Guatemala Things to Do

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Guatemala Things to Do

  • Pacaya Volcano

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 in zip lock bags to feed these wonderful dogs. ALSO, MORE IMPORTANT, talk to the local vendors on the hike up who sell sodas and chips. Tell them...

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  • Antigua Ruins

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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). I settled for a few pics from the outside.

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  • Churches

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 of that 16th century original remains today. Instead there is a substantial largely 19th century church, with extensive ruins to one side. The saint...

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  • Language Schools

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 foot of a giant volcano. We were never bored in Antigua. There are dozens of ruins of museums, along with a cultural center to visit. If you like to...

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  • Parque Central

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 full of restaurants and shops.

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  • Markets

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 the western fringes of the old town is totally non-touristy and is a great place to explore when you’re saturated with beautiful colonial architecture...

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  • Colonial Architecture

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 courtyard of the building which is the real attraction here not the art within.

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  • Nuestra Señora de la Merced

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 and intricate white carvings are truly stunning. Notice how short the bell-tower is – a necessary precaution in this earthquake-ravaged city....

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  • Walking through the city

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 plenty of the latter come here to visit nearby churches - San Pedro and ruined Santa Clara. The square itself though deserves a little of your time. At...

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  • Chichicastenango

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 Antigua and there is much indigenous presence. Actually, what is most interesting about Chichi is NOT the famed market but the activity on the incense...

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  • Lago Atitlan

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 to this wonderful magical locale. The drive itself was breathtaking. We had wanted to visit the village of Santiago Atitlan via boat but by the time...

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  • Tikal

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    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 rooms were fine. Electricity is only on for certain hours which makes the 5am sunrise interesting! lunch and breakfast was included. Dinner was had at...

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  • Old city of Antigua

    I was disappointed when I arrived to Guatemala city; I did not find it beautiful at all, therefore the next day I travelled to Antigua, a much more pleasant place to visit and stay for a few days, resting after a long voyage across Mexico.I made an excellent decision, Antigua was lovely; it looked a Spanish village from Castilla or Extremadura...

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  • The Stelae of Quirigua

    Coming hitchhiking from the Castillo de San Felipe (where I was allowed to spend the night) the last truck driver dropped me near Los Amates. He told me that close to that settlement there was an archaeological Maya place with several estelas (stelae) carved representing kings, made on stone, that foreign tourist used to visit.Interested in the...

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  • Quirigua (The Other Mayan Ruin)

    (KEER e gwa)Pronounced KEER e gwa (say it quickly). Fantastic, fabulous and extravagant Maya stone stella are the largest ever made - over 10 meters- with exactingly carved figures and glyphs. Don't miss the zoomorphs (see photo). You can do this site in a day trip from Guatemala City or spend the night at the Hotel Royal (basic) in the nearby...

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  • Visit the Mayan Ruins of TIKAL!

    Tikal is considered as the largest pre-Columbian Mayan ruins and was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1979. I thought at first that it would be just a small area with a few temples, but my oh my…it’s a huge complex and it took about 3-4 hours of walking for us to see the major temples. The architecture dates back to the 4th century BC but it is...

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  • Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology &...

    The Museum of Anthropology is a first class museum- refurbished, modernized, expanded and deserving of serious consideration by any student of the Maya or Guatemalan ethnology.Photography (no flash) is allowed.Guatemala City has numerous museums. One of my favorites is the Popul Vuh situated in the blue blood Zona 10 on the campus of La Universidad...

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  • National Palace Guatemala City: Art...

    Officialy the National Palace of Culture, the second floor hosts four galleries of paintings and drawings in addition to marvelous murals of Guatemalan history over the staircases. There are works by modern Mayan and Guatemalan artists including El Grupo Vertebra (Roberto Cabrera -see photo), Elmar Rene Rojas, and Marco A Quiroa) Other major...

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  • Visit the villages around Atitlan

    Sorry too lazy to count but there are several villages along the shore or in the hillsides around Lake Atitlan. If I came back with Kim I might do in sans guide book and just take our packs in to villages and ask the locals. Spanish helps but many speak broken English along with some local dialects. But that is just my preference...as there are...

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  • Lake Atitlàn

    Lake Atitlàn was said by Aldous Huxley to be the most beautiful lake in the world. I doubt that he had seen all of them, any more than I have, but it certainly has to be in anyone’s Top Ten. Lying a mile above sea level and ringed by mountains and three perfect volcanoes (Atitlàn , San Pedro and Toliman), its silvery blue waters are a...

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  • Parque Tikal

    Having spent our first week in Guatemala in the south west, in the highland areas around Antigua and Lake Atitlàn, we flew north to see Tikal, one of the greatest sites of the ancient Mayan World. It contains the the tallest pre-Columbian structure now standing in the Americas, Temple IV, and many others besides, all scattered across a wide area,...

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  • Antigua

    Antigua was our base for the first few days in Guatemala, and although I loved everywhere that we visited in the country, it was probably my favourite. I imagine that must be true of many visitors to the country. Anyone with even a passing interest in history will be happy to spend a few days poking around its photogenic ruined churches, and...

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  • Guatemala City

    Place names in Guatemala can be confusing! The capital city is known by the same name as the country itself, and although it is most properly known as Guatemala de la Asunción, it is usually called simply “Guatemala City”, while many locals will refer to it just as “Guatemala”, "Guate", or even “The City”. In fact, Guatemala City is the country’s...

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  • Tikal

    You can take a day trip or over night trip to Tikal from Antigua. We did the over night trip.Basically, you leave Antigua around 4am and drive to Guatemala City. There you take a plane to Tikal. You get to the hotel very early and head straight into the jungle to see the pyramids. Then you go back to the hotel, have lunch and you leave the next...

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  • Elizabeth Bell tour

    This is a tour of the city antigua by an American woman who loves Antigua. She gives a wonderful walking tour about the history of Antigua. I believe it is the best walking tour I have ever taken in a foreign country. Elizabeth created the tour and on most days she is the tour guide. She knows a lot of interesting facts about Antigua past and...

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  • Climb a volcano!

    This is a must do when visiting Guatemala. When booking your trip, it is a good idea to meet with several tour guides to find the best deal. On our trip, we booked with one agency and everyone else on the bus booked with another agency. We paid a lot less, but I think it was just luck.

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  • Climbing Volcano Pacaya

    We had to rise very early that day, and shake off the beers from the night before. My travelling companion, who shall remain anonymous, was having some travelling stomach issues. Neither of us was at the top of our game. I flagged the bus over and we climbed in. We were quickly surrounded by blonde-haired, gangly-legged European youths, who looked...

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  • antigua guatemeltecan colonial town

    La Antigua Guatemala (commonly referred to as just Antigua or La Antigua) is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Mudéjar-influenced[1] Baroque architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Antigua Guatemala serves as the...

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  • make horseriding at lake atitlan

    very reliable horseriding for economical price with splendid views..you can easily find at village of panajachel

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  • panajachel at lake atitlan

    Panajachel is located in the Guatemalan highlands and provides incredible views to three volcanoes and the Lake Atitlan. The volcanoes, San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlan set an incredible stage for this town. Panajachel is also the gateway to explore the three indigenous villages around Lake Atitlan. Santiago Atitlan, Santa Cararina Palopo and San...

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  • VISIT TIKAL WORLD FAMOUS MAYA RUINS

    Tikal (or Tik¡¯al according to the more current orthography) is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Pet¨¦n Basin in what is now modern-day northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Pet¨¦n at 17¡ã13¡ä19¡åN 89¡ã37¡ä22¡åW...

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  • flores - the city to visit tikal

    Flores is a town in Petén, Guatemala. The town proper is an island on Lago Petén Itzá, connected to land by a causeway, on the other side of which lie the twin towns Santa Elena and San Benito. All three are often referred to as Flores, and are grouped in one article here accordingly

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  • Taking the Tikal Temple Trail

    Situated in the northern part of Guatemala, the ruins of Tikal are considered by many to be the best remaining examples of Mayan architecture around. They are certainly the hottest. As we climbed onboard the battered minibus in Flores at 5am the air was thick with anticipation. Even the driver, slumped half-asleep over the wheel with headphones...

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  • Jungle Trek

    Trekking through the jungle of Northern Guatemala. This was a three-day hike through the jungle ending at Tikal National Park to visit the Mayan ruins. We hired a guide to take us through. I do not recall the tour company, but some knowledge of Spanish was absolutely necessary. Our guide spoke no English; in fact, Spanish was his second language as...

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  • Parque Central, Antigua

    Parque Central is Antigua's main square. It is flanked by the cathedral and in the middle is the Fuente de las Sirenas (Fountain of the Sirens), designed in 1739 by Miguel Porras.

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  • Catedral de Santiago, Antigua

    La Catedral de Santiago was built in 1542 and, like all of the major buildings in Antigua, badly damaged by the earthquake of 1773. It was rebuilt between 1789 and 1820.

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  • La Compañía de Jesús, Antigua

    La Compañía de Jesús, was a school, a church and a convent. Its construction was carried out in the sixteenth century. Like most buildings in Antigua it was destroyed by the earthquake of 1773. The building was abandoned until the end of the nineteenth century, when part of it was used as the Spanish Embassy building, then as a warehouse. The...

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  • Off Beat Museum of Curiosities...

    Guatemala often seems to be a time machine to the past. There are many places that haven't changed in half a century or more. In the middle of downtown Quetzaltenango (aka Xela -"SHAY-la"-) on the main plaza kitty corner to the cathedral is the Museo de Historia Natural. It's up a flight of stairs and not well lit. Whether you are interested in...

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  • Iglesia y Convento de la Recolección,...

    The Iglesia y Convento de la Recolección was built by friars recoletos between 1701 and 1708. The impressive ruins you see today are what remain after the massive earthquake of 1773. Considering the number of ruined churches and monasteries there are to see in Antigua, admission to this one is quite expensive, but you can see most of the ruins, for...

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  • Panajachel

    Panajachel, with a population of 15,000, is the biggest town on the shores of Lago de Atitlan. It is also the main tourist centre, with plenty of hotels and restaurants. Boat trips round the lake depart from here.

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  • San Antonio Palopó

    San Antonio Palopó is a Mayan village on a steep hillside on the eastern shore of Lago de Atitlán. with a population of just 2650, it is one of the smaller lakeside villages, but I found it the most interesting, perhaps because they were preparing for a fiesta when I was there. There is also an interesting weaving workshop here, where you can buy...

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  • San Pedro de Laguna

    San Pedro de Laguna is a lakeside Mayan village near the western end of Lago de Atitlan. People here wear traditional clothes and the local market is very photogenic. San Pedro is a good place to buy local textiles and coffee.

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  • Santiago Atitlán

    Santiago Atitlán is a Mayan village on the south shore of Lago de Atitlán. It is surrounded by three volcanoes: Volcán de San Pedro, Volcán Tolimán and Volcán Atitlán. The main attractions are the shrine of Maximón and the church in the square. People here wear traditional clothes and market days on Fridays and Sundays are colourful affairs.

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  • Flores

    Flores is a pretty town on an island in Lago de Peten Itza. It is connected to the mainland by a 500m causeway. It was founded by the Itza people after they were driven out of Chichen Itza. It is believed that this was the last stronghold of the Mayans before they were finally conquered by the Spaniards in the 17th century. The Spanish totally...

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  • Tikal

    TIP IN PROGRESSTikal, with its soaring pyramids reaching a height of more than 70 metres, is the most impressive of all the Mayan sites. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the best places in Central America to see wildlife.Admission: $7Opening hours: 6am-6pm

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