Relief Map, Guatemala City

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. Using our custom trip planner, Guatemala City attractions like Relief Map can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This unique relief map was made before we had technology to see the country by air. It was made by two engineers that measure the country by land. It is amazing. All the lakes, volcanoes, cities , tow...  more »
  • Very cool unique and really demonstrated the actual terrain and after climbibng a few volcanoes there hen one sees how steep they really are and now insignificant we are. I havent been in years but I ...  more »
  • This is one of the oldest attractions and still amazing. When you think about how this map was made without modern GPS and satellite technology it really is amazing. I had already traveled parts of Gu...  more »
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