Antigua, an enchanting city in Guatemala. The third capital of Guatemala is officially known as Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala. After the capital was relocated to its current location, the old one was abandoned by the authorities. Everyone began to call it “Antigua Ciudad” (old city), and the name stuck.
Many travelers arriving in Guatemala head straight to Antigua because of its relaxed atmosphere and picturesque surroundings. The best way to get to know the city is by strolling around.
Sitting on a bench in the park and observing life around you is one of the best ways to enjoy Antigua.
There are plenty of things to do in and around Antigua Guatemala. You’ll find a wide variety of places to eat, have a cocktail, or simply hang out.
Let yourself be captivated by the rich history, beautiful architecture, and vibrant culture of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Antigua will surely enchant you with its cobbled streets, colorful colonial buildings, and breathtaking volcanic landscapes.
As a Guatemalan who has lived near the capital, Antigua was always a fun weekend getaway for us as a family. One of our favorite places was Santo Domingo del Cerro, where we stayed in an airstream camper in the mountains.
Some places you must not miss when you come to Antigua:
- The Santa Catalina Arch. Probably the most emblematic place in Antigua. If photography is one of your hobbies, try to come early in the morning to have a better chance of finding a clear shot.
- The Central Park. The heart of social life, where locals and visitors gather.
- Cerro de la Cruz. An great viewpoing from a hill where a stone cross stands. It’s a beautiful hike and a popular spot among locals.
- Casa Santo Domingo. A 5-star hotel, museum and attraction located on the grounds of the Santo Domingo Monastery.
- The Central/Artisan Market. Packed with street food, fresh produce, artisanal goods and everything you can imagine. The place to catch a glimpse of the local culture and daily life. Or where you can negotiate for colorful souvenirs to take home.
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