Antigua Guatemala (generally known as Antigua) is a city in the central mountains of Guatemala, next to the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes that surround it. It is famous for its well preserved Spanish Renaissance architecture with Baroque facades of the New World, as well as a large number of spectacular church ruins. It has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. It is a colonial city that still conserves constructions of the XVI century and that can be crossed on foot through its ancestral cobbled streets; The third foundation of the City of Guatemala, was founded on March 10, 1543 with the original name of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala. It was the Spanish colonial capital of Central America; it is known as "City of perpetual roses" and its inhabitants as "Green tots".
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tanque de la Union, Antigua, Sacatepequez DepartmentWe will see the Union tank, the local park and the Church of San Pedro, the guide will explain about the importance of local residents and their use.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Catedral de San Jose, Antigua, Sacatepequez DepartmentWe will enter the ruins of the Old Cathedral of Antigua Guatemala that were destroyed under the earthquakes, you will see the immense size of the cathedral and how it was inside during the colonial period.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: The Plaza Central Park, Antigua, Sacatepequez DepartmentA panoramic view of the buildings surrounding the central square of Antigua Guatemala, Palace of the General Captaincy, Municipal Palace, Portal de las Panaderas, time for photographs and short rest will be made.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Arco de Santa Catalina, Antigua, Sacatepequez DepartmentWe will walk on the main and most colorful street of Antigua Guatemala, we will reach the Arco de Santa Catalina where there will be a stop to take selfies and photographs of the most emblematic arch of Guatemala. The guide will gladly take the photos you want.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Iglesia de La Merced, Antigua, Sacatepequez DepartmentThe church of La Merced is one of the most emblematic churches of Antigua Guatemala, its Baroque-Guatemalan decoration has lasted for many years because the guide will take you to it to see it up close and if you want to enter too.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Casa del Jade, Antigua, Sacatepequez DepartmentGuatemala is rich in minerals and is one of 4 countries in the world that have pure Jade, the guide will take you to an exhibition of archaeological pieces inspired by real pieces of the Mayan civilization, you can observe the process of carving and its extraction.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: ChocoMuseo, Antigua, Sacatepequez DepartmentIf you are a chocolate lover, the guide will make a small stop at the chocolate museum so you can taste a chocolate bar or truffle, take into account that if you wish it will be paid for on your own.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Mercado el Carmen, Antigua, Sacatepequez DepartmentIf you have not yet bought a souvenir from Guatemala, the guide will gladly take you to a very original market, where you will find textiles, wood art, magnets, paintings, bags, jewelry and traditional toys at affordable prices.Duration: 25 minutes