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Guatemala City Guatemala Tour
Along with the ancient Mayan Tikal ruins, your all inclusive Guatemala Vacation with Caravan Tours also includes a guided tour of Guatemala City, Guatemala’s capital.
Guatemala City now has a population of just over three million people. Guatemala or Guate, as the locals refer it to, is now the largest and most populated center in Central America.
The Mayans first built their Mayan city here in the Valle de la Ermita (Hermitage Valley). The high altitude location boasts spectacular lakes, soaring volcanoes, historical ruins, and many archaeological sites that seem to peel back history and expose the legendary culture of the region.
National Archaeology Museum in Guatemala City
The National Archaeology Museum holds the most sizeable collection of Mayan artifacts in Guatemala. On display are immense sculptures in stone as well as monuments from the Mayan Classic-period (250-900 AD) that illustrate the height of Mayan culture.
In the ethnology section of the National Archaeology Museum the masks, jewelry, costumes, languages, and homes of indigenous peoples are exhibited. These artifacts offer fascinating insights into ancient Mayan culture.
Guatemala City’s Metropolitan Cathedral
Constructed in the late 1700s, the Metropolitan Cathedral is an astonishing architectural and structural achievement. It is officially called the Catedral Primada Metropolitana de Santiago.
Decorative and ornate altars, surrounded by classical and baroque elements, impressively compliment the interior. Twelve pillars in front of the cathedral commemorate thousands who disappeared or were murdered during Guatemalan internal armed conflicts in the 1960s.
National Palace of Guatemala City
The National Palace, which is also known as the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, was built between 1936 and 1943 under the dictator General Jorge Ubico. It incorporates multiple styles from Neoclassical to Spanish Renaissance.
Now open as a museum, the National Palace has frescoed arcs, carved stonework, polished brass, and a 2-ton Bohemian chandelier in the reception entrance. It’s easy to find, adjacent to the Central Park (Parque Central) in the city’s core.
Guatemala City Roaming
Guatemala City is the cultural and economic hub of Guatemala. There are art galleries, museums, theatres, sports venues, restaurants, shops, and citywide transit. Visiting this historically diverse metropolitan city is the highlight of any Guatemalan trip.
About Caravan Tours
After nearly seven decades conducting fully guided tours, Caravan Tours is still highly affordable. Our family run all inclusive tour company offers tours to Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Canada, and throughout the United States. Caravan Tours is now a second-generation family owned Chicago based Tour Company.
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Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.
Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.
Fully Guided by Tour Directors
All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.
Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.
Great Value, Book Early
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
Trade Association Memberships
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).