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Antigua Guatemala Full–Day Walking Tour from Puerto Quetzal

1. Antigua Guatemala Full–Day Walking Tour from Puerto Quetzal

Antigua Guatemala is the best-preserved colonial city in Latin America. Tourists visit every year from around the world to enjoy its natural beauty and historic monuments. The Spanish Colonial style permeates every part of the town: its houses, churches, squares, parks and ruins, also its traditions and folklore. Antigua is a city of charm and color with an overwhelming variety of attractive, handmade products that honor the traditions of generations of artisans. Start with a 3–hour walking tour with a visit to La Merced Church, one of the most important churches in Antigua. Explore one of the distinguishable landmarks in Antigua Guatemala, Santa Catalina Arch. Built in the 17th century, originally it was connected to the convent of Santa Catalina, allowing the cloistered nuns to pass from one building to the other without going out on the street. Walk through Central Park to appreciate the The Cathedral of San Jose. The original church was built around 1541, but suffered several earthquakes throughout its history, and the first church building was demolished in 1669. The cathedral was rebuilt and consecrated in 1680. By 1743 the cathedral was one of the largest in Central America. Continue to a Jade Factory where you can appreciate the sacred stone of the Mayan civilization. After some free time to buy souvenirs, return to Puerto Quetzal to board your cruise.

Antigua Guatemala: Half-Day Walking Tour

2. Antigua Guatemala: Half-Day Walking Tour

Experience a city where time has stood still on a half-day walking tour of Antigua Guatemala, once the third largest city in Spanish colonial America. For 200 years, Antigua Guatemala (commonly referred to as just "Antigua" or "La Antigua") was the capital of Guatemala, but today it's a peaceful place of cobblestone streets, majestic churches and monasteries and partially restored architecture. Visit La Merced Church of Guatemalan and see its ultra-baroque style. This temple has two bell towers and on its facade in the upper part, is a sculpture of San Pedro Nolasco, founder of the Mercedarian Order. Proceed to the Santa Catalina Arch, built in 1694 as part of a convent first established in 1609. Hear how the arch served as a bridge connecting the convent with the gardens on the other side of the street. Go to Central Park in the heart of the city, surrounded by the traditional grid pattern that was frequently used in Spanish urban planning in the colonies. Admire the monuments surrounding the park, such as the Palace of the Captain Generals, City Hall, the Church of San José (formerly the Cathedral of Guatemala), the Archbishop’s Palace and the Portal of Commerce (Bakers’ Portal). Look at the Mermaid´s Fountain, built by the Count of Gomera in memory of the story of a king whose daughters gave birth but did not want to nurse their children. Continue walking to visit the La Unión tank, which is one of the most representative laundries in this city (historically, only the big houses had a proper laundry facilities). Benefit from drop off at your hotel in Antigua Guatemala at the end of the tour.

Antigua Guatemala: Walking Tour and Hot Springs Visit

3. Antigua Guatemala: Walking Tour and Hot Springs Visit

You will be picked up from your hotel in Antigua Guatemala to begin your walking tour of the city.  You will start visiting the church of ultraboroque style, La Merced, temple which has two bell towers and a sculpture of San Pedro Nolasco on its facade, who is the founder of the Mercedarian Order. Continuing walking at the Arch of Santa Catalina, built to connect the nuns between cloisters to avoid being seen due to the votes that the religious who belonged to that Order took. After the earthquakes of 1773, many arrangements were made to the arch, included a Lamy Amp Lacroix watch of French origin. Central Park is located at the heart of the city. The park is surrounded by the Palace of the Generals Captain, the City Hall, the church of San José, the Archbishop's Palace and the Portal of Commerce. Visitors will see the beautiful mermaid fountain. The fountain was built in memory of a popular legend, which tells the story of a king whose daughters did not want to nurse their children. Learn about this famous story as you immerse yourself in the legendary colonial city. Also appreciate La Unión tank, one of the most representative laundries in this city, due to only the big houses had a private place where they could wash. For this reason, most of the inhabitants - housewives - went to public laundries. At the end of the walking tour, you will be transferred to the Santa Teresita hot springs. Enjoy a delicious lunch, followed by a relaxing 25-minute massage. During the afternoon, relax and enjoy the thermal waters, steam rooms and swimming pool at the hot springs. At the end of your tour you will be dropped off back in Antigua.

From Antigua: Lake Atitlán Mountain Biking Adventure

4. From Antigua: Lake Atitlán Mountain Biking Adventure

Get your adrenaline pumping with a mountain biking adventure through the Guatemalan countryside. Meet your guide in Antigua and set out for the 2.5-hour drive to Panajachel, stopping along the way for a coffee and restroom break. Upon arrival in Panajachel, get fitted out for your mountain bike followed by a quick safety briefing before your adventure begins. Start the trail on a downhill country road and ride towards a quiet lake. Follow a route that combines backcountry dirt roads and jeep tracks as well as tight technical singletrack climbs and descents. Enjoy biking through a landscape of rolling pine forests, intermixed with local agricultural plots of corn, beans, and squash. After a couple of hours of riding, take a 2-kilometer climb to a viewpoint located high above Lake Atitlán where you will enjoy a healthy and well-deserved fresh picnic lunch as you admire spectacular views of the lake. After lunch, continue cross-country and downhill on the technical cliff-side trail that traverses some 2000 vertical feet above the lake. Complete your day with a ride on some of Guatemala’s best singletrack, from the rim of the vast caldera down to Santa Catarina Palopó, finishing with an awesome staircase into this lakeside Mayan village. Take some time to recover with a swim or a stroll through the village before heading back to Antigua.

Antigua Family Walking Tour

5. Antigua Family Walking Tour

Experience the most rewarding adventure with your family on an exclusive family walking tour. Your family-friendly local professional guide will make sure the kids have just as much fun sightseeing as adults. Enjoy an easy pace and a stroll around the city center, highlighting the famous cultural and architectural sites. The whole family will have fun learning about Antigua’s fascinating and interesting sites. Hear stories from the guide, which are guaranteed to provide you with a few giggles, as you wind down the off beaten paths of the city. Discover the legend hidden in The Arch of Santa Catalina of Antigua, and learn what Antigua means and how to pronounce it. The whole family will have fun learning about Antigua’s fascinating and interesting sites.

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What people are saying about Antigua Guatemala

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 40 reviews

An interesting, very worthwhile tour!

This tour covered the historic highlights of Antigua and was presented by a friendly, very knowledgeable guide: Juan Pablo. I was very surprised (and grateful!) when I learned that he traveled all the way from Guatemala City to give a tour only to me! I would have missed so much important and interesting information if it wasn't for this tour! (I tried seeing a couple of the museums on my own but got so much less information from that effort.)

We had the tour as a shore excursion from a cruise ship. Far cheaper than the on board tours. The tour was fun and easy walking around Antigua. They picked us up at the port in a comfortable vehicle and got us back to the port in plenty of time. A fun no hassles day in Antigua. Great food in a local restaurant was a bonus.

Exelent Guide.

I wasn’t informed, that our 4 will be asociated with group more then ten. It was very old untady mini bus.

Our guide was wonderful!

I like that they held up a sign with our name on it.