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CONCIERGE GUIDE

Dulce Howard

Concierge 502241344444570

Welcome To Guatemala City

Welcome to Real InterContinental Guatemala. Our Concierge team is committed to do our best to help you get the most out of your stay with us. It is our pleasure to help you enjoy a memorable trip.

Welcome to Real InterContinental Guatemala. Our Concierge team is committed to do our best to help you get the most out of your stay with us. It is our pleasure to help you enjoy a memorable trip.

LOCAL ESSENTIALS

LOCAL
RECOMMENDATIONS

THE PERFECT DAY

MORNING

Begin your morning with a delicious cup of Guatemalan coffee, made with fresh beans from the Highlands. You can then see this extraordinary city on a private guided tour that will take you to Guatemala's most famous spots. Enjoy the splendour of the Mercado Central and Mercado de Artesanias and then take in the treasures of the Art Museum, the Natural History Museum and Anthropology Museum. Here you receive a stunning visual education in Mayan Culture through an array of local artwork and sculpture, do not forget to visit our great National Palace of the Culture and the beautiful National Cathedral, both of them in the Plaza Mayor.

AFTERNOON

Antigua Guatemala is the perfect place to visit for the afternoon. On the journey there from Guatemala City, feast your eyes on the wildlife and beautifully textured landscapes along the way. Antigua Guatemala is an extraordinarily preserved Spanish colonial town. When you arrive, you'd be forgiven for thinking that time had stopped about 300 years ago. Set between three awesome volcanoes, you can take your pick of the stunning array of convents, monasteries and cathedrals to see. You could spend an eternity here and not get bored, but if you want to stop for a moment and take it all in, with a cup of atol de elote, a popular local hot drink made of corn. Let us arrange a great tour to Antigua's most interesting places, going out from the hotel during the morning, coming banck in the afternoon.

EVENING

It should be the perfect time to eat when you arrive back in Guatemala City so head to a delightful dinner at El Portal del Angel (next to El Mirador). The view from this restaurant is just breathtaking, so try and get here before sunset so you can catch it in all its glory. Dine on the best steak in the city, with a fine red wine, whilst enjoying a panoramic view of Guatemala City. Then, when you leave, you can see the poignant Mayan ruins of El Mirador framed by the deep night sky.

INSIDER TIPS

LOCAL CULTURE

ARCHAEOLOGY

One of Guatemala's most mystical features is its archaeological heritage, the heart of the Maya World. There are countless sites throughout the country that represent the prehispanic Maya Civilization. The signature site is majestic Tikal and Yaxha with its main walk ways and beautiful lagoon; El Mirador, the largest pyramid by volume in the world; Takalik Abaj with the terraces rising 1500 meters from the Pacific and spanning the Olmec to the Maya Civilizations. As archaeologists learn more about the way the Maya lived in harmony with nature and on a sustainable basis, sites like El Pilar, by the Beliza border, recreate a Maya forest garden. It is no coincidence that the newly renamed Peten airport is now the Mundo Maya Airport and that Guatemala is more and more validating her claim as the hearth of the Maya World. The names roll off the tongue: Topoxte, Nakum, Cancuen, Kaminal Juyu, Quirigua, Uaxactun and Iximche, the ancient Kaqchiquel capital.


Buses or camionetas

Public buses in Guatemala are named ;camionetas;. They cost Q1.00 (Quetzal), which is about USD0.25. The service is available from 05:00 to 21:00 hours.


CULTURE

Guatemalan natives do not like to be called Indians. Guatemalan peaple is very friendly.


LIVING CULTURES

If there is a single feature that makes Guatemala unique, it is the living indigenous culture which envelops daily life, specially in the highlands. Color, traditions, language, ritual and custom dominate in almost half the country as Guatemala's 23 ethnic groups proudly cling to their ancestral ways, differentiating their hometown by wearing their distinctive hand woven attire. "Vibrant", "kaleidoscopic", and above all "authentic" are adjectives that stand out when describing highland life. Saints' names superimposed on traditional indigenous names dominate the country`s geographical atlas: San Francisco Panajachel, Santiago Atitlan, San Pedro Carcha and San Jose Poaquil join tongue-twisting Chichicastenango and illustrating the blendings of venerable indigenous with more modern Christian traditions.


WEATHER

There is a rainy season in Guatemala between May and October.


DID YOU KNOW ?

About Guatemala

Altitude: 1.499 metros. Latitude: 14º 37' 15" N Longitude: 90º 31' 36" O 3,942,348 hab. Population: 3,942,348 hab Extension: 228 Km2 Weather: Tempering


Guatemala's Volcanoes

There is an active volcano in Guatemala called Pacaya and you can climb it to watch the lava. It's good to see it during the day, but for a truly extraordinary experience, take a trip to watch it at night. If you want to take the adventure ask to the Concierge


Kite Flying

In October many kite enthusiasts descend on Guatemala to take part in the competitions at Sumpango. Some kites can be as large as five metres. If you are interested, contact the concierge.


Nature - Parks and Reserves

Guatemala is host to one of the richest biological treasures in the world, the habitat for 10% of all species registered on the planet. This encompasses 19 ecosystems, 300 microclimates and 33 volcanoes, five of which are active. Travelers can go from cloud forest to a black sand beach on the Pacific Coast in just a few minutes. There are 93 protected areas and 25 classified as special protected areas, which range from mangroves on both coasts to mountain cloud forests. They all add up to 1.4 million hectares in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, one of the most important ecologically in this hemisphere.


Roads

Avenues run south to north while calles or streets run west to east.


WHAT TO PACK

Departure Tax

Don't forget to keep Q.20.00 or $3.00 for your trip home, as there is a departure tax payable at the airport, on the first floor, at Banco de la Republica.


Spelinking (Caving)

Exploring and studying caves can be as exciting and adventurous as any experience can get in nature. A weekend or even a single day in a cave can transport you to another world as remote as the ocean bottom or even the surface of another planet. For the Maya, caves were the sacred entrance to the underworld. As a result of many porous limestone deposits, Guatemala is honeycombed with caves of every conceivable size, shape, length or depth. These caves can be visited by walking, swimming, boating or rappelling. The Verapaces boast the Candelaria, the Rey Marcos and Lankin Caves, and Peten is home to Actun Kan (Cave of the Serpent's Mouth), just minutes outside Flores, and many others throughout the country.


InterContinental Real Guatemala

  • 14 Calle 2-51, Zona 10
  • Guatemala City , 01010
  • Guatemala
  • Front Desk +50-2-24134444

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Languages spoken by staff

English, Spanish, French

Pet Policy

Service Animals Allowed. Please arrange your arrival with our clerk concierge.
  • Local Time

    9:05 PM
    • CHECK-IN

      3:00 PM
    • CHECK-OUT

      12:00 PM Late Check out Available

    Currency

    • US Dollar $ (USD)

    Accessibility

    • Service animals allowed
    • 4 Room(s) with Accessibility Standards
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