Guatemala's current capital was founded by decree of King Carlos III of Spain in 1775. Today, Guatemala City is the largest metropolitan area in Central America. Among its charms: luxurious hotels, innovative restaurants, and vibrant nightlife.
The city is organized into 21 zones, beginning with the Zone 1 historic district. This the location of the city's most significant historic buildings, including the National Palace of Culture, the National Post Office, and the 18th century cathedral.
Three miles west of the city center, in Zone 7, the Kaminaljuyu Archeological Park protects over 200 platforms and earthen mounds—the remnants of an enormous Pre-Classic Maya city that once covered a third of the valley. A few of the mounds have been excavated to reveal a ball court and adobe pyramids dating to the 5th century. Many of the artifacts unearthed at Kaminaljuyu are housed in Zone 11's excellent Miraflores Museum. Other fine museums are found in Zone 10, including the Museo Popol Vuh and Museo Ixchel, which display Guatemalan textiles, pottery and masks.
La Aurora International Airport, located in Zone 13, receives international flights from across Central America and North America. Guatemala City's climate is fairly constant, with average highs in the mid-90s and lows near 70. Precipitation is light from November to May. Occasional showers occur from June to October, when temperatures are also slightly cooler.
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