I’m really excited to interview Cesar Tanchez of CesarTanchez.com about Guatemala City, Guatemala. Cesar’s tips for the best things to do in Guatemala City are awesome because he was born and raised in Guatemala. He loves everything about his country, especially the weather where it is about 70* all year long.
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City is the capital of Guatemala and is the largest city in Central America. It is in a valley surrounded by the central highlands at almost 4,900 feet above sea level. With such a high altitude, the weather is great all year long. This is why they call Guatemala City the home of “Eternal Spring.” The temperatures are usually around 70* degrees throughout the year. Cesar says that the best time to visit is in the Winter and Summer so that you can avoid the rainy season. November has the most beautiful sunsets.
The Spanish tradition of Semana Santa (Holy Week) arrived in Guatemala with the Spaniards in the 1500s. Since then, this has become one of the main attractions for travelers. It is held the last week of Lent before Easter in the local city of Antigua. Plan your trip for March or April to experience the religious ceremonies and processions among the city’s cobblestone streets.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Guatemala, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Guatemala City
The local airport is La Aurora International Airport (GUA), which is only about a 20-minute drive to Guatemala City. If you’re looking to visit the Mayan pyramids of Peten, your best option is to take a 30-minute flight to the local airport. Otherwise, it is a 12-14 hour ride along the difficult roads of the countryside.
Uber is an excellent way to get around if you don’t feel comfortable driving in a foreign country. Local tourist agencies can also arrange transportation.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Cesar Tanchez about Guatemala City, Guatemala. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Guatemala City, Guatemala
- Green dots = best things to do in Guatemala City, Guatemala
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Guatemala City, Guatemala
Who is Cesar Tanchez?
Cesar Tanchez is a Spanish radio show for personal finance in Guatemala. He has a 90-minute radio show every week. In addition, he hosts a weekly podcast called Trascendencia Financiera (Financial Significance). His goal is to help people make intelligent personal finance decisions.
Here are a few podcast episodes he’s published:
- Celebracion XI: Surf de episodios
- Peliculas: El luchador / Cinderella Man
- Compra de Apartamentos como inversion: Estrategia
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