Walk around in this wonderful city and learn about the Guatemalan history during colonial times. We start the tour with the Cathedral that was built in 1680 and with the fountain on the main square, where we explain the history of the city by means of surrounding examples of colonial architecture. Next we visit the San Francisco el Grande Church which was built in 1702. It is one of the best-preserved churches in Antigua and the resting place of the first saint in Central-America, Hermano Pedro. We then walk to the beautiful baroque church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced, one of Antigua’s most beautiful colonial style churches. This building was finished in 1767. On the left side of the church, there is a convent which is open to the public for a small fee. The tour ends in a jade factory, where you can learn about the different types of jade, the history of jade in Guatemala and understand how long it takes to make just one piece. To the ancient Maya, jade represented things like maize (corn), the wind, breath and the soul. They made jade into belts, nose decorations, mosaic masks, tooth inserts, beads and ear spools (a kind of earring that looks like a spool). They also worked jade into “celts” – a kind of axe-head. As for decoration, designs representing flowers were popular for jade jewelry. The jade is cut and polished in the factory by local Guatemalan workers who follow the carving traditions of their ancestors.
Availability: Every day. Departure times: 09:30 Hrs / 14:00 PM Departure point: your hotel / Address Duration: 3 hours Price: 28 USD p.p. minimum 2 persons Included: English speaking guide What to bring: comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal items, camera, some extra money
$30.00 – $50.00
Surrounding Villages of Antigua
We will pay a visit to three interesting villages (pueblos) around Antigua.
San Juan del Obispo
Our first stop will be San Juan del Obispo, on the slopes of Volcano Agua. Here we will visit the temple, monastery and square of the first bishop of Guatemala, Francisco Marroquin. The village is famous for holding one of the first Catholic churches in Guatemala. Francisco Marroquin resided in San Juan del Obispo and still appears on our Q100 bill. San Juan del Obispo is a haven for artisans and is home to Guatemala’s best chocolatiers. For this reason, around Antigua, you will often see chocolate sold from San Juan del Obispo. We recommend supporting the local community during your visit to San Juan by purchasing the chocolate whilst there, which can also be considerably cheaper. Also, San Juan is known for a fruit called “nispero”, which comes in season in late October and November. In November an annual Festival del Nispero is held at the town’s main plaza to celebrate the start of the season. The festival lasts 2 days and is well worth a visit. Expect to see lively music, craftsman selling their wares from metals and woods, chocolates and Nispero wine.
Seven kilometers southwest of Antigua along the Escuintla road is Ciudad Vieja (Old City), near the site of the first capital of the Captaincy General of Guatemala. Founded in 1527, it met its demise 14 years later when Volcano Agua let loose a flood of water that had been penned up in its crater. The water deluged the town with tons of rock and mud, leaving only the ruins of La Concepción church. We will unfold to you the history of this town, which was the second city founded by Spanish in Guatemala. We will also visit the organic macadamia farm where you will learn about the many medical functions of the macadamia nut.
San Antonio Aguas Calientes
Last but not least, we visit the small picturesque town of San Antonio Aguas Calientes. This city was founded in 1528 and the majority of the population is Kaqchikel. One of Guatemala’s most well-known exports is traditional textiles, woven by Maya women, many who learn the craft from a very young age. As far as textiles go, the town of San Antonio Aguas Calientes (translated as San Antonio Hot Springs) has the best reputation for quality textiles. We will visit the textile co-operative market here where you will be able to view the Mayan women using a back strap loom to weave traditional patterns. You will also have the opportunity to shop and buy any gifts from this market that you would like, which additionally supports the local Mayan women’s Co-Operative. The handicrafts market also has a small museum that has traditional dresses on display of most major regions in Guatemala, and is very much worth a visit. The tour ends in the jade factory, where you can learn about the different types of jade and the history of jade in Guatemala and understand how long it takes to make just one piece. To the ancient Maya, jade represented things like maize (corn), the wind, breath and the soul. They made jade into belts, nose decorations, mosaic masks, tooth inserts, beads and ear spools (a kind of earring that looks like a spool). They also worked jade into “celts” – a kind of axe-head. As for decoration, designs representing flowers were popular for jade jewelry. The jade is cut and polished in the factory by local Guatemalan workers who follow the carving traditions of their ancestors.
Availability: Every day
Departure times: 08:00 am and 02:00 pm
Departure point: Your hotel/address
Duration: Approx. 4 hours
Price: 30 USD p.p. – 3 persons or more
40 USD p.p. – minimum 2 persons
Included: Spanish-speaking guide, return transport from Antigua, entrance fees.
+10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide
What to Bring: comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal items, camera, some extra money
Guatemala Capital City offers many interesting and cultural activities to do and see, as well as the opportunity to learn about the history of the city. ‘Guate’, as it is known by the locals, is also home to many museums on a whole range of subjects from the Natural Musuem of Modern Art to the Guatemala City Railway Museum. As well as the beautiful Jardin Botanicowhich contains many local plants and flowers as well as some exotic specimens. Furthermore there are a lot of art galleries located throughout the city, exhibiting the art of local and national artists. Founded in 1777, it is the fourth city in Guatemalan history. We will visit the National Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography which houses many cultural treasures and a collection of important Mayan archaeological artefacts. The museum provides a huge amount of insight with regards to the country’s Maya and archaeological history. Here you can also behold some of the most exquisite pieces of all the archeological sites of the Petén area.
We will then go on to visit the Civic Centre. The Civic Center is a set of buildings constructed between the 50’s and 60’s and includes: The Supreme Court of Justice, The Ministry of Public Finance, City Hall, The Social Security, The Bank of Guatemala, The National Mortgage Bank and the Guatemalan Tourism Commission. The Bank of Guatemala houses a library and its exterior is decorated with mural relief by Dagoberto Vasquez, describing the history of the country. Both City Hall and Social Security buildings are decorated with a mosaic by Carlos Merida. We continue downtown to see the beautiful Palacio Nacional de la Cultura. The architectural style is a mix between colonial architecture influenced by Spanish baroque and Spanish renaissance, also referred to as Hispano-Guatemalan Renaissance. The building is known for its green color resembling an avocado. From here you also see the cathedral and the main plaza. We will drive through Avenida de la Reforma, Centro Cívico y Centro Histórico.
Availability: Every day. Departure times: 08:30 Hrs Departure point: your hotel / Address Duration: 5 hours Price: 68 USD p.p. Included: Return transport from Antigua and Guide What to bring: comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal items, camera, some extra money
Pacaya rises to an elevation of 2,552 meters and is by far the most frequently climbed volcano in Guatemala. The volcano is one of the easier volcanoes to climb and also gives you the unique opportunity to climb an active volcano! On clear days you may also be able to view the neighboring volcanoes of Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. The calculated time to go up is 1:45 hours, but this may vary according to the needs of the group. The first meters can be a bit difficult but not impossible, however there are horses that can transport you. You will places along the road where you can make a short break with a beautiful view, while the guide explains a little more about the volcano and its activity. The path is enclosed by vegetation and rocks, in which you can see layers of earth and volcanic sand, a phenomena called “Estera Volcanic”. After almost an hour of walking the vegetation ends and the soil changes to volcanic sand. Coming to the top you will be able to see the three surrounding volcanoes Volcano de Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, as well as the lagoons of Calderas and Amatitlán. We will descend into the crater, where you can prepare marshmallows (provided by the guide) on the warmth of small fumaroles of the volcano.
Availability: Every day Departure times: 06:00 Hrs Duration: 6 hours Departure point: Your hotel / address Price 17 USD Included Spanish-speaking guide, return transport from/to Antigua Not included: Entrace fees What to bring Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, camera, 2 litter of water, snacks and chocolate bar.
2 days / 1 night
A collective shuttle will take you from Antigua to Aldea La Soledad, Acatenango Volcano. From there we start our hike to the basecamp. We arrive around lunchtime and after having enjoyed a welcoming lunch at this beautiful spot, you will have a free afternoon to explore the volcano.
We wake up at 04:30 am, have breakfast and then we start walking up to the top, to see a spectacular sunrise from the summit. After the sunrise, we start to descend around 07:00 am, and return to Antigua, arriving around 11:00-12:00 hrs.
Availability: Every day. Departure times: 09:00 Hrs Departure point: your hotel / Address Duration: 2 days and 1 night Price: 75 USD p.p. Included: Full transportation, local spanish guide, lunch and dinner first day, breakfast of second day, camp equipment (Like Tent, Sleeping Bag, Mattresses) Not included: Entrance fee of 7 USD, Children up to 11 are free What to bring: comfortable clothes and warm clothes for the night, hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, camera
For anyone up for a challenge, the views that this volcano offer of neighboring volcanos located next to the Acatenango are breathtaking, and one the volcanoes can actually be seen spitting and occasionally bursting with lava. During your hike on Acatenango you will walk through a beautiful pine forest, which provides some welcome shade. You can also camp at this volcano overnight to have an impressive night time view of the active Volcano de Fuego. This hike begins with a one and a half hour climb to the road of La Torre, ascending from a height of 3400m to 3.828m. This is the highest non-volcanic point in Central America.
Availability: Every day. Departure times: 04:00 Hrs Departure point: Your hotel / Address Duration: 11 hours Price: 60 USD p.p. Included: Full transportation, Spanish-speaking, a cup of coffee at the end of the tour Not included: Entrance fee of 7 USD, children up to 11 are free What to bring: comfortable clothes and warm clothes for the night, hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, camera
Tour in Mulas (1 hour)
This one-hour stroll is an entertaining tour of La Alameda Doña Elisa, covering the winding paths between coffee plantations and the shady trees of the “La Gravilea” coffee.
Following these trails you will come to an idyllic area located on the slopes of a mountain known as “Sheet”. The tour ends with a cup of the best coffee in the world produced at Finca Filadelfia, the Old Genuine, in the preparation of your choice: American or espresso.
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 4:00 PM. $ 25.00 Rate
First you will visit the post-classic Mayan City of Iximche, in Tecpan, Chimaltenango.
The site’s name derives from the Mayan name of the Ramon tree (Brosimum alicastrum), from the words ixim and che, meaning literally “maize tree” This was the first city invaded and conquered by the Spanish and it was here that they formed the first capital of Guatemala.
However, they had to abandon the city due to constant attacks from the Kakchiquel people. When the Spanish left the city they burned it down, but the Iximche ruins remained. Iximche is a small archaeological site and in 1960 the ruins of Iximche were declared a National Monument. The majority of visitors in Iximche are indigenous Mayan people. Modern Aj q’ijab’ (Maya priests often referred to as ‘Daykeepers’ in English) arrive at Iximche from all over the Guatemalan Highlands to perform sacred Mayan fire ceremonies at Iximche. These often take place behind the ruins, in a ceremonial area. If you do have the opportunity to witness a sacred Maya ceremony whilst visiting Ixmiche Ruins, we ask you to keep a respectful and polite distance and ask before taking any photos. Tourist facilities at the site include visitor parking, a small museum, a picnic area and a football field. The museum is open on a daily basis and displays a number of artefacts recovered from the ruins.
- SAN ANDRÉS ITZAPA
San Andrés Itzapa (Itzapa means flint) is an ancient town. The Spanish named the area “Itzapa y de San Andrés” in honor of their patron saint, the apostle San Andrés (Saint Andrew). The Spanish also called the area “Valle del Durazno” (Valley of the Peaches), as the prickly pears common in this area resembled the orchards of home. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the one of the altars of Maximon, San Simon or Ri Laj Mam as he is also affectionately known. A Native American saint who originated from the Mayan Tzutujil tribe in Santiago Atitlan Guatemala, and is now known throughout the world. Maximom is known by worshippers for divine intervention and performing miracles, wherever help is needed. Inside, the walls of the altar are covered with hundreds of plaques and ‘thank you’s’ from all over Guatemala and Central America, thanking San Simón for his help. Indigenous Mayas and Guatemalans visit Maximón to pray, ask for petitions and pay offerings to ask for assistance in all areas of their lives. Offerings are made in the forms of candles, cigars, and other items. Many devotees offer San Simon one of the cigars he loved so much and drink a toast to his effigy. There is also a small shop just outside the altar, should you wish to purchase candles, cigars and more to make an offering to San Simon. Every year on the 28th of October, the feast day of San Simon, thousands of pilgrims from all over Guatemala and even neighboring countries such as Mexico meet in San Andres Itzapa and other San Simon altars across Guatemala, such as Santiago Atitlan and Zunil, to celebrate and thank San Simon. With the marimba, alcoholic drinks, and dancing the atmosphere becomes very festive.
- SAN JUAN COMALAPA
San Juan Comalapa is sometimes called the “Florence of America”, because of the many Kaqchiquel painters living there. It is also the birthplace of Raphael Alvarez Ovalle, who composed Guatemala’s national anthem. The painting tradition started in the 1930s, when Kaqchiquel painter Andres Curruchich (1891–1969) started painting with oil. His creativity was noted by many and soon he found himself showing his art in the United States and achieving international success. Because of his success, Curruchiche decided to teach the new generations his form of painting. Today there are some 500 painters in San Juan Comalapa, and the majority of them still use the techniques of Curruchiche. These painters are dedicated to paint the customs, life experiences and traditions of the Indian towns. On entering San Juan Comalapa you will see walls enclosing the school and the cemetery. On these walls the people of San Juan have painted large murals telling the story of the town and its citizens. When observing them, one realizes a couple of things: the great misfortunes they have suffered in the past decades and, most of all, the artists’ great talents. The mural depicts major events in the history of Guatemala including the Maya creation story, the Spanish conquest and more recently Guatemala’s civil war. Two blocks from San Juan’s central park you will find the House of Culture, also known as the museum Rafael Alvarez Ovalle. The new construction, inaugurated in 1984, harbors the personal objects of the author of the Guatemala national anthem.
Availability: Every day Departure times: 08:00 Hrs Duration: 5 hours Its a door to door Service? Yes Pick up: Your hotel or homestay Drop off: Your hotel or homestay Price 78 USD mínimum of two people Included Competent guide and all transportation Not included: Entrance fees to the sites What to bring comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, camera
- SAN ANDRÉS ITZAPA
You will be picked up early at your hotel to take the just over 1 hour domestic flight to Flores Petén. On arrival, a member of our staff will pick you up and take you to a place where you can have breakfast (not included). From there we take you to the world famous UNESCO site of Tikal National Park, an UNESCO world cultural heritage site since 1979.
Tikal’s national park covers an area of 57,000 hectares and was an ancient Maya civilization’s complex dating back to 600 BC. There are over 3,000 separate buildings dating from 600 BC to AD 900, including temples, residences, religious monuments decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions and tombs. Decades of archaeological work have uncovered most of the major buildings, although a good portion of the original city is still awaiting excavation. There are many pyramids, temples, and palaces waiting for you to be explored. Highlights include the Plaza of Seven Temples, the Palace at the Central Acropolis and the Lost World complex. Besides the fact that the ruins themselves are fascinating, the natural beauty of Tikal National Park and its surroundings will captivate you. The rainforests around Tikal are beautiful and home to many birds and animals, including parrots, toucans, and monkeys. In the tour you will visit the Complexes Q and R, the Temples IV and V, the Lost World and The Main Plaza with the Temples I and II and the Ruler´s Palace. After the tour you will take lunch (included) inside the park. Then you will be taken to Mundo Maya Airport Flores for the return flight back to Guatemala City, where a member of our staff will be waiting for you and bring you back to Antigua Guatemala.
Availability: Every day
Your hotel or homestay
The whole day
Competent bilingual guide, entrance fee, transportation from/to Flores, lunch (no drinks), domestic flight ticket RT, private shuttle from/to Antigua RT
What to Bring:
Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, camera, some extra money
“Family and Green Belly Avocado Plantations” is very happy to open the first Avocado Tour in Guatemala! They have been in the avocado business for over 16 years and have decided to open their farm to the public. They provide a unique experience teaching you all there is to know about this incredible fruit, from its cultivation at the plantation to the preparation of guacamole and other dishes. By visiting the farm, you will learn about the specific history, cultivation and distribution of the “avocado hass” at the plantation. We begin with a walk through the nursery, then we will see the baby avocado trees that grew out of the nursery, and witness its transplantation onto the plantation. We will finish our tour with an avocado tasting and you will learn how to prepare your own guacamole. The tour ends with 15 minutes free time, which you can enjoy in their cafe or in the garden and around the farm. A complementary smoothie is included!
Availability: Every day Departure times: 09:00 Hrs / 14:00 Hrs Departure point: Cathedral of central park Duration: 3 hours Price:
55 USD p.p., minimum of two persons
Included: Transportation, tour, avocado tasting, small smoothie
What to Bring: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, camera
“Antigua Villages Tour” on Motorcycle – Q540 P/P Price Rack
This unique tour on motorcycle will take us on the highway to reach the town of San Antonio Aguas Calientes. We will visit the town square and the local textile market. From there we will visit the textile museum and see the traditional Mayan outfits of local villagers around Sacatepequez. On our way back we will pay a visit to Ciudad Vieja (the first capital of Guatemala) and pass by the neighboring towns of San Miguel Escobar and San Pedro de las Huertas, until reaching the indigenous town of Santa Maria de Jesus at the base of the Agua volcano. We finish off the tour by visiting Earth Lodge or Hobbitenango at El Hato on the opposite end of the valley. This Earth Lodge is famous for its resemblance to the under-hill houses of “Hobbits”, characters from the well-known Lord of the Rings books and films. Once in El Hato we take a short hike down to “Earth Lodge” to enjoy the views, relax on the hammocks, and grab a snack. The last stop is down the mountain to “El Cerro de la Cruz” where we can get a birds-eye-view of Antigua.
Availability: Every day Departure times: 09:30 am Departure point: Office in Antigua Duration: 4 to 5 hours Price:
83 USD p.p.
Included: Motorcycle and equipment, Spanish-speaking guide,
What to Bring: Comfortable clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, camera
Antigua Sunset Tour – Q450 P/P
The best activity you can do on a late afternoon in Antigua. This tour will take you to up to three mountain tops with incredible views, on your choice by ATVs, motorcycles, or scooters.
Our first stop is ¨Earth Lodge¨ or “Hobbitenango”, an eco-lodge located in the mountain village of El Hato. This Earth Lodge is famous for its resemblance to the under-hill houses of “Hobbits”, characters from the well-known Lord of the Rings books and films. After visiting this marvelous place we head down the mountain and stop at Antigua’s lookout point ¨El Cerro de la Cruz¨. After seeing the aerial view of the colonial city of Antigua, we head to the middle of the valley to El Cerro de San Cristobal el Alto. Here we will find an organic local Garden-to-Table restaurant with an organic garden, avocado plantation, orchid greenhouse and the BEST VIEWS IN ANTIGUA. You can enjoy a coffee, snack, meal or beverage while watching the sunset over the mountains and see the lights of Antigua come to life. Once we are finished, we head back down the mountain at dusk and make our way back to our point of departure.
Availability: Every day Departure times: 15:30 pm Departure point: Office in Antigua Duration: 3 hours Price:
73 USD p.p.
Included: Transportation, Spanish-speaking guide,
What to Bring: Comfortable clothes, sunglasses, water, camera, some extra money