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“Central Plaza - Xelaju”
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Central Plaza
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Owner description: This beautiful town square is a gathering place for locals, and is home to a cathedral and museum.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Where do I begin? This central plaza has all of the requisite buildings that one expects of a central plaza, PLUS. There is a cathedral which was torn down, except for the facade and bell tower and replace by a newer more modern one. I personally would have preferred the old one. There is a municipal "palace" with a beautiful garden atrium. There is a museum with one floor of archaeological effects. There is a 1900's building which reminded me of a train station in Paris because of the arched glass roof and the wrought iron. There are Greek columns, Egyptian columns, a gazebo and a fountain. There is plenty of seating for people watching while drinking a nice cup of Guatemalan coffee from "& cafe" or eating an ice cream from "Pops". What more could one ask of a central plaza. There is also a schedule of entertainment from marimba bands to other local bands.

For the more mundane needs of life, there are ATMs located here as are many restaurants serving everything from typical foods to Tex-Mex and everything in between.

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We met our son and future daughter in law in front of the old church here. We wandered around and ate at The Balcony, rather than McDonalds, overlooking the plaza. I wish more towns in the US have kept up their town squares, it puts us to shame. The public toilets are much to be desired, they are probably as old as the plaza, and it will cost you Q1.

Thank Terrie113
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Being the center of town (or at least zona 1) it's hard not to spend time here. Whether it's to meet a friend, hang out and read, watch one of the many things happening or just people watching, this is the spot. Great little street food area on the south east side and good coffee on the north east side.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Often stuff happening, especially sunday evenings (but that may just be on the build up to semana santa). Nice street eateries.

Thank Glyndwr1404
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

The plaza truly is the center. Though a bit dirty, as is most of Guatemala, it's a great place to sit and watch others sitting and watching others.

Thank dancinbuddha
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