Founded in 1542, Antigua was the first planned city in the Americas, structured on a rigid grid pattern, and is easily recognized by its cobblestone streets. Panza Verde, or green belly was the name given to those that remained in Antigua after the capital was moved to Guatemala City. It is said that the people received this name because of their reliance on avocados for a food source after the damage to the city from earthquakes. In 1979, Antigua Guatemala became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered a cultural gem in Central America because of its vibrant culture, historical significance, and rare beauty.
Antigua is a great city to visit during your time in Guatemala. Located just over 20 miles from Guatemala City and the International airport, many guests enjoy a day or two at the beginning or end of their stay. The city has so much to offer to visitors, as it was once the country's capital and adorned with several must-see landmarks and historical gems.
Experience Antigua Walking Tour
Be enchanted by the magic of Antigua, Guatemala. From the city’s distinctive cobblestone street to its 16th century mansions, churches and convents, the 500 yr. old city, nestled between 3 volcanoes, is just a walk away. This tour is perfect for your first day around Antigua, where you will enjoy the harmonic combination of past and present. On your tour visit ancient buildings that were once convents, monasteries, and churches. This will be the most beautiful introduction to the Guatemalan lifestyle, tradition and culture.
Visit: San Francisco church and ruins, Santo Domingo ruins, La Merced church and ruins, the street with the famous Santa Catalina Arch and buildings around the Main Square (Municipality, Palace, Cathedral).
Authentic Chicken Bus Tour
Experience Guatemala's local heritage and authentic culture on a genuine Chicken Bus!Enjoy a unique perspective of Guatemala's traditional way of life. Immerse yourself in the diversity of local Antigua culture by enjoying a hands-on experience visiting the places where Guatemala's special treasures are cultivated and created on this 4 hour tour of Antigua's local villages from your seat on an authentic Chicken Bus.
Visit: San Juan del Obispo, San Pedro las Huertas, Ciudad Vieja, San Miguel Dueñas, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, and Valhalla Macadamia farm.
Tour Includes: local culinary tasting, kit crafts for souvenirs, meet with local inhabitants, authentic Chicken Bus transportation, general guide, and bottled water.
Explore Antigua and its Local Villages
Less than an hour outside of Guatemala City, Antigua takes you back to another place in time. The nearly 500-year-old city is cradled by three volcanoes and accented with colorful facades of 16th century mansions, churches and convents. La Antigua offers an array of restaurants, boutiques and venues with live music.
Visit San Francisco church and ruins, Santo Domingo ruins, La Merced church and ruins, the street with the famous Arch and buildings around the Main Square (Municipal building, Palace, Cathedral). Enjoy the day in a traditional atmosphere by having lunch with a local family.
Visit Antigua's Nearby Villages
Immerse yourself in the diversity of local Antigua culture. Enjoy hands-on experiences visiting the places where Guatemala's special treasures are cultivated and created.
Villages to Visit: Pastores (leather workshop), San Juan del Obispo (chocolate workshop), San Pedro las huertas (Jade workshop), Ciudad Vieja (coffee workshop), San Antonio Aguas Calientes (textiles workshop), and Santa María de Jesús (Santa María de Jesús has special events only on Sunday).
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Things to Do in Antigua
Ready to immerse yourself in Guatemala's culture? Whether you're spending one day or several days, Antigua has numerous activities available to keep the whole family happy and truly get involved with Guatemala's rich traditions.