Delve into local history at a museum
Find out more about the indigenous Mayan culture of Guatemala at the Museo Popol Vuh, named after the sacred book of the Maya, or learn about the colourful textiles worn by locals at the Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena. Another good choice is the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
Visit an art gallery
The art scene in Guatemala has been going from strength to strength, and there are some great galleries to visit. From contemporary galleries such as the 9.99 and Proyectos Ultravioleta to cultural spaces such as La Erre and Proyectos Poporopo, there are lots of great places where you can happily while away a few hours.
Pick up some souvenirs at the market
Duck into the Mercado Central in Zone 1 to avoid the rain and you’ll be greeted by a riot of noise and colour. It’s a great place to go food shopping, pick up a snap from one of the stalls or get some souvenirs for family and friends.
Go for a drink at El Portal
Che Guevara reportedly used to drink here during his time in Guatemala City, and little has changed since. The decor remains the same, and the staff wear traditional whites. Sit down and order a beer and you’ll get free snacks at the same time. There are lots of screens around, too, so it’s a great place to spend a few hours if you’re into sports.
Shoot some pool
Spend a few hours playing pool and having a few beers until the rain stops. There is a pool table at KARMA Bar in Zone 4, or at the Metrobowl bowling alley in Zone 15. You can also have a game of bowling here if the downpour doesn’t stop.