An important modern regional center for finance and politics, Guatemala City called as ‘Guate’ by the locals is a very interesting tourist destination. Home to over 3 million people, Guatemala City is also the national capital and the largest urban settlement within the Central American country of Guatemala. Sprawled around a mountain valley located in the south central region of the country, Guatemala City also serves as the main port of entry. Featuring a large and wide variety of museums, theaters, restaurants, hotels, shops alongside a modern local transportation system, the high altitude enables this city enjoy a sub-tropical highland climate.
Subdivided into 22 zones, Guatemala City with 10 universities and several schools is the most important educational centre in the country. Close to four volcanoes of which two are alive, Guatemala City is vigorously expanding towards its limits at the edges of steep valleys which are drastically prone and affected by mudslides during rains.