Being from Guatemala and having visited Antigua multiple times, I’ve witnessed its transformation into a popular tourist hot spot. Despite its touristy nature, every time I visit, Antigua continues to captivate me with something new to see. This article will cover the must-see attractions in Antigua Guatemala.
Once the old capital of Guatemala, Antigua is a must-see destination that combines rich heritage and natural beauty. From it’s cobbled streets that reveal splendid ruins like the iconic Arco de Santa Catalina, picturesque plazas buzzing with local culture, and magnificent churches such as La Merced.
If that’s not enough, Antigua is embraced by stunning volcanic landscapes, with the majestic Volcán de Agua providing a dramatic backdrop and nearby volcanoes like Acatenango and Fuego.
Take a peek at what you will find in this article below:
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Antigua Travel Tips
|Money Accepted:||Cash is king in Guatemala but since Antigua is more popular for tourists, most places are able to accept card.|
|Safety In Amatitlan Guatemala:||Antigua is super safe given its popularity with tourists and many lamp posts will have cameras to monitor activity.|
|Friendly To Tourists:||100%, so be friendly back. 😀|
|How Far Is Antigua To Guatemala City:||45 min – 1 hour drive from Guatemala City depending on traffic.|
|Ways To Get To Antigua:||Shuttle – I booked GUATEGO shuttle service to/from the airport and they were very reliable and affordable.|
Car Rental – Depending on the number in your group and what else you plan to see in Guatemala beyond Antigua, renting a car may be a cheaper option. Book your rental HERE
|Length Of Stay:||To explore Antiuga in Guatemala, I would recommend 2-3 days if you want to enjoy the activities mentioned below.|
Top Must-See Attractions In Antigua Guatemala
|Stroll through the historic colonial town and be sure to snap a pic under the arch.|
|Climb the various volcanos. The 2 more popular volcanos being|
– ACATENANGO (Book the 2 day trek tour HERE)
– PACAYA (Book the 1/2 day trek tour HERE).
|Walk through the famous Santa Catalina arch, souvenir shop in what seems like a never ending market.|
|Don’t miss visiting Central Park, the various museums and old monasteries. This walking tour HERE is a cool option to see the city like a local.|
|Grab street food at Iglesia de La Merced, It’s super popular on Sunday.|
|Take a cooking class at “LA TORTILLA COOKING SCHOOL”. Our group learned to make 5 Guatemalan dishes during the class while enjoying unlimited wine.|
|Visit a coffee plantation on a quad bike. Learn all about the way coffee is grown and what makes Guatemalan coffee so unique. Book this unique tour that”s fun for all ages, HERE.|
|Check out the night life and its various cocktail bars or craft breweries for delicious drinks. El Bosque de Antigua Cerveza offers beer flights and in a cool environment. |
FYI: Rum is the liquor of choice in Guatemala with brands like “Ron Zacapa”, “Venado” and “Quezalteca” among the popular options. If beer is what you fancy then “Gallo” is the way to go.
|Explore Altamira and its artistic trail in the national reserve. There is a restaurant on site which offers nice brunch options, which I would recommend. [A 30 minute drive from Antigua.] |
If you want to visit using an ATV or mule then this tour HERE is for you.
|See more things worth checking out while in Antigua HERE|
Antigua Accommodation Options
Ojala, – Obsessed with this stunningly decorated boutique accommodation. Offering hostel beds and private rooms, all with breakfast included and 24 hour front desk.
Selina Antigua – Beautiful hostel In Antigua for this big chain. Garden is perfect for lounging, fun bar and nightly events. Note this isn’t a party hostel, so a good nights rest is sure to be had.
Hotel Casa Rustica by AHS – Hotel is situate in the center of Antigua and close to all the major attractions. There are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby including Ta’Cool Taco for lunch or Cafe Boheme for breakfast. Rooms were clean, spacious and the two rooftop terraces provide beautiful views of the volcanoes. For those with a vehicle, parking is available off-site for an additional charge.
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