Things to Do in Antigua

Things to Do in Antigua, Guatemala - Antigua Attractions

Things to Do in Antigua

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  • Naomi K
    1 contribution
    Great experience, amazing view of the volcano! Tropicana provide clothes to rent so you are well equipped. Guides are super helpful. This is a very challenging tour but so worth it. Wish I’d have been told that you buy more equipment like walking sticks and flash lights at the start of the trek and can buy drinks and snacks as we wish we had more money left to give a bigger tip.
    Written October 2, 2022
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  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,209 contributions
    Despite being listed as a attraction in antigua, pacaya volcano is located around an hour an half’s drive from same.

    To visit it you will need to either have your own wheels or do it as part of a tour. I don’t believe public transport is a great option. We did a day tour with ox expeditions at a cost of 470Q (add on another 100Q for entrance cost). These tours are really half days - ours left at 0600 and had us back in antigua shortly after 1pm. CA travel also offer a similar day tour.

    The tours all follow a similar itinerary. Starts with a fairly steep hike up one side. Couple of stops at miradors before you reach the lava field. The lava field is still somewhat active so they use the rocks to roast marshmallows for a gimmick.

    The lava field allows views of the volcano top but you don’t get that close to the summit.

    Following the lava field you go across the base before descending the other side. The other side is wider and less steep. This is the side that the horses exist on and so if you start from this side you can hitch a ride up. Some do it as a loop going from just the one side.

    Overall I was happy with the experience and would recommend this to others. I didn’t think the hiking element was all that difficult for those with average fitness.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • TessE
    Cincinnati, OH48 contributions
    Ok, this needs to be a thing. Wake up and drink a cup of what tastes like chocolate tea, full of antioxidants and all things good. Cool place!
    Written August 5, 2022
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  • Don Pedro
    Antigua, Guatemala3 contributions
    One of the most beautiful walks to do if you are in Antigua, easy and accessible to all, you can also rent a tuctuc. the view of Antigua is exceptional, not to be missed, good walk.
    Written September 18, 2022
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  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,209 contributions
    So this used to be a large Dominican monastery in 1542. It consisted of numerous buildings. Unfortunately a lot of the buildings were significantly damaged over the subsequent centuries by frequent earthquakes and the ruins were intermittently harvested for stone. In 1970 the ruins were purchased privately and excavated by a North America archeologist.

    Following this the site was purchased and a large portion of it converted into the casa Santo Domingo hotel. A significant number of buildings however were preserved and some repurposed. These other buildings beyond the hotel can be viewed by tourists for a cost of 40Q.

    Finding this place is a little tricky. You can go through the casa Santo Domingo hotels foyer or alternatively there is another entry on 1a Av Norte. The one on Avenue Norte however will display ‘University de San Carlos’ or something similar.

    After entering you follow a fairly typical path visiting about 6 museums (silver, colonial focusing on religious art, archeological, precolombino, popular art, farmacia). It sounds like a lot of museums but in reality they are all quite small. In addition to this you get to view some interesting ruins and well maintained gardens.

    It took us about 1.5 hours to get through this place which was a lot quicker than what I was expecting.
    I thought it was enjoyable and would recommend it to others.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • TessE
    Cincinnati, OH48 contributions
    Central plaza is quite lovely and great place to meet after exploring the city on foot. It's safe to roam and soak up the culture in Antiqua. So beautiful and great vibe.
    Written August 5, 2022
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  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,209 contributions
    The Arco de Santa Catalina is a famous arch that was built in 1694 over 5a avenda Norte. It’s original purpose was to allow nuns from the Santa Catalina convent to cross the street without being seen (thus the name).

    These days it’s a famous photo opportunity/postcard of your stay in antigua.

    Being on the Main Street it doesn’t cost anything to ‘visit’.

    You’ll only need two minutes here to take a photo and then continue on.
    Written September 27, 2022
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  • KC
    8 contributions
    Had an incredible solo-brunch date at this gorgeous farm. The ham and cheese omelette was so tasty, came with all these fabulous sides, a salad that made me feel healthier than I had in weeks, and attentive service. Great wifi- posted up for an hour long meeting that never dropped.
    Written July 31, 2022
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  • Lisseth
    3 contributions
    The Church built 1702, tradition, history, love to God. When I am in Antigua, I do visit St. Francis
    Written May 2, 2022
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  • robjustrob
    Lethbridge, Canada1,792 contributions
    this old church is beautiful but really shines at night. it presents some pretty good opportunities to take some remarkable pictures, too bad we couldnt get inside it.
    Written December 5, 2021
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  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, WA3,014 contributions
    With a nice cone shape and fairly close to Antigua, Volcan Agua will show up in many of your vacation photographs. You could do worse.
    Written July 31, 2022
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  • ALR
    Georgia Coast, GA11 contributions
    These ruins and adjacent intact structures are well worth a visit. You can explore basically on your own.
    Written September 10, 2022
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  • KC
    8 contributions
    Perfect place to get dressed up and take some lovely photos, feel like you're back in time and get inside some classic colonial ruins.
    Written July 31, 2022
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  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,209 contributions
    There is quite a lot of history to this building. After being built in 1545 the cathedral suffered a series of earthquakes including the 1773 earthquake that destroyed Antigua and caused the capital to be moved to Guatemala City.

    Following the earthquake over the next century the building was only partially reconstructed. The current parish of San Jose can be seen from the central plaza but doesn’t occupy the entire block. Behind San Jose lies the ruins of the original cathedral.

    To view the ruins you can pay 20Q. This area isn’t huge and will only take perhaps 15-20 minutes to explore. There is a a couple of crypts in this area also. The activity offers the customer a chance to take some cool photos but is probably a bit overpriced.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • Cassie G
    46 contributions
    Great tour and bracelet making class. Instructors are very patient and speak great English. Learned a lot about textiles from all over Guatemala. Highly recommend if you’re in the nearby Antigua area.
    Written August 12, 2022
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