14 Street 3-08 Zona 10
Guatemala City, 01010
Phone: (502) 24 213333
Fax: (502) 23 635766
14 Street 3-08 Zona 10, Guatemala City, GT, 01010
- Phone: (502) 24 213333
- Fax: (502) 23 635766
This museum specializes in the collection, preservation, research, promotion and compilation of documentation of Mayan textiles in Guatemala. The exhibition consists of an extensive collection of textiles from over 140 communities produced in different periods. It also offers two permanent exhibitions: watercolors by Carmen L. Pettersen depicting the Mayan costumes, and paintings by Andres Curruchich showing the daily customs of the Kaqchikel Mayan community. Its facilities include a cafeteria, an art gallery offering handicrafts and paintings, a bookstore and a shop selling textiles, lamps, jewelry, pictures, mirrors, wooden furniture and other handicrafts. There is even a library specialized in Mayan textiles and related subjects, which is open Monday to Friday from 1p to 4.50p and Saturdays from 9a to 12.50p. There is an area for children, the Museo de la Niñez y de la Juventud (Museum of Children and Young People), with interactive activities related to textiles such as painting, embroidering and weaving on wooden looms, using natural inks. The museum offers guided tours and audiovisuals in English and Spanish on Guatemala's Mayan Costumes, Mayan celebrations and the Atitlan Lake's Heritage.
This museum displays a collection of highly artistic, historical and scientific value, that includes archeological objects from Central America and colonial art. It shows the development of Guatemalan culture throughout the years. It offers special guided tours for children and a workshop of colonial silverware for youngsters. The shop, located in the reception area, stocks books, magazines, posters, calendars and paintings, all related to the Mayan culture from the pre-Hispanic and colonial period. They also stock folk, marimba and classical music CDs, as well as videos and maps of Guatemala. Admission: adults GTQ20; children from 2 to 12 years old, GTQ6 and students with identification, GTQ8. To take pictures (without flash) or videos, you are required to pay GTQ15 and GTQ25 respectively.
Located within the facilities of La Aurora zoological gardens, it is directed by the Centro de Conservacion para la Biodiversidad de Guatemala (CCBG, or Institute for the Preservation of the Biodiversity of Guatemala). The library offers advice and informal educational services to children and young people on all subjects related to ecology, animals, environment, natural resources and history. It also offers a children's books and magazines section. BAN's educational program consists of chats for children aimed at developing their interest in reading. There are also courses for children between the ages of two and twelve, as well as talks by organized groups.
Its main objective is to support formal education within a fun environment. The idea is that children learn through interactive games. Customer service is excellent and the attendants provide information for visitors in each room. The museum has been recently inaugurated and it is sponsored by many companies. The museum is for children over five and it has a capacity for 240 people. The museum also includes a chain restaurant very popular in Guatemala: Pollo Campero. In the future, it will also include a shop specialized in educational material and stimulating toys for children.
The equestrian federation has several tracks and horse care services. It organizes national and international competitions and sanctions the competitions organized by private schools. Classes are taught at the federation's tracks, but the cost depends on the instructor and the horse's owner.
A park managed by the environmental NGO FUNDAECO. It is part of a larger project aiming at preserving the city's gorges by using them as parks and nature preserves. It has three trails which can be walked in a half, one and two hours respectively. The trails are also used as cross country training and competition facilities by national and international athletes. The park has a small soccer field, children's games and track and field facilities for javelin, shot-put and hammer throwing. Admission fee is six quetzals which includes the right to use the parking lot.
This museum is mostly aimed at children. It consists of three wagons able to fit in 100 children per hour. It is a mainly interactive museum, where children can use, touch and learn from the different objects exhibited. One of the most popular experiments is the microperimeter, which allows children meassure the electricity in their bodies. Two of the wagons offer experiments on physics and optics, astronomical pictures and fossils. The third wagon offers the projection of educational videos on subjects such as the human body, electricity, dinosaurs and more. Outside the wagons there are parking facilities and food stalls.
Exclusive and luxurious golf, squash and tennis club. It is located on the grounds occupied by the Compañía de Jesús monastery around 1760. The club house itself is the restored building of the ancient monastery which adds a historical significance to the elegance and comfort of the facilities. All around the place there are signs of its colonial past including some of the original rooms, furniture, machinery and artifacts. There is a chapel for religious services, an elegant hall for private parties and an open-air area for outdoors events. The club has an indoor swimming pool which has been rated as one of America's best due to its design, which integrates the pool and elements of colonial architecture. There are two elegant restaurants, two cafeterias and a snack shop. The 18-hole golf course has been certified by the PGA and there is a small golf shop. The tennis area includes 16 courts in excellent conditions. There is also a small gym and several table tennis tables. Children can enjoy a games area and an activity room. Only members and their guests are allowed.
Ever roast marshmallows over a red-hot current of lava? Try out this improbable activity at the summit of Pacaya, one of Guatemala's active volcanoes and the most frequently climbed around Antigua. Guides lead groups of around 25 people to the top every morning and evening—a hike that takes three to four hours in total, as compared to the overnight stays required to climb most of the volcanoes. Despite this accessibility, Pacaya is a real hike: be prepared with good shoes, water, warm clothes to combat the continuously violent winds, and a flashlight for the harrowing nighttime descent from afternoon climbs. The highlight of these evenings is nightfall at the summit, as the streams and pockets of lava gain brilliance in contrast to the darkness. The trip takes about seven hours from Antigua, start to finish.