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Visit Antigua, Guatemala, a town where time stands still. 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.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Bilingual Tour Guide (English and Spanish); Lunch.
Additional food and beverages; Gratuities.
Hours of operation
Available Monday - Wednesday, Friday at 8:00am.
Approximately 10.5 hours.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Guatemala City.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Guatemala City and transferred to Antigua Guatemala to visit the surrounding villages just outside Antigua Guatemala: San Antonio Aguas Calientes, San Miguel Dueñas, Ciudad Vieja, and San Juan del Obispo.
After a visit around Antigua, you will enjoy lunch (included).
Next, you will begin our 3.5 hour soft walking tour of Antigua. You’ll visit Central Park, Cathedral of San Jose, Arch of Santa Catalina and La Merced Church.
Central Park is located at the heart of the city, surrounded by the traditional grid pattern frequently utilized in Spanish urban planning in the colonies. The park is surrounded by the Palace of the Captain Generals, City Hall, the church of San José (formerly the Cathedral of Guatemala), the Archbishop’s Palace and the Portal of Commerce (or the Bakers’ Portal). Here, visitors will also find the Mermaid’s Fountain. The Count of Gomera (Gomera is the word for a rubber plantation) built the fountain in remembrance of a popular legend, which tells the story of a King whose daughters gave birth but did not want to nurse their children. Learn about this famous story as you immerse yourself in the colonial history of the city.
Next, you will explore the Cathedral which was constructed between 1543 and 1680 with an elaborate baroque façade in mortar, typical of antique churches. The Cathedral has smooth columns, a body and a belfry that was rebuilt after the Santa Marta earthquake in 1773. You then proceed to the Arch of Santa Catalina. This institution was established in 1609, and the nuns in this temple and convent were cloistered. The temple was inaugurated on the 15th of September, 1647. In 1694, construction of the arch was finished and it served as a bridge to connect the convent with the gardens on the other side of the street.
At end of the tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Guatemala City.
The order of the itinerary may change. Typically, during the morning, we do an Antigua Walking Tour and during the afternoon visit the surrounding villages and macadamia plantation.
We recommend bringing walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, camera, and passport.
A minimum of 2 adult passengers is required for the tour to run.
You must confirm your tour with Gray Line Guatemala at least 48 hours before your departure.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**