Guatemala City, Guatemala
Ticket price: $355
Most people will bypass Guatemala City, having heard rumors about its crime and grime, and opt for lush and leafy Antigua instead. But Guatemala City is in the process of a total makeover. Zona 1 in Downtown is the guinea pig for this pet project, as the 6a Calle has become pedestrianized and is now flanked with bars, cafes, and restaurants. Still, Guatemala City is entirely a work in progress, but it’s a nice change of pace from glossier tourist capitals.
What to do: If your travels put you in the city on a Sunday, take a stroll down the Avenida de las Americas in Zona 10. This street is blocked off to traffic and is overrun by street performers, food vendors, and skaters. Pass by on foot or rent a bike to enjoy this slice of city life.