Top things to do in Guatemala

Top Choice Monastery in Antigua

Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo

Founded by Dominican friars in 1542, Santo Domingo became the biggest and richest monastery in Antigua. Following three 18th-century earthquakes, the buildings were pillaged for construction material. The site was a…
Top Choice Market in Chichicastenango

Market

Some villagers still walk for hours carrying their wares to reach Chichi's market, one of Guatemala's largest and a highlight of many people's trips to the country. It's a rich mix of the traditional and the tourist…
Top Choice Religious in Antigua

Semana Santa

In the week leading up to Easter, hundreds of devotees garbed in deep purple and white robes bear revered icons from their churches in daily street processions in remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion. It's one of the…
Top Choice Religious Site in Zunil

Cofradia San Simón

While you're in Zunil, visit the image of San Simón, the name given here to the much-venerated Mayan deity known elsewhere as Maximón. His effigy, propped up in a chair, is moved each year to a different house durin…
Top Choice Church in Antigua

Iglesia Merced

At the northern end of 5a Av is La Merced – a striking yellow building trimmed with white plaster filigree. Its facade is one of the most beautiful in Guatemala The squat, thick-walled structure was built to withsta…
Top Choice Park in Panajachel

Reserva Natural Atitlán

A former coffee plantation being reclaimed by natural vegetation, this reserve is 200m past the Hotel Atitlán on the northern outskirts of town. It makes a good outing on foot or bicycle. You can leisurely walk the …
Top Choice Cheese in San Juan La Laguna

Café El Artesano

El Artesano offers one of Guatemala's best dining experiences. Let the staff guide you around the platter of two dozen cheeses (all produced in Guatemala and aged in-house), from creamy goat through blue to hard pec…
Top Choice Guatemalan in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Café Sabor Cruceño

Up in the village, this brilliant community project comedor is run by local students who are learning to make traditional Guatemalan dishes to global tourism standards. Such Kaqchiquel fare as subanik (a tomato sauc…
Top Choice Bar in Antigua

Antigua Brewing Company

Put your Gallo beer down for one moment and get to the forefront of Guatemala's craft-brewing revolution at the Antigua Brewing Company. Sup its signature Fuego IPA while looking out to Volcán Agua from the roof ter…
Top Choice Fusion in Antigua

Mesón Panza Verde

The restaurant of the exclusive B&B Mesón Panza Verde dishes up divine continental cuisine in an appealing Antiguan atmosphere. The menu features an eclectic global lineup, with the French-trained chef putting a…