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Relief Map, Guatemala City

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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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  • This is definitely one of the highlights in the city. Mind boggling it was done in the early 1900's to scale without the benefit of modern equipment. 
  • Interesting to see but that's all there is in the area. The place is dirty and tourists get hassled by sellers of a lot of stuff. If you happen to be near, check it out. Otherwise I would not recommen...  more »
  • Un poco alejado del centro, este mapa en relieve del país te permite darle un vistazo a los lugares que visitaste anteriormente en tu viaje a Guatemala. Sí estás apretado de tiempo, lo puedes saltar. 
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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.
  • Simple Relief map, nothing special. Low maintenance.
  • a great work of art charm me a great experience and hope to go as I loved your story
  • This 3D map of Guatemala is impressive. Hope they can find the funds to add the water back to the map someday soon.
  • Very Nice Park, beautifully designed