Some of the better taxi services are provided by Taxis Amarillo or Yellow Cabs, you must call ahead or book online with a service like Shuttles.com. You cannot catch one by hailing a taxi.
The most common way to travel is by bus. The green Volvo buses that run through the city are Transmetro; they have dedicated lanes. They stop at certain stations which are guarded by police and drivers do not carry money. The blue and white buses are Trans urbano; these drivers don’t carry money either and fare is paid by prepaid SIGA cards. The cards must be purchased at designated customer service centers. The regular red city buses run all over the city on fixed routes and basically stop where ever a passenger request.
About Guatemala City Airport
In terms of passengers GUA is the fourth largest airport in Central America. Guatemala City itself is the capital of the Republic of Guatemala. It has the largest population in Central America. All of Guatemala is heavily influenced by its Mayan history as well as its Spanish influences.
Things to do in Guatemala City
The city is characterized by zones. There are 21 zones; in zone 1 you can find many historical sites in this zone including the national and presidential palace; the cathedral, the Central Market and main plaza. On Sunday’s people stroll the Plaza Mayor (main plaza) to enjoy music, arts, and food. Before you leave don’t forget to visit the Duty Free shop in GUA nearest Gate 11 for Ron Zacapa run which will run about $45 for a full liter. It’s cheaper here than at most grocery store and cheaper than the other Duty Free shop at the airport.
Guatemala City Restaurants
Guatemala has many national fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Taco Bell. Fast food restaurants are mostly visited by middle class Guatemalans. You can find many street food vendors that sell Atol de Elote (drink that is made from corn), Gauchitos (pattie and egg on a bun), Pepitoria & Limon (Pepitoria is roasted crushed pumpkin seeds), you can get sliced fruits topped with pepitoria, salt, and lemon. Shucos are popular also (a hot dog topped with guacamole and longaniza, chorizo or bacon).
Hotels near GUA
Guatemala City has many national hotel chains like the Holiday Inn, Best Western, and the Crowne Plaza (rates start at $95 per night). The Real InterContinental has 3 restaurants, Jacuzzi, a spa, and a gym. The hotel rates start at $100 per night. If you are looking for a budget friendly hotel the GuateFriends Bed & Breakfast has rates starting at $18 per person. They offer an affordable breakfast and international food preparations. GuateFriends is also one minute from the airport.
GUA Contact Information
La Aurora International Airport
9 Av 14-75, Zona 13
Guatemala 01013, Guatemala
Airport Code: GUA