The largest city in Central America, Guatemala City is the powerhouse for politics, wealth, industry and commerce. Important long before the Spanish capital was transplanted here in 1776 from Antigua, it occupies a large upland basin, surrounded by low hills and volcanic cones, and enjoys a lovely climate. Few travellers detain themselves here for long - most are here only for a stopover because of an early flight, or are visiting on business - but it possesses intensity and vibrancy, and the museums and cathedral are worth seeing. Recent initiatives to restore the remnants of the centro historico are to be welcomed.
Piedraluna is well located for exploring and provides a calm base in the uptown district.