Parque Central, Antigua Guatemala - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Parque Central

For centuries the park served as a focal point for the colonial city, bustling with activity, the gathering place for public floggings, parades and bullfights. Today it is a shady, peaceful place during the week, lined with villagers selling their handicrafts, but it comes alive every Sunday for the busy market day. It is surrounded by imposing structures, including the Cathedral, whose façade is all that remains of the original structure after numerous earthquakes. The Palace of the Captains General and the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) face each other across the square.

The official language is Spanish but English is understood in hotels and tourist destinations. Many indigenous languages are also spoken.

The official currency is the Quetzal (GTQ) divided into 100 centavos. In 2001 the US Dollar became the second official currency alongside the Quetzal and both are accepted. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are accepted, though some more than others. It is recommended to take travellers cheques in US dollars. Cash exchange is easier, but more risky. Visitors are not advised to exchange money at the informal booths on the street. There are ATMs in the towns and cities, which accept American Express and Visa. MasterCard and Diners Club have a more limited acceptance.

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