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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  • 50 years to measure so accurately. The dedication to their journey is mind boggling. It is worth a visit for an overview but you should have a guide to give the history and basic info  more »
  • It is a embossed model of Guatemala. It's an interesting visit to get an idea of the country.
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