With the largest metropolitan population (2.5 million) between Mexico and Colombia, Guatemala City has a big-city feel and a  lot of big city problems -- pollution, traffic, poverty and crime -- but also offers a good selection of hotels and restaurants to appeal to the visitor. Travelers looking for historic architecture need to look elsewhere in Guatamala -- earthquakes early in the 20th Century and in 1976 have destroyed almost all of the earliest buildings, and the city now is a mixture of more modern styles.