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Cerro Quemado (volcán)

Cerro Quemado (volcano) — Cerro Quemado (whose name means “Burned Peak” in Spanish), is an active volcano that may erupt again in the near future. It’s located 30 minutes (7 km.) south of the regional city, Quezaltenango (Xela), or 3 ½ hours (203 km.) west of Guatemala City. About 1200 years ago, part of Cerro […]

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Antigua (ciudad)

Antigua (city) — Founded in 1543 by the Spanish, Antigua was the capital of colonial Central America until a series of earthquakes forced the inhabitants to evacuate the city. During its heyday, Antigua was one of the wealthiest cities in the New World. That legacy shines through today amid the languid colonial charm. The cobbled […]

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Acatenango (volcán)

Acatenango (volcano) – located an hour southwest of the regional city of Antigua, Acatenango is a stratovolcano with two peaks (Pico Mayor and Yepocapa, a.k.a. Tres Hermanas). With a height of almost 4,000 meters, Acatenango is joined with Volcán de Fuego and collectively the volcano complex is known as La Horqueta. Since occasional minor eruptions […]

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Plaza Fontabella

Plaza Fontabella (4ta Avenida y 12 Calle, Zone 10, Ciudad de Guatemala) – this is another upscale mall in the capital, with 40 international & regional retailers. They range from fashion brands like Bebe and Carolina Herrera, to L’Occitane (French beauty products), La Casa del Habano (Cuban cigars) and even the luxury car maker Maserati. […]

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Oakland Mall

Oakland Mall (Diagonal 6, 13-01 Zona 10, Ciudad de Guatemala) — this is perhaps the largest shopping mall anywhere in Guatemala (with over 200 retailers and eateries). Many of the retailers are American and international brands (for shoppers of various income levels), while eateries found here range from American fast food brands like Starbucks, McDonald’s, […]

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La Noria

La Noria (10 Avenida 12-30, Zona 14, Ciudad de Guatemala) – this is an upscale shopping mall with 32 local & regional retailers, and 25 eateries (including Starbucks, a sushi restaurant, and other types of eateries – from Belgian French Fries, to Venezuelan fast food, and Lebanese cuisine). Various events are also held here (from […]

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Centro Comercial El Panorama

Centro Comercial El Panorama (RN 14 e/Calle del Emperador, Antigua) – this is a strip mall with a limited number of local retailers, along with a gas station. Tourists passing through Antigua on their way to far-flung eco-tourist destinations are likely to use this place as a pit stop.

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Arkadia Shopping

Arkadia Shopping (Boulevard Los Próceres, 18 Calle 26-21, Ciudad de Guatemala) – Este es uno de los principales centros comerciales de la capital. Hay 47 minoristas (incluidos Forever 21, Quiksilver, Johnston & amp; Murphy, Aéropostale, Perry Ellis y Guess, junto con minoristas locales y regionales). También hay 20 restaurantes de comida rápida (como Tía Anne’s, […]

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The Box Lounge Groove

The Box Lounge Groove (15 calle 2-53, Zona 10, Ciudad de Guatemala) — this is a popular nightspot for electronic dance fans. In existence since 2004 (when electronic music first started getting popular in Latin America, this venue frequently books local electronic music DJs. Bajofondo bar (next door) is also worth visiting while you’re in […]

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Tabacos y Vinos

Tabacos y Vinos (5a Avenida Norte 288, Sacatepéquez, Antigua) – for those visiting the Santa Catalina arch in Antigua, wine-drinking visitors will be please to hear about this wine bar close by. This is considered one of the city’s hidden gems, since they have the best wine selection (from Spain, France, Italy, Argentina, Chile and […]