To immerse yourself in the cobble-stoned charm of La Antigua is to become intimately connected with Guatemala’s enthralling history and legends. You’ve discovered a vibrant destination, where Spanish Conquistadores once held sway and legendary craftsman labored to create some of the world’s most exquisite monuments. Founded in 1543, La Antigua stands as one of the best-conserved colonial settlements on the American continent. Explore the spectacular San José Cathedral, browse fascinating museums and tour magnificent ruins and other attractions that have captivated travelers from around the world.
In addition to being designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, La Antigua, Guatemala has developed a reputation among travelers as one of the most fascinating cultural cities. This area was awarded the Wanderlust Travel Award for Top City in 2009 and more than 25,000 readers of Condé Nast Traveler have annually chosen La Antigua, Guatemala as one of the top ten cities during each of the past five years.
Marvel at exquisite paintings in the Colonial Art Museum. Visit La Azotea Cultural Center, the textile museum, hotel Museo Casa Santo Domingo or the Capuchinas Convent. Venture into the stunning church and convent of San Francisco and then mingle with friendly Antiguans at the markets and cafes or in the bustling Central Plaza.
Discover an array of exciting outdoor attractions just beyond the city. Watch local wildlife while admiring miles of lush trees and colorful flora during a guided canopy tour. Explore a macadamia nut plantation or the fantastic local handicraft market. Find out the complete process at a working coffee plantation. Go on the most incredible canopy tour or hike the active Volcan Pacaya. Plan a day trip to the Mayan city of Iximché, the market town of Chichicastenango or escape to the tranquility of Lake Atitlan. For the most adventurous guests, there are volcano hikes, mountain biking opportunities, river kayaking excursions, golf outings or deep-sea fishing charters off the Pacific coast (only 45 minutes away).
For assistance with arranging tours, recreational activities or anything else you might want to experience during your visit to La Antigua, Guatemala, please ask our boutique hotel staff.
Convent and Arch of Santa Catalina
Ten minutes - walking
Located near Central Plaza, Arco de Santa Catalina is an Antigua icon. When it was first constructed in the 17th century, it connected the Santa Catalina convent to a school. That key feature allowed the cloistered nuns to pass from one building to the other without venturing to the street.
Antique Book Museum
Ten minutes - walking
This intimate museum is located in Central Plaza and houses a diverse selection of Colonial era books, landmark city documents and replicas of printing presses from the 1600s. Most notably, it displays the first edition of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s influential novel The Indigenous Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha.
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
15 minutes - walking
Antigua’s Museums Promenade offers a range of fascinating museums in one complex. You can wander through a fascinating array of incredibly informative attractions, including the Colonial Museum, the Archeology Museum, the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Modern Glass, the Marco Augusto Quiroa and the Artist Halls, the Silver Museum and the Pharmacy Museum.
15 minutes - walking
The jade is cut and polished in this factory by native Guatemalan workers who follow the carving traditions of their ancestors. This company has evolved as a leader in reintroducing Maya jade to the world through the discovery, mining and working of Guatemala's fine jadeite jade. The source of jade discovered by archaeologist Mary Lou Ridinger and her husband Jay Ridinger in 1974, is the same used by the Maya people of Mesoamerica. An interesting visit!
One of the most famous markets in Guatemala, Chichicastenango attracts artisans from surrounding towns to sell their handicrafts, textiles, silver goods, ceramics and wood crafts. Fruits and vegetables are also available.
Volcan de Pacaya
No trip to Antigua is complete without exploring the volcanoes outside of the city. Hike the breathtaking landscape of the impressive Pacaya, which is Guatemala’s most active volcano, and enjoy views of three other nearby volcanoes when you reach the 8,000-foot summit, Agua, Fuego and Acatenango.
Nestled in the cradle of lush hillsides and magnificent volcanoes, Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. A destination that can not be missed!
St. Joseph Cathedral
This beautiful church features grand architecture and serves as the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Hartford. It offers weekly church, prayer and music services.