When in rome be a roman goes the saying! Well, when in Guam, be a Guamanian. The capital village of Hagåtña is dotted with remnants of the island’s vibrant 4,000-year history – from the ancient Chamorro Latte period to the Spanish era and periods of war and occupation. In Hagåtña, a walking trail connects the 17 historical sites and brings to life the resilient and fascinating history of the Chamorro people. This path is called the Hagåtña Heritage Walking Trail. This 2.5-mile trek takes every visitor through some of Guam’s most iconic historical sites including the iconic Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica, the Cathedral which is the center of Guam’s Catholic community.
Another iconic site on the Hagåtña Heritage Walking Trail is Plaza de España, which has served as the center of cultural, religious and government activities for centuries. Historic sites at the Plaza include the Azotea, a structural element of the Governor’s Palace; the Almacen Arches, Guam’s signature triple arches that were once the entrance of the royal warehouse and was built in 1736; and the Chocolate House, the small round building that was used by both the Spanish and American administrations to host meriendas. Other areas on the trail include the San Antonio Bridge, built in 1800 and beside the bridge is a statue of Sirena, Guam’s legendary mermaid.
At the Angel Santos Memorial Park, visitors will also find eight latte stones that were once used as strong foundations by the ancient Chamorros to support their wood and thatch homes. Walk down the Guam memory lane and learn about Guam’s great history. When in Guam, stay at Days Inn and make the most of your wonderful stay.