As we mentioned, last week, our introduction to Guatemala City was not kind. Our first meal sent both of us to the bathroom with terrible food poisoning. We were violently sick for a full day and slept for another day recovering.
But, after that, the City has been sensational. We are staying in the Historic District, Zone 1. This area is being revitalized and I think it will be the next hot spot for tourism.
We can see the Central Square (Plaza de la Constitución) and the giant Guatemalan flag from our apartment.
The city is packed with cathedrals and interesting old buildings and walking streets surround the Plaza de la Constitución.
A lot of women are dressed in colorful traditional Mayan dresses – not to appeal to tourists (of which we are apparently the only ones) but because that is what they wear.
And from what we can tell there is a parade almost every day.
We spent time nomading about …
Last week we were nomading about our neighboorhood which centers around Plaza de la Constitución.
Just like the Zocalo in Mexico City, Plaza de la Constitución in Guatemala City is flanked by the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Portal El Comercio (market) and in the center is a very large Guatemalan flag.
Guatemala City is a city of celebration. We have experienced four parades in our first seven days here. And maybe we missed some?
We explored the Mercado Central and underground market next to the Plaza de la Constitución. As well as the market streets adjacent to the Mercado Central, where one will encounter goats being herded down the street.
We happened upon a peaceful protest of coffee farmers who had covered the street in front of the National Congress with coffee beans. They were camping there until Congress passed a long-awaited bill to support local coffee growers. We arrived just as they passed the bill and the farmers were celebrating.
Their protest was next to a high school, and the students were helping them roast beans and do other activities.
We also explored Zone 4 which is being revitalized and gentrified. It is full of hip cafes, bars, shops, and is covered in street art. We filmed a street art video while we were there.
Also last week, we introduced our “Daily-ish Vlog” to our VIP Facebook Group. We are trying to share more of our journey in real time. The two minute-ish vlogs give a sneak peek into our day.
We were actually able to share the moment the coffee farmers found out the bill passed, some footage from one of the parades, and toasting sunset from the rooftop bar on top of our Airbnb apartment building.
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We will be nomading about …
This week we will be nomading about the city delving into its history, exploring the neighborhood, attempting to capture the Mercado Central, and take you on a food tour in the Plaza de la Constitución.
We’ll be filming the history of the city, stopping by all the major landmarks. The city has a tumultuous history and the people here want to make sure it isn’t forgotten. We’re going to do our part.
Additionally, we are going to start filming the Guatemalan food story, where we explore the history of and taste of traditional dishes.
Until next week, adventure on! ~ Way (and Kim)
Our latest video
We posted, Tenochtitlan, The Ancient Aztec Capital.
Tenochtitlan was a large Mexica city-state located under much of what is now the historic center of Mexico City. It is quite remarkable that an entire ancient Aztec city exists under the city.
The ancient city discovered when a local worker was drilling to access electricity cables.
Once found, the government had two square blocks excavated by demolishing the existing buildings. Additionally, there are places throughout the Zocalo where you can see the ruins below ground.
I was most excited to see Tenochtitlan after we decided we were headed to Mexico City. In fact, it was the very first thing we did. I was not disappointed.