Visit iconic locations in Antigua including La Merced Church, Santa Catalina Arch, and Central Park. Then explore Guatemala City’s Las Americas Avenue and Berlin Plaza.
UNESCO JEWELS: Antigua Guatemala Jade Factory & Surrounding Villas Full Day Tour from Guatemala City
- Adult Ages 10+
- Child Ages 2-10
An Exciting Day Around Antigua, Guatemala!
Antigua Guatemala, Once the third largest city in all of Spanish Colonial America and for 200 years the capital of Guatemalan Kingdom, it is today a peaceful, beautiful and partially restored colonial city. Cobblestone streets wind through the city of majestic churches and monasteries.
You will be picked up at your hotel (selected hotels) in Guatemala City and transfer to our meeting point in Antigua Guatemala to meet our local guide we will begin our soft walking of approximately 3 hours below a brief summary of what to expect on your way.
La Merced Church of Guatemalan Ultrabaroque style, this temple has two bell towers. On the facade of the church, in its upper part is a sculpture of San Pedro Nolasco, founder of the Mercedarian Order.
Santa Catalina Arch, built to connect the nuns between cloisters to avoid being seen due to the votes that the religious who belonged to that Order took, After the earthquakes of 1773, the arch became important due to the arrangements that were made. These arrangements included the construction of a turret and the inclusion of a Lamy Amp Lacroix watch of French origin.
Central Park surrounded by the traditional grid pattern used frequently in urban planning in the Spanish colonies. The park is surrounded by the Palace of the General Captains, the Town Hall, the Cathedral of San Jose and the Trade Portal.
Here in the park, we will also find the Las Sirenas fountain. This fountain has a traditional oral where the Count of La Gomera ordered to build the fountain in memory of his daughters, who in giving birth did not want to breastfeed their children for what the count ordered To tie his daughters to a trunk in the center of a waterhole, where they died of thirst and hunger.
Continue our way we will visit the La Unión tank, which is one of the most representative laundries in this city, only the big houses had a place where they could be washed. For this reason, most of the inhabitants – housewives – went to public laundries. This was inaugurated on February 3, 1853.
Jade Factory and Museum The jade is cut and polished in the factory by local Guatemalan workers who follow the carving traditions of their ancestors, Ancient civilizations appreciated the jadeite jade stones as ornaments, tools, and burial artifacts.
El Carmen Ruins, The facade of the church was built with stucco-covered bricks, it had two levels with 24 columns in total, distributed in two towers of 6 columns each, this detail makes the temple still unique today. To one side of these ruins is the El Carmen Craft Market.where you can find a lot of Guatemalan souvenirs.
Time for Lunch (Not Included)
We will continue visiting the surrounding villages, San Antonio Aguas Calientes town that is characterized by its elaborate weavings made in waist looms by women of the community in our visit to the market we can see how they make these textiles, continue visiting the town of Ciudad Vieja to learn about its history.
To end our tour we will visit a Macadamia farm where we will learn about the cultivation of macadamia nuts, their agroindustrial process and the reforestation project and relax with a facial massage with macadamia oil.
At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back Guatemala City by our driver.
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off ( Pre selected hotels)
- Local guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach, van or minivan
- Meal not included
- Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.
- If you are lodging in Zone 1, our only pick-up point is at the Hotel Panamerican.
- If you are lodging in an airbnb please move to the nearest hotel lobby and please let us know of its name.