, is an extensive museum. Sculptures and paintings by famous Guatemalan artists adorn the many rooms of...
1a Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
"No visit to Antigua is complete without stopping in Cafe No Se!" I was told this several times, by different people, before and throughout my trip to Guatemala. Unfortunately, my itinerary left me with very little time to spend drinking "Illegal...