Cheap Flights to La Aurora International Airport
Whether you're heading to Guatemala City on business or for a vacation, you'll be flying into La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Flights arrive and depart 3.9 miles from the center of this capital city. After a short ride, you'll be near the business district as well as such notable sites as Zoologico Nacional La Aurora, which is a very a popular zoo. The richness of its indigenous cultures and heritage, dating from the Maya period, bring many visitors to the city. Flights to Guatemala City also give the traveler the opportunity to visit nearby charming Antigua.
Fly to La Aurora International Airport
Major carriers that service this airport include international airlines from North, Central and South America as well as several from Europe, Japan and Israel. Domestic flights to Guatemala City from Flores are scheduled on Grupo TACA and TAG. The domestic terminal is a 15-minute taxi ride from the international terminal.
La Aurora International Airport is approximately 30 minutes from downtown by bus or 10 to 15 minutes by taxi. Taxis are usually waiting outside the airport arrivals exit. An interesting note is that the fare for a waiting taxi might be $11 to Zona 1 while hailed taxis are less expensive and can cost about $8 for the same ride. Regarding local transportation, travelers are advised to use TransMetro and TransUrbano buses in lieu of the red city buses.
You can find an ATM inside the airport arrival hall as well as currency exchange desks. Banrural Bank is located in the departures hall.
Attractions in Guatemala City
History buffs will enjoy visiting Parque Arqueológico Kaminaljuyú, which is the site of the remnants of a first important Mayan city. Parque Central is often the point where travelers begin their exploration of Guatemala City. Modern art lovers will enjoy Museo Miraflores where signs are often in both English and Spanish. A good collection of Mayan artifacts can be seen at Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología as well as several stone sculpture displays. Mid-range and budget hotels are often found in Zona 1, and they're close to many attractions.
Antigua is nearby, and it offers colonial charm in its architecture and beautiful landscapes as well as a wide array of excellent restaurants. Hikers can visit the nearby volcanoes that lend enchantment to the city. Lake Atitlán is another destination that visitors can enjoy while traveling to Guatemala City. Tikal, with its impressive Mayan ruins, attracts visitors from all over the globe to Guatemala.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Guatemala City
January through April, or winter, is the recommended time to visit Guatemala City, when temperatures average about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The wet season is from May through October, and afternoon rains are prevalent. Easter is a popular time to visit as the weather is favorable, and religious processions bring color to the city.
The city has numerous diverse restaurants. Breakfast at a hotel, known for international food, might run $6 to $12. A terraced cafe might offer lunch or light fare for $4 to $7.
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