Smack in what is considered to be the bellybutton of Guatemala City lies its central plaza: a massive slab of concrete flanked by the National Palace to the north, the Cathedral of Guatemala City to the east, El Portal de Comercio to the south, and Parque Centenario and the National Library to the west. While the plaza in itself has been the main stage for great historic events such as the Guatemalan declaration of independence and the massive protests against government corruption in 2015, it normally serves as a hub for pigeons, loiterers, and people trying to sell you stuff you don’t really want/need. It’s great.
Guatemala city’s main square. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite