Colonial Antigua & Hot Springs

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Adult Ages 10+

Learn about Colonial Antigua & Unwind in Thermal Pools

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.

At the end of our walking tour, we transfer to the hot springs where we can enjoy their healing properties.

Kawilal is a world of relaxation, where the most important elements of nature are present in this unique place of thermal waters. The mixed fire and heat of the Pacaya Volcano give us the thermal waters and vapors.

It has a complex that promotes sustainable tourism in our country, and has 12 thermal pools, thermal circuit, steam baths, and three hydrotherapy baths. The spa offers relaxing massages, reflexology, shiatsu for relaxation, manicures, and pedicures, among other treatments.