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 map was built at the beginning of the 20th century. It shows all the geographical features of Guatemala at exact scale. It was made by engineers from the army. Is an incredible place.  more »
  • A model in relief and scaling built at the beginning of the twentieth century. It's surprising and very interesting; This allows e view the country and geography. It deserves to be better maintained and better "sold"; Why other countries aren't the same thing? the concept is really nice
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  • This is a unique little stop in Guatemala city. It shows all the hills, mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and coastline of the country. You can see the results of the counties formation thousands of y...  more »
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  • Cute little park with a map of every volcano, lake, and mountain range in our little country. Worth a watch. There's a nearby park, perfect for quiet strolls or hanging out at the playground.
  • A view of the map of republic of Guatemala, details of geografic of costal lines, mountains, cities and boundaries at scale in relief. Interesting and educational.
  • 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.
  • Awesome a really nice place
  • Quite a unique attraction. Worth the visit.

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