Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) Tours

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The Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Guatemala City, is the main church of Guatemala City. Located in the heart of town, the main portion of it was built between 1782 and 1815. About 50 years later, the towers were finished. The impressive baroque/neo-classical building with a blue dome is earthquake proof – it’s withstood numerous quakes (it was damaged by two earthquakes and repaired).

Inside there is a collection of work which was originally from the Cathedral of Antigua Guatemalan. In addition, the altars are preserved and feature images of saints and other work from the Cathedral of Antigua Guatemala as well.

Be sure to take a moment and pay respect to the tragic recent history of the country at the 12 pillars, located in front of the cathedral. These pillars were resurrected to pay tribute to the murders and disappearance of thousands of people during the civil war from 1960s through 1996.

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Located east of Constitution Square, the Metropolitan Cathedral is easily accessible via public transit.
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Address: 8 Calle and 7 Av., Guatemala
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Hours: Daily 8am–8pm
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Private Tour: Guatemala City Morning or Afternoon Tour

Discover the cultural highlights of Central America’s largest city on a private 3.5-hour morning or afternoon tour of Guatemala City. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), the National Palace and the Bank of Guatemala, while listening to history-rich commentary. Admire the modern structures of the Civic Center (Centro Civico) and browse Mercado Central for artisan souvenirs before heading to Paseo Caya — a walled luxury complex — to enjoy a delicious dinner (own expense). Receive undivided attention from your private guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$60,00
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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4-Day Tour: Guatemala City, Antigua, Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan

Cover some of the top highlights of Guatemala, including colonial towns, towering volcanoes and indigenous villages, during this 4-day, 3-night trip. During this Guatemalan adventure you’ll walk the charming cobblestoned streets of Antigua and admire the stunning volcano-rimmed shores of Lake Atitlan. You’ll also get a taste for the bustling markets and rich indigenous culture found in cities like Chichicastenango. Your Guatemalan adventure includes accommodations, meals, a guide and coach transport.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$350,00
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Full Day Guatemala City and Antigua Guatemala - 2 Day Tour

FOR GUATEMALA CITY: On this tour you can appreciate the main cultural, residential, commercial, and economical infrastructure of the city. There will be a panoramic journey of the most important streets and avenues of the city, like the “Centro Cívico,” and its surroundings.FOR ANTIGUA: Located just one hour away from Guatemala City, Antigua is the most visited destination because of its history and its cultural beauty. The city of “Santiago de los Caballeros” is a colonial city, founded in 1543, which was the administrative, political and religious center of Chiapas and Central America until the year 1773.  
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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US$260,00
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  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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Private Tour: Guatemala City and Historical Center Discovery

Don’t let Guatemala City’s reputation fool you—Guatemala’s capital city is full of historical areas of interest, grand architecture, and thrumming urban energy. A private tour shows you the best of Guatemala City’s past and present, all in the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. Skip haggling for taxis or navigating public transit as you easily make your way to top Guatemala City attractions such as the Civic Center, National Palace, central market, and more. Tour includes lunch and all transportation.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$135,00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Guatemala City Sightseeing Tour

Experience the buzzing capital of Guatemala on this 3-hour afternoon sightseeing tour of Guatemala City, including hotel pick-up. Get your bearings in Central America’s biggest city, as you follow your guide around landmarks like the Avenue of the Americas, Constitution Plaza and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Learn more about the city’s rich history and heritage as you admire the murals and mosaics of the Bank of Guatemala, browse for handicrafts at the bustling Central Market.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Combo Tour: Colonial Antigua plus Guatemala City Sigthseeing

Explore the old and new capitals of Guatemala on this full-day sightseeing adventure that combines both vehicle and walking tours of Guatemala City and Antigua. You’ll see major highlights like the Civic Center, Metropolitan Cathedral and the Central Market in Guatemala City, before heading to the World-Heritage listed city of Antigua. Wander the historic streets of this picturesque colonial town and stop at La Merced Church, Central Park and other highlights before enjoying a traditional lunch.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$65,00
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full-Day Guatemala City Sightseeing Tour

Take an unexpected excursion through Guatemala City, discovering its unique mid-century architecture, bustling markets and fascinating museums, during this 8-hour excursion. Start with driving tour of city’s main avenues and its National Palace before admiring Guatemala City’s collection of 50s and 60s architecture like the Supreme Court Building and City Hall. During your visit you’ll also get a taste for daily life and shop for souvenirs at the city’s central market and explore Guatemalan history at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Your Guatemala City trip includes a guide, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$70,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Tour of Guatemala City

Without a guided tour of Guatemala City, you might overlook the many museums, historical monuments, and public plazas that make Guatemala’s capital city a thriving cultural hub. This guided tour introduces you to must-see Guatemala City attractions like Plaza Mayor with the convenience of included transportation—one of the biggest deterrents from exploring on your own—plus includes loads of information about Guatemala’s history and culture from a certified tour guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$75,00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Shopping Tour in Guatemala City

Whether you want to hit the shopping mall, seek out a bargain or pick up some unique souvenirs; take all the hassle out of shopping in Guatemala City with this small-group shopping tour. First, soak up the atmosphere at the lively Central Market, where you can practice your haggling skills as you purchase traditional handicrafts and delicious foods. Then, browse the high-end boutiques at the Oakland Mall, before ending the day at the huge Paseo Cayalá shopping complex.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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