Welcome to La Antigua
A Spanish settlement was established here in 1525, and it’s rumored that this is where conquistador Cortés moored his boats to a ceiba tree. The tree – gnarly and gigantic – is still standing, with a boat lying beside it. The eye-catching ruined building, half-strangled by tree roots and vines, is a 16th-century customs house, sometimes erroneously called the ‘Casa de Cortés.’ The Ermita del Rosario church, probably dating from 1523, is considered to be the oldest in the Americas.
Lanchas will motor you along the pleasant Río Antigua for around M$100 per person, depending on how many people want to go.