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.


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$45 Shore Excursions

Puerto Quetzal to Antigua Bilingual Transportation for Cruise Ship guest

Once in Puerto Quetzal’s cruise ship visitors center you will inmediately spot our staff who will be uniformed and have a visible printed sign with your name on it. Our friendly bilingual staff will coordinate for you to board your air-conditioned transportation for the picturesque 90-minute drive to colonial La Antigua. La Antigua a charming city that preserves its original features as though time had stood still. Because of its immense historical and cultural value, it was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. Located in a valley surrounded by mountains and towering volcanoes, today it is a pleasant city with cobblestone streets, colonial mansions, and unique arquitecture with colonial-style façades, tile roofs, restored ruins of churches, palaces, and convents. Upon arribal our bilingual staff will explain to you that you have OPTIONAL  to be part of a guided visit with licensed guide  for an additional $15 per person. This guided activity permits you to go further into colonial spanish heritage with a profesional who does a chronological narrartion of the World Heritage Site visiting sites like the Cathedral Crypts, Street of the Arch, Santo Domingo Cultural Center among other sites considered highlights or you will also have the option exploring on your own with an Antigua city map which contains a suggested walking tour and points of interest that you can explore on your own. The departure time and pickup location will be clearly communicated to you by our staff. Please make sure you rejoin on time as you unleash your inner explorer taking advantage of your time and day in the beautiful colonial city of Antigua, museums, art galleries, churches, historical buildings shops and restaurants. Stroll down cobblestone streets and admire colonial architecture in this colonial capital of Guatemala. Staff will remain continually available through different means so you can feel more confortable with your visit. Once the time to meet has came up everyone will board the air condition van again to return to the port on a 1 hour and thirty minutes drive back to our local port known as Quetzal. You can expect to return back to the port with a minimum of 45 minutes before cruise ship's departure time.

$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

Your Veracruz combo tour begins with pickup from your hotel, followed by the drive to La Antigua, about 20 miles (30 km) up the coast.With your guide, tour the small, tree-lined town, learning about its history as the first Spanish settlement in Mexico. See its main attractions such as La Casa del Cabildo (one of the oldest Spanish structures still standing in Mexico), the first Catholic church in the Americas, and the house of the 16th-century Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés.Back in your minivan, return to Veracruz to visit San Juan de Ulúa, a fortress that dates back to 1565. Situated along a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Mexico, the complex once served as a prison and then a presidential residence. Today, it's a museum where you can learn about its role in several major events in Mexico’s history.After your tour of San Juan de Ulúa, return once more to your minivan to start your sightseeing tour of Veracruz. You’ll have a break to get lunch (own expense) and then start the panoramic city tour which covers Veracruz’s top landmarks, including the Old Customs Building, Postal and Telegraph buildings, the Santiago Bulwark (defense wall) and the train station.You'll also visit the beautiful Zocalo, Veracruz’s main plaza, home to the Municipal Palace and the city’s 18th-century cathedral. From there, take a walk on the malecón to enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico, and enjoy a drive through the neighboring port city Boca del Río to see its upscale hotels.You’ll be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

$107.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins

Your day trip from Veracruz begins with hotel pickup by minivan for the approximate 45-mile (75-km) drive up the coast to Quiahuiztlan. When you arrive, walk around the archaeological ruins, set on a hill with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. During its time as part of the Tlaxcala confederation, the site was home to Totanac temples, plazas and a ballcourt. See what remains and learn about their significance from your guide.Back in your minivan, head south about 20 miles (30 km) to the archaeological site of Cempoala. Admire its ruins, including the Templo del Dios del Viento y la Cruz (God of Winds Temple and the Cross), Templo Mayor (Major Temple), Templo de las Chimeneas (Temple of the Chimneys) and Circulo de los Gladiadores (Circle of the Gladiators).From your guide, hear about Cempoala's Mesoamerican history — from its time as the capital of the Totanac Empire to its invasion by the Aztecs — and learn about the source of its name, which means ‘twenty waters.’ Then re-board your minivan for the drive to your final stop, La Antigua, about 20 minutes south. When you arrive in La Antigua, the first town the Spanish settled in Mexico, enjoy lunch (own expense) at Las Delicias del Mar, a local eatery. Then wander the small, tree-filled town with your guide, checking out its main attractions like La Casa del Cabildo (one of the oldest Spanish buildings still standing in Mexico); Ermita del Rosario (the first Catholic church in the Americas); and the 16th-century house of Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés, who led the invasion of the Aztec Empire.Your tour ends with a final drive back to your Veracruz hotel.

$78 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cempoala Ruins and La Antigua Day Trip from Veracruz

Your day trip from Veracruz begins with hotel pickup by an air-conditioned minivan for the approximate 30-mile (50-km) drive northwest to Cempoala. With your guide, tour the archaeological site to see its many structures, including the Templo Mayor (Major Temple), Templo de las Chimeneas (Temple of the Chimneys), Templo del Dios del Viento y la Cruz (God of Winds Temple and the Cross) and Circulo de los Gladiadores (Circle of the Gladiators).Learn about Cempoala's Mesoamerican history — from its days as the capital of the Totanac Empire to its defeat by the Aztecs — and hear about the origin of its name, which means ‘twenty waters.’ Then re-board your minivan for the drive to La Antigua, about 20 minutes south, back toward Veracruz. When you arrive in La Antigua, have lunch (own expense) at a local eatery called Las Delicias del Mar. Then explore the small, tree-lined town with your guide, checking out its main attractions like La Casa del Cabildo (one of the oldest Spanish structures still standing in Mexico), Ermita del Rosario (the first Catholic church in the Americas) and the house built in 1523 that belonged to Hernán Cortés, the 16th-century conquistador (conqueror) who led the Spanish invasion of the Aztec Empire.Your tour ends when you are returned to your Veracruz hotel.