14 Street 3-08 Zona 10
Guatemala City, 01010
Phone: (502) 24 213333
Fax: (502) 23 635766
This avenue runs from Calle 1 up to Calle 20 along the boundary of Zones 9 and 10. It was built and opened in 1897, during the government of Jose Maria Reyna Barrios, who wanted to copy Champs Elysees in Paris. The boulevard was known as Boulevard 30 de Junio in commemoration of the liberal victory of 1871. It changed names from Boulevard La Reforma to Paseo de la Reforma, and finally to Avenida La Reforma in commemoration of Justo Rufino Barrios, known as "The Reformer." Adorned with many monuments, this avenue is considered part of the national heritage due to its artistic and historical value. There are many modern buildings on both sides of the avenue. This avenue starts at Plaza Obelisco, where a torch, constantly lit, symbolizes the freedom of Guatemala.
This church offers evangelical services in English on Sundays at 8:15a and 11a. It also has a bookstore where you can find books and magazines in English for one quetzal. The church's administrative office is open Monday to Friday from 8a to 4p. Reverend W. Karl Smith is in charge of the services.
This public monument was erected by Hersler in 1910. The bronze statues are part of a group of works in commemoration of José María Reyna Barrios, who designed the Avenida La Reforma. The monument consists of a bronze bull with its head up, a second bull in an attacking position, a stag stepping on a branch, a lion overpowering a lizard, two wild boars fighting and a jaguar. This monument was commissioned by President Manuel Estrada Cabrera.
This was one of the first temples erected in the new valley of Guatemala. It was moved to the new city in 1776. In the high altar there is a statue of the Virgen de la Concepcion in the Baroque style from the 18th century, and an image of Jesus of Nazareth from 1716. It belongs to the Franciscan order. Destroyed during the earthquakes of 1917-1918, it was rebuilt in 1927 and since 1971 it has been directed by Father Guillermo Flores y Flores. The facade was damaged by the 1976 earthquake, and in 1985 the restoration work, conducted by the current priest, was finished. It includes a bookstore, called San Antonio Magno, where you can get books, bibles, rosaries, images, pictures, chains, cards and school items. It is open from Tuesday to Friday between 8a and 5p. Confessions take place half an hour before each mass service which are celebrated from Monday to Friday at 12:15p, from Tuesday to Saturday at 5p, and Sundays at 7a, 9a, 10:30a, 12:15p, and 6p.
This large monument is located in the central flowerbed of the boulevard. The clock lies on the ground with a moderate inclination to allow you to read the hands of the clock which tell you the time. It is an interesting mix of the beauty of nature with the mechanics of the clock. The clock face itself is completely covered in flowers and plants and colorful flowers frame the monument.
This monument shows an equestrian statue of General Reyna Barrios dressed in a military uniform and looking towards the city. It is a tribute to this president, who ordered the construction of many architectural works in the neoclassical French style, including the Paseo de la Reforma, known today as the Avenida La Reforma. The monument was erected in 1905 by Hersler.
In Colonial times San José was the headquarters of the city's association of carpenters. It was inaugurated in 1783, but due to the earthquakes of 1917, 1918 and 1976 the building collapsed and after the last earthquake it was finally rebuilt. The pictures it has today are the original ones it contained.
This mosque opened approximately 4 years ago. Its leader, Mr. Mohamed, offers introductory chats on Islam by appointment. Special celebrations take place on Muslim sacred feast days. The mosque also has a library and holds religious services five times a day every day of the week.
A colorful maze of textiles, jewelry, bags, belts, toys, shoes, clothing, souvenirs, machetes, carvings, musical instruments, and, well, que busca?—"what are you looking for?"—surrounds a central fountain in the Mercado de Artesanias. Near the bus terminal, expect to find all the gifts you could want to carry home, all the accessories you could want to wear, and a tough crowd of vendors to bargain down to market price. Well worth visiting for the experience, it's advisable to arrive with a good idea of the local value for the items you actually want.
Inaugurated in 1925, the zoo is mostly visited by Guatemalan families on weekends, when it gets really busy, and by school groups during the week. It has a wide variety of animals from Guatemala and other parts of the world. Its facilities have been recently refurbished. Animals are placed in cages which resemble their natural habitats, and there are many information boards. A tour around the zoo can take from a half to a full day. Food, sweets and drinks are available from stands at the entrance and around the park. There are also recreation areas for children and benches strategically placed for adults needing a rest. If you want to take a souvenir with you, there are many photographers waiting to take your picture.
This avenue runs from Calle Primera to Calle Viente along the boundary of Zones 13 and 14. Due to its high artistic and historical value it is regarded as part of the National Heritage of Guatemala. This avenue pays tribute to every country on the American continent with metal badges in wrought iron frames on every corner. There are also many squares with sculptures representing important personalities from the sponsoring country. Among them are the monuments to Simon Bolivar, Cristobal Colon, Reyna Barrios and Juan Pablo II. At weekends, between 10a and 5p, Guatemalan families visit the avenue, transforming it into an amusement center for children where you can buy food and sweets as well as have horse, mule and goat rides.
This market consists of approximately 35 stands where you can buy a wide range of Guatemalan handicrafts, including textiles, ceramics and jewellery. Products are made of wood, leather and natural fibres. Also try ice creams, sweets and traditional dishes. The market constitutes a colourful and pleasant preview of what you can obtain in the rest of the country, especially in the towns of the Altiplano. The market opened to the public in 1974, with hopes of preserving and promoting the traditional craft industry. The recently refurbished facility now has a pleasant garden, fountains and corridors, and a restaurant (open: 11a-11p M-Th, 11a-midnight F-Sa, 11a-9p Sun). Admission to the market is free. Parking facilities are available.