Antigua is a maze of cobbled-stone streets lined with charming colonial architecture, pastel-painted houses and ornate churches. Explore by bike, indulge in foodie tours, hike nearby volcanoes and visit coffee plantations.
Landing into Guatemala City after an international flight, we’ll whisk you straight to the pastel-painted colonial city of Antigua (45 mins) to start your journey through Guatemala.
Antigua’s cobbled-stone streets are lined with charming architecture, some exquisitely preserved. You’ll also see the remnants of the 1773 earthquake still visible today in the form of great pillars left where they fell, now featured in enchanting parks and plazas where you can visit the ruins. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city has been protected from the scars of neon signs or unsightly structures, leaving it picture-perfect and giving the feel of stepping back in time. We’ll take you to the city’s most interesting sites, wandering through a maze of ornate churches, bell-towered cathedrals, archways and convents; tied in with stops at our favourite craft shops, cafes, upmarket restaurants and sophisticated galleries, some of which are tucked away and only accessible to those ‘in-the-know’.
Antigua is bursting with colour from traditional Guatemalan dress, street-food vendors plying deep red tortillas, and buzzing markets where you can haggle for crafts and textiles from dawn to dusk. Days can be spent exploring by bike, indulging in foodie tours, hiking nearby volcanoes and visiting coffee plantations.
Almost all accommodation in Antigua is small, boutique hotels, most of which have a rooftop terrace so that guests can sit out and admire beautiful panoramic views of the volcanoes that surround the city – an inspiring backdrop as you sip your morning coffee (Guatemalan bean, of course).
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