During the Antigua Guatemala stopover tour you will go through the main streets and attractions of this colonial city. Antigua is considered to be the most beautiful colonial city of the Americas. Antigua is famous for its well-preserved Spanish architecture as well as a number of stunning ruins of colonial convents and churches. Besides the beautiful architecture, the triple ascent of the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango form a majestic background to this city. Antigua Guatemala is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Humanity.
Today you will visit the colonial towns close by to Antigua. Here you will experience the local markets and the city centers. After this tour you will have the option to participate in a cooking class with a Guatemalan family. Learn how to make a simple local dish.
Additional, explore three villages nearby. San Juan del Obispo is the place known for the first archbishop’s palace in Guatemala and for their handmade wine. It was founded by Bishop Francisco Marroquin who built this palace. Ciudad Vieja contains the ruins of the second colonial capital.
While San Antonio Aguas Calientes village will share the beauties of its colonial white church and the many skills of weaving. It will be difficult to choose one favorite by the end of the day.
Antigua Guatemala is situated very close to the capital of the country, Guatemala City. The quaint and charming colonial city, leading icon of the Hispanic colonial heritage. It is localized in the Panchoy Valley and it is surrounded by three majestic volcanoes, mountains, and coffee plantations. It was recognized as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Its cobblestone streets and ancient buildings conform to a scenery, where splendorous cultural and religious traditions appear. Romanticism floats in every street of the city; therefore, it is an amazing location to organize weddings and special events. Travelers may choose among great, colonial hotels, boutique hotels, and lovely hotels with first class setting-ups for conferences and business congresses in an inspirational environment.
Antigua Guatemala is the ideal destination for religious tourism during Holy Week, the most beautiful festival of Latin America .This festival is very famous, especially for its catholic awareness, faith, and the beauty of its particular and amazing processions and colorful carpets.
What to expect
A professional guide will pick you up from your hotel in Antigua Guatemala or from Guatemala City International Airport. You will tour around the main areas of Antigua Guatemala, such as La Merced church and the Cathedral. Handmade wine, fruits, handicrafts and coffee plantations await you in “The Land of Loquat,” which is the colonial town of San Juan del Obispo.
Take in the site built for the first archbishop’s palace in Guatemala and enjoy the views of Water Volcano from this town. Ciudad Vieja provides the history of a previous capital of Guatemala. The neighborhood of San Miguel Escobar holds the ruins of the colonial capital.
One of the most incredible handmade views of the day will be to see the traditional clothing, women’s blouses, in San Antonio Aguas Calientes village. These blouses have a 2-faced weave, which makes the front and back identical. See the importance of weaving in this indigenous Mayan town. The Antigua Guatemala stopover tour is packed with many colonial views and information.
Antigua Guatemala Stopover Tour
$60 per guest
Departure and Return Location: Traveler pickup from Guatemala City international airport, and hotels in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala
Departure Time: To be determined based on your flight’s itinerary
Expenses included: private transportation, certified guides, entrance fees, water, and taxes
Not included: gratuity for staff, travel and cancellation insurance, and other expenses than indicated
The price is based in 4 participants
This is a private day tour, therefore only your group will participate
Activity level: Easy, most travelers can participate