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.
- 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 Guatemala, 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 to meet your local guide to begin your easy, three-hour walking tour after a brief summary of what to expect on your way.
Visit 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.
You’ll also see 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, including the construction of a turret and the inclusion of a Lamy Amp Lacroix watch of French origin.
Walk through 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. In traditional tales, the Count of La Gomera ordered the construction of 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.
Continuing on our way, we visit the La Unión tank, which is one of the most representative laundries in this city. Only the big houses had a place where clothes could be washed. For this reason, most of the inhabitants – housewives – went to public laundries. This was inaugurated on February 3, 1853.
We visit the surrounding villages, San Antonio Aguas Calientes town that is characterized by its elaborate weavings made in waist looms by women of the community. During our visit to the market, we can see how they make these textiles. Visi the towns of San Miguel Dueñas and Ciudad Vieja to learn about their history.
To end our tour we visit a macadamia farm where we will learn about the cultivation of macadamia nuts, their agro-industrial 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 to your hotel.
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off
- Local guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach, van or minivan
- Meal not included