Antigua is somewhat of a scene from a beautiful and historic movie, with pastel-colored buildings, church-ruins, and colonial architecture throughout the city. Though the city name translates into ancient, there is still a youthful spirit throughout the entire city that you can feel. With a down-to-earth personality, laid-back energy, and beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder why Antigua is Guatemala’s most visited destination.
Once the capital of Guatemala and withstanding numerous volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, the capital was then moved to a safer alternative – Guatemala City. Though, Antigua still has preserved much of its stunning architecture and deep history.
Historical Antigua is an UNESCO Site
With so many of the building being preserved, the city is actually a UNESCO site as well. The Arco de Santa Catalina is the most frequently visited and recognized attraction, however, there is also the Cathedral de Santiago. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, it was rebuilt and remains a popular tourist attraction for people to come and see. With history being a big deal in Antigua, there are also many religious buildings and churches which you can explore as well. Religious holidays, such as Christmas, also attract a higher number of visitors who come for the festivals and events held throughout the city.
Try a Diversity of Activities
With the city sitting within the foothills of three active volcanoes, this makes Antigua a great place for some stunning views and incredible hiking. For a short hike, try Pacaya. Otherwise, visit Acatenango Volcano for an overnight stay. For something different, you can also stay in the Hobbit village, which was inspired by the Lord of the Rings at the Hobbitenango hotel.
With Guatemala being at the forefront of exporting some of the world’s favorite things such as chocolate and coffee, a visit to the city also means you are supporting these local farmers. There are many sustainable, eco-friendly and organic family-run plantations and farms that you can tour. Additionally, do not forget to visit the farmer’s markets as you can sample some delicious, fresh and traditional dishes from Guatemala.
For a dining experience, be sure to visit the Frida Kahlo-themed Mexican restaurant – Fridas – that serves margaritas and great local favorites.
Get Connected with Nature in Guatemala
Finally, if you want to get the best experience, get connected with nature at the Earth Lodge. Located on a stunning avocado farm, the lodge is fully sustainable and offers beautiful views of the mountains and delicious home-cooked meals.
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