Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

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  • 1. Pacaya Volcano

    The village near Pacaya Volcano is very poor - there is not even a grocery store. There are many wonderful dogs you'll encounter on your hike. They are friendly but skinny! Please take dry dog food...

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  • 2. Antigua Ruins

    This convent was begun in 1701 and was used until finally abandoned after the 1773 earthquake. Its a bit off the beaten path and has by Antigua standards a fairly steep admission price (about 5 USD)....

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  • 3. Churches

    Confusingly, Hermano Pedro is not buried in the church dedicated to and named for him, but here in nearby San Francisco. This is one of Antigua’s oldest churches, dating back to 1579, although little...

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  • 4. Language Schools

    I've studied Spanish several times along with my wife in recent years in Antigua Guatemala. We fell in love with the city the first time we saw it; a small pedestrian-friendly colonial town at the...

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  • 5. Parque Central

    Parque Central is the heart of Antigua and house the main cathedral and the colonial governemnt buildings. It is also the center of the tourist district and the side streets leading off the plaza are...

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  • 6. Markets

    Antigua might strike you at first, as it did me, as something of a museum piece, but you only have to walk a few blocks from the centre to discover that “real” life happens here too. The market on...

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  • 7. Colonial Architecture

    This building was originally the University of San Carlos Booremeo founded in 1676. Today it houses the colonial art musuem. Photgraphy is forbidden insde the building but I got these shots of the...

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  • 8. Nuestra Señora de la Merced

    The “Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Merced”, to give it its full name, is one of the loveliest in Antigua, and unlike many has been fully restored. On a sunny day its vibrant yellow paint...

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  • 9. Walking through the city

    While Parque Central is the undisputed hub of the city, Parque Union, lying a few blocks to the south-east, is also worth a visit. This is much more of a locals’ hang out than tourists’, although...

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  • 10. Chichicastenango

    We drove 3 and a half hours from Antigua to "Chichi" on Thursday, although I heard that it is best to visit on Sundays. It seems as if time has stopped here. This village is very different than...

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  • 11. Lago Atitlan

    WOW, I had read that Lago ("Lake" in Spanish) Atitlan is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and boy was my research correct. On Friday, our last day in Antigua, we traveled 2 and a half hours...

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  • 12. Tikal

    Tikal is a definite must see. From Antigua or elsewhere. We took a weekend trip including flights and hotel, although you can do it by bus. Our hotel, Tikal Inn, was right next to the ruins and the...

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  • 13. Escuela De Cristo

    The school of Christ was established in 1543 by the Franciscan Order. The original structure was damaged numerous times by earthquakes. The current church was...

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  • 14. Landivar Monument

    This famous Latin poet and author is Antigua's most famous citizens. He lived in the 1700's and although his greatest works were produced while living in Italy,...

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  • 15. La Merced

    This is one of Antigua's most ornate and largest churches. It's still widely used today (although the Cloisters are in ruin), and is one of the central points...

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  • 16. Tours outside the city

    There are quite a few companies dotted around the city offering tours, and you’ll probably be approached by young men touting for business in and around the...

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  • 17. ChocoMuseo

    ChocoMuseo is the new cacao and chocolate museum in Antigua, Guatemala.I took the 2 hours chocolate making class which was great fun and where I learnt...

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  • 18. Chicken bus terminal

    For another sample of modern-day Antiguan life, once you’re done with the market head over to the bus station just behind it. I’ve written elsewhere about the...

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  • 19. Casa del Jade

    The Casa del Jade is in a reconstructed 16th Century house. There is a small Jade Museum on one side of the shop. All 58 pieces are replicas, but they are still...

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  • 20. Casa Santo Domingo

    Casa Santo Domingo is a modern hotel built amid the ruins of the 16th Century Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo. The old colonial buildings now house a number...

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  • 21. Casa del Tejido

    The Museo Casa del Tejido is a very interesting Textile Museum that shows the local dress of many different Mayan groups, as well as demonstrating the art of...

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  • 22. JADE museum and store - high quality stuff

    La Casa del Jade The day before I went to Antigua, I met an American tourist who said she did not like her Antigua tour because they brought her to museums and...

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  • 23. Casa Santo Domingo - 5-star hotel with museum

    This hotel has won several awards – being dubbed as the best hotel in the whole of Central America. Aside from being a wonderful hotel with amazing grounds and...

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  • 24. La Merced - Cloister Ruins

    The Cloisters of La Merced were abandoned after repeated earthquake damage. Today you can visit for a small fee. The Cloister has one of the best preserved...

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  • 25. Adventure Awaits.....

    Antigua is a great base for adventure sports. I used a local company to book my Pacaya Volcano hike and off-road mountain biking. Both activities were awesome...

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