Bike Ride: Old Town & Around

A good way to tour this area is by bicycle (rented in Antigua). Head out of Antigua along the Ciudad Vieja road east of the market. It's a 4km ride along a moderately busy road to Ciudad Vieja. Take 4a Calle west through the restored colonial part of town. Back at the main road, turn left. When you reach the cemetery, go right, following signs for San Miguel Dueñas. From here, it's about a 10-minute ride downhill to the Valhalla Macadamia Farm, on the left side. The road goes on to San Miguel Dueñas.

Coming into that town, you'll go over a small bridge. Bear right, then turn right at the sign for San Antonio Aguas Calientes. This road, unpaved for much of the way, winds for the next 5km through coffee fincas (plantations), hamlets and vegetable fields. Arriving in San Antonio, turn right at the communal washbasins to reach the main plaza. Leaving town, go around the left side of the church, then head left up 2a Calle. From there, it's a steep climb but you're rewarded with breathtaking views of the village. Beyond the Finca Los Nietos coffee plantation, you'll reach the RN-14 Hwy. Turn left there and go 2km, taking the second right onto a dirt road. This will take you back to the Ciudad Vieja–Antigua road, where a left turn leads you back into town.