Private Tour: Antigua Guatemala Half Day Tour
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- $ 45
Antigua Guatemala, Once the third largest city in all of Spanish Colonial America and for 200 years the capital of Guatemala, 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 in Guatemala City and transfer to Antigua Guatemala to meet our local guide to begin your soft walking of approximately 3 hours below a brief summary of what to expect on your way.
The Cerro de la Cruz (formerly known as the Cerro del Manchen) is a small mountain, Its current name is due to a cross that guards the city, From its top you can see perfectly the entire city. Its streets and avenues, its Plaza Mayor to the center and all its other buildings that include churches, convents, houses and cobblestone streets.
The Convent of Santo Domingo is a ruined monastery in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala. Its history goes back to 1538 when the Dominicans arrived in Guatemala. It had 2 towers with 10 bells. The convent was completely destroyed in 1773 by the Santa Marta earthquakes and now part of its ruins have been transformed into a Hotel
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Guatemala City.
- Hotel pick up & drop off
- Local guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach, van or minivan
- Meal not included