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"Antigua Market Cooking Class and Choco Museum from Guatemala City""Pick up from your hotel in Guatemala City will be at 8:30am. Your guide will take you to the Antigua street market to take a 2-hour tour where you can see and smell the ingredients used for Guatemalan cooking. After your market tour you will return to th your expert chef will start by teaching you about the Spanish and Mayan cultural influences on Guatemalan flavors. Learn about the staple ingredients and foods used by natives including corn peppers and beans. For your own meal you’ll get to prepare one main dish
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Antigua Market Cooking Class and Choco Museum in Antigua
"Pick up from your hotel in Guatemala City will be at 8:30am. Your guide will take you to the Antigua street market to take a 2-hour tour where you can see and smell the ingredients used for Guatemalan cooking. After your market tour you will return to th your expert chef will start by teaching you about the Spanish and Mayan cultural influences on Guatemalan flavors. Learn about the staple ingredients and foods used by natives including corn peppers and beans. For your own meal you’ll get to prepare one main dish such as hilachas or tamales two side dishes and one dessert
From $150.00
 
Quetzaltenango Street Food Tour
"You will start this tour walking   the 14th Avenue one block away from  the most important avenue in Xela to taste the Tostadas de Guacamole de Don Richard delicious fried corn tortillas with avocado. After this amazing experience you will walk walk to the 4th street to visit Doña Josefina Indigenous local K’iche woman here you will drink atolito de Elote and eat famous chuchitos with tomato sauce.You  will take a cooking class from Doña Letty and  learn how to prepare the Rellenitos famous in Guatemala for the combination of plantains (bananas) and sweet beans.For Lunch or dinner you cannot miss the Quichom (lunch) with rice and made hand tortillas
From $32.00

Antigua Ruins Tips (34)

Santo Domingo- Colonial Art Museum

This small museum in the Santo Domingo complex preserves some of the best colonial art in Antigua. It's set in an old colonial university building opposite the cathedral that is now converted into this museum.

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Mar 19, 2016

Iglesia San Jose de Viejo

These church ruins date from 1740 but the building was abandoned soon after as a result of the 1773 earthquake. The grounds of this church are closed so you have to content yourself with a glance at the façade.

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Jim_Eliason
Mar 19, 2016

La Recoleccion

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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Feb 01, 2014

Museums at Casa Santo Domingo

A collection of small museums housed in the 5-star hotel Casa Santo Domingo. The hotel, which is very upmarket, is built on and incorporates the ruins of the old Dominican church complex. Of the museums, I think the best is the one housing a collection of pre-Columbian art and modern glass work. It's interesting juxtaposition although I'm not sure that it really worked for me. The Mayan collection was very interesting and well labelled in English.

The ruins of the church are also worth exploring with the crypts being worth a visit.

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Feb 12, 2011
 
 
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the Cathedral of San Jose Ruins

Behind the rebuilt Cathedral of San Jose are the ruins of what must have been at one time the most impressive cathedral in Latin America. The first Cathedral was built on this site in 1545. The ruins that can be visited today date from the 1773 earthquake.

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Apr 27, 2008

Santo Domingo

This church ruin is accessed via the Casa Santo Domingo hotel. The site is one of the more expensive entry fees in Antigua but it includes the ruins and 3 or 4 onsite museums. It by far the best preserved and presented ruin and museum in Antigua

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Apr 26, 2008

Ermita de la Santa Cruz

A bit off the beaten path and well away from the center of Antigua, this small structure is considered one of the oldest remaining religious ruins. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was built in the late 17th century. Only the ornate facade remains but from what is left one can tell that this small structure was once a grand piece of religious architecture. The area in front of the chapel has been restored to include a stage (with the chapel facade as a stunning backdrop) and amphitheater seating for cultural events and concerts.

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Hopkid
Nov 28, 2007

Iglesia del Carmen

The facade of this ruined church is stunning with its intricately carved columns. It is also impressive due to the amount of damage that it have obviously sustained. A look through the locked iron gate reveals a large amount of rubble within. Built in 1728 it was completely destroyed in 1773 and lies in the same state as it was in immediately following that disaster over 240 years ago. A traditional Mayan craft market sets up directly in front of the church each day.

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Nov 27, 2007

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Iglesia y Convento de las Capuchinas

Established by an order of Capuchin nuns in the mid-1700s, the grounds are well-maintained while restoration efforts continue to this day. Seriously damanged during the 1773 earthquake, the convent was abandonded. The interior grounds are pretty with well-groomed gardens and interior rooms with interesting architectural features. Of main interest are the nuns rooms or cells which are situated around a circular courtyard on the second floor. The rooms are small but have their own bathroom and study area. There is a renovated room which depicts what it must have been like when in use during the 18th century.

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Nov 25, 2007

Iglesia y Convento de Santa Clara

Originally established by an order of nuns from Mexico, the current structure was built between 1703 and 1734. Heavily damaged in 1773 it was abandoned and further damaged by another earthquake in 1874. The impressive amount that remains gives visitors an indication of the largeness of the facility when it was still in operation. The exterior facade of the church behind the outside walls includes intricate and ornate carvings and figures. The cloister area is also pretty and tranquil with a small fountain in the center.

This is one of the more impressive of the ruins in Antigua and definitely worth a visit.

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Nov 25, 2007

Colegio de San Jeronimo

Friars of the Merced order were responsible for this structure, built in 1757. However it was closed a few years later when it was discovered that it did not have a royal license from the King of Spain to operate. As a result it was taken over by the Spanish government of King Carlos III which eventually converted its use to that of a customs house. It was later destroyed in the 1773 earthquake.

The small facade can be viewed up close and without paying the entry fee on the west side of the complex. A small fee is required to enter the grounds and to go inside of the remaining structure which includes the cloister surrounding a pretty garden with an octogonal fountain. It is a small set of ruins and you can decide if it's worth the entry fee by looking in from the entry kiosk before paying. We paid to go in and were glad we did.

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Nov 25, 2007

Iglesia y Convento de la Recoleccion

The ruins here are among the most impressive and easily accessible in Antigua. Located in the northwest corner of town, the fallen walls and ceiling of the church lie where they fell during the earthquake of 1773. Upon examining the fallen boulder-sized brick and plaster work one can tell that the Antiquenos took the seismic threat very seriously as the walls are several feet thick. Its setting beyond an expanse of lawn upon entering the grounds after paying the fee is impressive. Visitors are free to walk amongst the ruins inside and outside of the church.

On our visit we were the only ones there which made for a nice, tranquillo visit. There isn't a whole lot to see except the ruins but they are impressive and worth the entry fee in my opinion.

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Nov 25, 2007

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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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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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