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Relief Map, Guatemala City

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Witness a remarkable feat of topographical study at Relief Map, a 167 sq m (1,800 sq ft) three-dimensional cement map that accurately reflects Guatemala's geography. After a period of roaming the country with only a donkey and some measuring implements, Francisco Vela created the original map from 1904-05. Remarkable for being almost perfectly to scale, it includes elements of the landscape such as volcanoes, roads, ports, mountains, towns, and rivers--one of which even has running water. The map has been steadily updated over recent years to reflect developments. Ascend one of two observation towers to get a bird's-eye view of this Central American nation. Arrange your visit to Relief Map and discover more family-friendly attractions in Guatemala City using our Guatemala City trip generator.
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  • The relief map is a true work of art that is now much better cared for than a few years ago. This incredible work by attention to detail and preparation to scale in an era that did not exist greater technological support gives us a view of "bird" of Guatemala, its mountains, valleys, bodies of water, volcanoes... addition to the viewpoints are of age, and one feels transported back.
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  • Unique map in the middle of Guatemala City, incredible place to visit and a singular type of landmark you will not find anywhere else, really unique in the world. Highly recommended for all locals and...  more »
  • Unless you're a part of a tour, this won't take much time. It's impressive, and any fans of topography will get a huge kick out of this relief map. If seen my fill after 10 minutes, then walked around...  more »
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  • The map very nice to see. It's gives a nice, new perspective, in my case, after travelling around the country a bit, but it would be nice to see it before starting a trip too! The 25q entrance for foreigners, I think, is a bit much, but there are bathrooms with paper and the staff was nice. There was kind of a mini info museum, but some of the info was blocked by some set aside tables and chairs. Also the walk from the centre on the sixth avenue (right? Not street?) is simple and considered safe.
  • Amazing engineering and a one of a kind look at an incredible country
  • Cool place to visit during weekends or during a free day during the week. Nice walking area on the surroundings, ideal for a nice stroll within the city.
  • Very impressive map of Guatemala
  • Simple Relief map, nothing special. Low maintenance.

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