Cerro San Cristóbal


Perched on a hillside overlooking the Panchoy valley, this is a well-managed organic farm that's packed with small pleasures. Tours are given of a medicinal plant garden, neatly arrayed plots of organic veggies and a greenhouse full of orchids. There are also demonstrations by weavers on a bicycle-powered loom, a consecrated shrine to Maximón and a traditional sauna.

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1.08 MILES

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2. Iglesia de la Escuela de Cristo

1.14 MILES

Within this remarkably well-preserved church is a life-size Christ figure, who is borne around town during Antigua's enormous Semana Santa processions…

3. Iglesia de San Francisco

1.27 MILES

This church is imbued with the spirit of Hermano Pedro de San José de Bethancourt, a Franciscan monk who founded a hospital for the poor in Antigua and…

4. Iglesia y Convento de Santa Clara


Established by sisters from Puebla, Mexico, Santa Clara was inaugurated in 1734, destroyed four decades later by the great quake and abandoned…

5. Iglesia de San José El Viejo

1.43 MILES

Originally built as a shrine to house the image of Saint Joseph, this church stood completed for just 11 years before the 1773 earthquake laid it low. Its…

6. Choco Museo

1.55 MILES

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7. Palacio de los Capitanes Generales

1.55 MILES

Dating from 1549, the palace was colonial headquarters for all of Central America, from Chiapas to Costa Rica, until the capital was relocated in 1776…

8. Catedral de Santiago

1.56 MILES

Antigua's cathedral was begun in 1545, wrecked by the quake of 1773, and only partially rebuilt over the next century. The present sliver of a church –…