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Guatemala City Sinkhole

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Guatemala City

This little wonder turned up last year in Guatemala in the wake of a tropical storm and has been growing ever since, feeding on every building in its grasp; even shoveling in rocks and miscellaneous debris has failed to plug up the swelling problem. A sinkhole is said to occur when soil layers beneath the top layer become too damp to support the inundating weight above and ultimately give way. The result is a hole that resembles a bottomless pit that leads straight to Hell, or at the very least, the resting place of some giant alien pod a la H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.

Guatemala City (in full, La Nueva Guatemala de la Asuncion; locally known as Guatemala or Guate), is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Guatemala and Central America. It is also the capital city of the local Municipio de Guatemala, and Guatemala Department.

Places of interest by zones

Guatemala City is subdivided into 22 zones designed by the urban engineering of Raúl Aguilar Batres, each one with its own streets and avenues, making it very easy to find addresses in the city. Zones are numbered 1-25 with Zones 20, 22 and 23 not yet existing.

Zone 1

  • Museos de Guatemala 
  • Centro Historico 
  • National Palace of Culture
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Mercado Central (central market)
  • Biblioteca Nacional (national library)
  • Teatro Abril 
  • Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias
  • Hogar Rafael Ayau Orthodox Orphanage 

Zone 2

  • Mapa en Relieve (giant map of Guatemala, unique in the world) and surrounding parks 

Zone 3

  • General Cemetery
  • Safe Passage/Camino Seguro - a nonprofit that educates the children from Zone 3

Zone 4

  • Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias
  • Cuatro Grados Norte revitalized pedestrian area and cultural district
  • Visa Immigration Office for all foreigners

Zone 5

  • Estadio Mateo Flores

Zone 9

  • Torre del Reformador (Tower of the Reformer).
  • Parque de la Industria, fairgrounds 
  • Avenida Reforma and El Obelisco, a parklike boulevard

Zone 10

  • Museo Ixchel del Traje Indígena (Mayan dress museum) 
  • Museo Popol Vuh
  • Zona Viva entertainment district
  • Botanical garden 
  • Plaza Fontabella
  • Oakland Mall

Zone 11

  • Kaminaljuyu, Museo Miraflores , Miraflores one of the biggest malls in the city and Central America.

Zone 13

  • Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología 
  • Museo de Arte Moderno (Art Museum)
  • Museo de los Niños (Children's Museum)
  • Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (Natural History Museum)
  • La Aurora Zoo 
  • La Aurora International Airport
  • Avenida de las Americas
  • Domo Polideportivo Indoor Sports Stadium
  • Mercado de Artesanías, Artscrafts and handicrafts Market
  • Reloj de Flores (Landsaped Floral Clock)
  • Antiguo Aqueducto (Remains of the Historical Aqueduct)
  • Justo Rufino Barrios Monument (Monument of one of Guatemala's much acclaimed past President, responsible for the introduction of the railroads among other services to the country.)
  • Tecún Úman Monument (Monument to a famed Mayan leader and warrior in Guatemala's History)
  • Velodromo Nacional (Nacional Velodrome)