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17 Best Things To Do In Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala and well known for its colonial buildings.

You can hike up to the cross “cerro de la cruz” and enjoy an incredible view on the city, make a tour to one of the volcanoes surrounding Antigua, go shopping on the Artisans Market or walk the famous street “Calle del Arco de Santa Catalina” and take a photo with the Arch.

Read here 17 Best things to do in Antigua, Guatemala.

1. Hike up to the cross “cerro de la cruz” and enjoy an incredible view on the city.

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2. Get in touch with the locals on “plaza central”.

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3. Taste the delicious Guatemalan food in one of the local restaurants.

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4. Make a tour to one of the volcanoes surrounding Antigua.

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5. Listen to the performance of local musicians.

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6. Learn how to dance salsa in one of the salsa schools.

7. Go shopping on the Artisans Market.

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8. Visit the church San Francisco and take photos in the ruins.

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9. Did you know that Antigua has a nightlife? Start at Lava Bar, the perfect place for a drink at sunset, and go on to the other bars that are all close to “plaza central”.

10. Walk the famous street “Calle del Arco de Santa Catalina” and take a photo with the Arch.

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11. Enjoy a carriage ride through Antigua.

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12. Participate in a coffee tour and learn about the process of making coffee.

13. Visit the Convento de las Capuchinas (Capuchinas Convent).

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14. Visit “La Merced” Church.

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15. Walk along the streets, take photos and buy some souvenirs.

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16. Visit some of Antigua’s small museums including a chocolate museum, a military museum and an old printing press and book museum.

17. Bargain on one of the Handicrafts Markets.

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My Hotel recommendation for Antigua, Guatemala

I highly recommend you to stay at Posada del Angel Hotel. It is a unique accommodation in an old colonial building. The whole design and furniture fits perfectly to Antigua and integrates Antigua’s Maya and Spanish heritages. The hotel is located just a few blocks from the main square of Antigua on a calm cobblestone street. The area around the hotel is very safe and you can reach everything by walking.

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Disclaimer: I was a guest at Posada del Angel, Antigua. My opinions, as always, are solely my own. 

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Monday 7th of May 2018

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.

Silvia

Friday 16th of December 2016

To taste the most authentic Guatemalan typical food you must visit "La Cueva de los Urquizu". Its a little restaurant that has been there as long as I can remember and daily they make all the traditional foods. You must visit "Finca Filadelfia" coffee plantation ( the have a zip line) and at the markets the big thing is to "bargain" you never pay what they ask for ... They are used to this...they start high and you offer less.." Also, if you have a hang over.. You "must" try a Picosita. Its beer with a concoction of lime juice, salt, and other things, hot sauce...delicious. People drive from the city just to drink them! They have a food truck serving them... Can you tell I have been there? Another place to go to is Los Dulces de "Dona Maria." Artesanal candy which i guarantee you have never tried anything like it before! Homemade daily. Delish.... I am hoping to take a group to Antigua for a Yoga retreat in 2017!

Marie

Friday 28th of December 2018

I agree with Silvia! La Cuevíta de los Urquizú Restaurante in Antigua, Guatemala. Beautiful old colonial building and fantastic food! It's where the locals eat.

Silvia

Friday 16th of December 2016

I love Antigua. My ultimate dream is to live there some day. I love the fact that you can walk everywhere and its safe. Of course I would not recommend walking at night away from the main plaza just in case. Antigua is unique....and they make awesome Mojitos????

Natasha Amar

Monday 1st of February 2016

Love the look of the handicrafts markets- a lot of the designs and colors of the handicrafts made in Central America remind me of those I'd seen being made in Sapa, Vietnam.

universaltraveller

Monday 1st of February 2016

That sounds interesting @natashaamar:disqus :) I love the colors of the handicrafts here.

Once in a Lifetime Journey

Monday 1st of February 2016

Food culture and volcanoes are good enough reasons in themselves to visit. antigua always had me at the colorful cultural immersion

universaltraveller

Monday 1st of February 2016

There are so many reasons to visit this city :)

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