Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

A world UNESCO Herritage in Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

It is located 45 kms from Guatemala city. It was the third capital established by the Spaniards. It was named city of Santiago of the Knights of Guatemala in 1566. After plagues, earthquakes and floods, the telluric movement of 1773 ended up destroying it definitively.

Despite having been a outlawed and abandoned city to create a new capital, gradually its inhabitants returned to give life and today is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Guatemala. It is a jewel of urbanism and colonial architecture, which retains its characteristics, as if in them time had stopped. Due to its immense historical and cultural value, it was declared "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO in 1979.

In the heart of the city, is located the main square within this traditional grilled path so used in the Spanish urban development in the time of the colony. The central square is surrounded by different monuments such as: The Palace of the general captains, the town hall, the church of San José formerly the Cathedral of Guatemala, the archiepiscopal Palace and the Commerce Portal.

In the center of the square, you will find the iconic fountain of the Sirens. El Conde de la Gomera, built it in memory of the popular legend about a king whose daughters gave birth and did not want to breastfeed their little children, so he sent to be tied to a stick in the middle of a water eye, where they died of thirst and starvation. In the fountain, the four sirens hold their breasts in their hands, which provided water to the city. It was built in 1739 by Diego de Porres and has been constituted in one of the symbols that identify the old colonial city.

La Merced Church and convent

The façade of this church is without doubt the best example of the Baroque style that prevailed in the antique constructions. The delicate work in ataurique (technique of relief in plaster with vegetal motifs), is a sample of the architectural quality that reached the city.

The spectacular fountain of the convent, is the largest sample of those still left in ancient Guatemala, was built during the eighteenth century and was partially restored in 1944. Another treasure of the Iglesaia de la Merced is the venerable image of Jesus Nazareno, which is an splendid example of colonial images.

St. Joseph's Cathedral

This building was built between 1543 and 1680, with a façade of elaborate baroque style, altarpiece type, where the imagery and ataurique predominate.

It was one of the most important churches in Latin America at the time, however when the city moved to the new Guatemala of the assumption, it lost its degree of a cathedral and became a parish, but until today is still called Cathedral by tradition.

On the facade you can see high-relief sculptures representing the Twelve Apostles and four fathers of the church.

Church of San Francisco el Grande

It was built in the middle of the 16th century. Surrounded by a wall with battlements, its west façade is notable for its beautiful padded spiral columns. Once in the atrium, you can see the main façade of the temple showing 12 niches.

In the interior, which is accessed by a side door, are preserved beautiful baroque altarpieces with mixtilíneas figures, all rolled in gold, as well as the chapel that preserves the body of the Holy Brother Pedro de San José de Betancur, who enjoys the devotion of Many Catholics from Guatemala and Central America.

In the church is the Museum of the Holy Brother Peter, where are exhibited relics, clothing and objects he used.

Central Market

It is located in the back of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the basement of the Plaza del Sanctum. There you can buy a variety of handicrafts that are produced throughout the country, such as ceramics, textiles, leather, wood, silverware, tinplate, etc., as well as producing basic consumption.

Open every day from 6:00 to 18:00 hrs. Craft shops from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Handicrafts Market

It is located on the Boulevard Juan Pablo II, which leads to the international Airport La Aurora, in zone 13 of the city of Guatemala. It has 51 commercial premises in which it is exhibited and sells a range of handicrafts elaborated in the different departments of the country as: textiles of different regions, leather, wood, ceramics, candles, paintings, antiques, jewellery in silver and jade, basketry and Clothing. The market also has artisan workshops, temporary exhibitions of handicrafts, special events, landscaped areas, public parking and security.

Ciudad Vieja

This town is nestled among volcanoes, also surrounded by hills and mountains. This locality was capital of the kingdom for 14 years, during this period it suffered havoc because of the floods coming from the water volcano.

Bordering the east with Antigua Guatemala and Santa María de Jesús Sacatepéquez; To the north with San Antonio Aguas Calientes and we have Chimaltenango; To the south with Palín and Escuintla Department of Escuintla; And to the west with San Miguel dueñas and San Juan Alotenango Sacatepéquez.

Among the recommended sites to visit are the Church of Our Lady of Concepción, Aldea San Miguel Escobar and the Museum of memory of the volcano.

Museum of Colonial Art

It is located in the building that was home to the University of San Carlos de Borromeo, founded by the royal Certificate of Charles II on January 31, 1767 and was constituted the third oldest in America. It exhibits artistic

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Bienvenidos! Welcome to Guatemala!
Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1. 
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

As there's a great deal to do in Antigua we recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist.If you would like to experience a Salsa lesson, you can try one of the below Schools for a class:

New Sensation Salsa
7a Avenida Norte #78, Antigua
+502 5033-0921
Open from 9 to 9 every day.

Salsa Con Gloria
6calle Poniente #9 LA Sala Bar y Rest., Antigua
+502 4374-1391

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop - USD25
Antigua - Bike tour - USD40
Antigua - Santiago Zamora village tour - USD10
Antigua - Coffee/Macadamia nut plantation tour - USD45
Antigua - Salsa lesson (per hour) - USD7
Meals Included
here are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Some departures of this trip are part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may have started their trip 10 days ago in El Tunco on Explore Central America (QVSPC) or Central America - Coast to Coast (QVSOC). Or perhaps may be continuing on longer itineraries from Playa del Carmen to start the second part of their trip – Guatemala & Costa Rica (QVSAC) or Mayan Adventure (QVSKC). Please contact our sales team if you wish to book or know more information on these longer combination trips.



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