Guatemala City, modern event destination

La Nueva Ciudad de Guatemala de la Asunción is the name of the Republic’s capital; a commercial, religious and cultural activity center.  This metropolis presents a view of contrast between a colonial architecture and modern buildings, important museums, and historic monuments that offer the visitor a unique experience.

Its infrastructure, touristic services, and modern shopping malls, have converted it in a regional center for congress, convention, and shopping.

General Information
Population of the Department of Guatemala 3,103,685 habitants
(INE 2010)
Territorial Extension 996 km2
Time Zone GMT -6 h (normal),
-5 h(summer)
Weather: The city of Guatemala is the coldest and highest capital in Central America, in the cold months, between November and February, the minimum temperatures can reach the 3C, and the maximum do not surpass the 14°C. Its average
temperature is of 19°C.

La Aurora International Airport, the most modern airport in Central America, operates flights that allow a wide and swift connectivity with the main cities in the world.

The road infrastructure allows the meeting tourist to move rapidly from one place to another and to enjoy complementary activities and touristic attractions such as golf courses or visits to the colonial city of La Antigua Guatemala, among others. Within the national territory, our country also counts with seaports and highways that offer the necessary infrastructure for quick mobilization of the attendants to events.

The capital offers to the convention delegates modern shopping malls and the Centro Historico with hundreds of buildings and churches.

La Zona Viva is located in the heart of the city, area with important hotels and exclusive restaurants.

The favorable weather of the country allows any type of activity or event at any time of the year.

Guatemala City is the ideal destination to carry out a meeting in Central America, with a privileged geographic location and a vast hotel offering, great infrastructure and proven experience in congress, convention and incentive trips.  Guatemala offers different hotel integrated convention centers and the COPEREX fairground compound, with up to 21,658 square meters for events in 10 different areas.

Address: 8a calle 2-33, zona 9, puerta No. 2, Guatemala.
Telephone: (502) 2222-6464


a. Convention Centers, meeting rooms and accommodation services

Category Hotel Location Rooms   Meeting rooms Maximum capacity (pax)
***** Barceló Guatemala City Guatemala 395 25 1800
***** Crowne Plaza Guatemala 198 15 600
***** Grand Tikal Futura Hotel Guatemala 205 16 5000
***** Real Intercontinental Guatemala 239 18 1200
***** Vista Real Guatemala 123 13 600
***** Viva Clarion Suites Guatemala 172 7 120
***** Westin Camino Real Guatemala 276 26 2800
**** Biltmore Express Guatemala 166 NA NA
**** Conquistador Hotel & Conference Center Guatemala 151 21 700
**** Holiday Inn Guatemala 204 7 300
**** Mercure Hotel Guatemala Casa Veranda Guatemala 99 3 100
**** Princess Reforma Guatemala 104 13 250
**** Radisson Hotel & Suits Guatemala 123 11 270
Recinto COPEREX Guatemala NA 11 4640

b. COPEREX fairground compound: Capacities


There are restaurants for all preferences and budgets in Guatemala.  You will be able to find those of international, national, french, italian, mexican, and fondue specialties.  On their trip to Guatemala the delegates and their accompanying guests will be able to enjoy the delicious gastronomical blend between spanish and guatemalan traditional cooking.

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Guatemala has large and cozy theaters such as: Centro Cultural Miguel Angel Asturias, Teatro Abril, Teatro de Bellas Artes, and Proyecto Cultural El Sitio. Besides being cultural and recreational areas, their capacity in auditorium makes them attractive for carrying out inaugurations and closing ceremonies.

Salones and Capacities
Name mts2 feet2 Capacity 9 m Stands Capacity Auditorium Type
Salón Guatemala 1099 11825 63 1190
Palacio de Exposiciones 3142 33808 182 3440
Salón 1 1604 17259 93 1720
Salón 2 1458 15688 84 1600
Salón 3 1458 15688 84 1600
Salón 3"A" 959 10319 55 1040
Salón 4 1458 15688 84 1600
Salón 5 2003 21552 116 2182
Salón 8 4266 45902 246 4648
Salón 8/9 área abierta 2166 23306 125 --
Salón 9 2045 22004 118 2228
TOTALES 21658 233040 1251 21248


The museums are educational and delightful areas in Guatemala. The delegates and their accompanying guests can visit more than 20 interesting museums, such as the Popol Vuh Museum, Archeological and Ethnological National Museum, Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress, Miraflores Museum of Kaminal Juyu, among others.  The beautiful colonial architecture of the Guatemalan museums is the perfect setting for cocktails and receptions.

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Night life

Guatemala is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Central America, which offers multiple choices of night clubs and bars, primarily located in zone 10, also referred to La Zona Viva. This zone is known for being the most important hotel and night entertainment area; where attendants will find night clubs with pop music, trova, and jazz.

Shopping and Handicrafts

The malls are an ideal area for shopping, activity that cannot be left out in the event's program. Amongst the main shopping malls of Guatemala you can find: Gran Centro Comercial Los Próceres, Galerias La Pradera, Galerías Miraflores, Centro Comercial Tikal Futura, Centro Comercial Pradera Concepcion, Unicentro, Oakland Mall, and Eskala.  In these shopping centers you may find department stores, prestigious boutiques, movie theaters, restaurants, and much more.

Handicrafts are a delicate expression of the Guatemalan culture.  Visitors will find a wide variety of beautifully made handicrafts from every region of the country.    The Central Market of Guatemala City, the Handicraft Market located close to the Aurora International Airport, and the handicraft Market of Antigua Guatemala offer a wide selection of products and handicrafts.


La Antigua Guatemala, Cultural Heritage of Humanity Site

It is the third established capital by the Spanish after the flooding of the Valle de Almolonga on September 11th, 1541.  It was founded on 1543 and named Ciudad de Santiago de Los Caballeros de Guatemala in 1566. After the plagues, earthquakes, and floodings, the telluric movement of 1773 ended up destroying it.

In order to create a new capital, the inhabitants gradually gave life again to the city that today is one of the biggest touristic attractions of Guatemala, due to its colonial architecture.  It is an urbanism and colonial architecture jewel that preserves its features as if time had stood still. It was declared "Cultural Heritage of Humanity Site" by UNESCO in 1979, because of its immense cultural and historical value.

It is located 45 minutes away from the Capital of Guatemala and has a large quantity of historical buildings, churches, temples, museums, and public squares that annually attract thousands of tourists annually. During their stay, visitors are taken back to the past while walking on its cobblestone streets and admiring its colonial architecture.

Antigua Guatemala: Capital of Sacatepequez
Population (Sacatepequez): 310,037 inhabitants (INE 2010)
Location: 90 Km from the capital city
Territorial Extension: (Sacatepéquez) 465 Km2
Weather: Average temperature 23°C

This picturesque and enchanting city offers a wide range of national chain hotels, charming boutique hotels and a splendid hotel-museum.  Some of the many activities that are constantly carried out by the attendants to congresses, conventions, and incentive trips are: visiting monuments and churches, listening to stories and legends, tasting the rich gastronomy from Antigua, and participating to the Pacaya Volcano and coffee plantations.

As the most important colonial architecture monument of America, La Antigua Guatemala offers all the services required for events.  Museums, handcraft markets, golf courses, cozy restaurants and coffee shops, are just some of the areas available for meetings.

a. Convention centers, even lounges and lodging service

b. Theaters

Proyecto Cultural El Sitio, is the main theater of La Antigua Guatemala. With more than 15 years of experience, it has earned the respect and trust of Guatemalan and foreign public which lives in Antigua, and of important national and international institutions.  It is available for the artists and educational community, offering a regular program of at least 40 monthly activities.

c. Museums

The museums of Antigua Guatemala are silent witnesses of the city's history and tell it through a combination of art and beautiful baroque architecture. Some of the museums are: Museo del Arte Colonial (Colonial Art Museum), Museo de Capuchinas (Capuchinas Museum) and Museo del Jade (Jade Museum)

d. Restaurants

La Antigua Guatemala offers a varied gastronomic experience in its restaurants, which vary from regional traditional cooking to belgian, cuban, italian, oriental, vegetarian, national and international cooking.  As a complement it is tradition to listen to the harmonious chords of the marimba.  Its bars are fun and have an excellent atmosphere, ideal for relaxing and having a good time after attending meetings and conferences.

e. Night life

La Antigua Guatemala comes to life at night offering great entertainment to those who visit.  Its night clubs are the perfect getaway to relax and have a pleasant moment, in its bohemian and trova bars. If attendees want to dance, Antigua is the right place, in its night clubs they can enjoy diverse latin rhythms, and take salsa lessons.

Casa Santo Domingo 128 15 800
Filadelfia Resort 20 7 100
La Reunion Golf Resort 58 1 150
Porta Hotel  Antigua 110 7 350
Camino Real Antigua 100 7 322
Soleil La Antigua 180 7 500

Peten, Heart of the Mayan World

Petén is considered the birthplace of the great Mayan culture.  Its archeological treasures, such as Tikal, Rio Azul, Mundo Perdido, Uaxactun, Piedras Negras, Yaxchilan, El Naranjo, Ceibal, and many others, have made of it one of the most interesting centers of tourism.  It is the biggest department of Guatemala and has several protected areas, such as the biosphere reserve, with more than a million hectares of semitropical rainforest.  Without a doubt, its natural beauty is an important introduction letter of the immense Peten region.

Petén has great archeological treasures that attract both, the national and foreign tourists.  The most important cities of the Mayas, such as El Mirador, Tintal, and Tikal are in this department.

It also offers unparalleled and countless natural beauties, such as the Jobtzinai caves, as well as Naj Tunich, the cave which ignited archeologists' interests in Mayan caves. Petén Itza Lake, the Yaxha and Sacnab lagoons, are stunning natural resources. Another georgeous sight is that of its crystal-clear rivers which run through the virgin jungle, as it does in Mirador Basing.

Flores: Capital of Péten Peten
Population: 613,693 (INE 2010)
Territorial Extension: 35,854 Km2
Weather: Tropical-warm, Maximum temperature 31°C and minimum 20°C (Flores)

Mundo Maya International Airport is located in Flores City, Petén. It is the second largest airport, for both flight traffic and number of passengers.

The delegates and their accompanying guests will be able to enjoy beautiful and mystic landscapes in this department.

b. Restaurants

Flores has numerous restaurants for all preferences and budgets. Attendees will be able to choose among local, Italian, or fast food restaurants.  The local specialties are tepezcuintle (wild rabbit size rodent), deer, wild turkey, and white fish. Many restaurants have ocean view terraces, where the sunset can be seen while having a cocktail.  Most of the restaurants are along the 30 de Junio, Union and 30 de Septiembre Streets.

c. Night life

Attendees can enjoy the Night life of Peten mainly in two night clubs.  In one of them you will find reggaeton music, and in the other one diverse music, where you will be able to have a taste of Mexican food.

a. Lodging services and event lounges

5 stars Hotel Camino Real Tikal

4 stars Petén Espléndido
3 stars La Casona de la Isla
3 stars Hotel Villa Maya
3 stars Hotel Maya Intercontinental
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