See wild animals in the city.
No really this might sound crazy, but the La Aurora Zoo near the airport in Guatemala City is one of the best zoos I have ever been to. It costs a mere $2.50 to get in and it is quite beautiful. Granted yes, the enclosures are small, which is very unfortunate, but the zoo has gone to great lengths to make the habitats aesthetically pleasing to the visitors AND accurate to the particular animals habitat. Plus, the zoo is filled with beautiful trees and other plants that make it one of the most beautiful places I have been to in this city. Truly stop there if you are in the city and don't know what to do.
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We visited Volcan Pacaya as a side trip from Antigua, but it can just as easily be visited from Guatemala City. The giant cone-shaped and very active volcano is only 18 miles from the country's capital and if you're in decent shape, it's worth climbing to the top. If you decide to visit, arrange it with a local tour company. If you try to hike it by yourself, you're taking a chance, since bandits have been known to rob and even kill tourists. Tours are fairly cheap and will include transportation and the safety of hiking in a group.
It takes about 3 hours to get to the top and will test you cardiovascularly. We had a group of about 11 people and 2 didn't make it to the top. However, if you can stick it out, the lava shooting out of the top of the cone at 8000 feet is well worth the effort! Wear a light jacket since the weather can get cold and windy at the top and bring a scarf or something to protect your face from the sulphuric fumes that you'll experience at the top.
Coming down on the lunar-like landscape is amazing!!
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