Explore this beautiful, peaceful city and visit La Merced Church, Central Park, La Unión tank, and a macadamia nut farm. Discover the culture of Antigua, Guatemala!
- Adult Ages 10+
- Child Ages 2-10
Visit Iconic Sights in Antigua & Guatemala City
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.
Next, we transfer to Guatemala City to start our sightseeing tour through the city.
First, we will visit Las Americas Avenue, a road with a central garden and several plazas and monuments in honor of the countries of the American continent.
Continue to Berlin Plaza were we can see three pieces of concrete brought from Germany; these are original sections of the Berlin Wall and from here you can view part of the city and the landscape of the volcanoes.
La Reforma was built and inspired by the avenues of France. For this reason, various statues carved in stone, bronze, and marble were brought from Italy.
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off
- Local guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach, van or minivan