1. Antigua Guatemala: Walk Antigua Like a Local
Antigua Guatemala, with its origins dating back to 1543, invites you to discover its rich history and cultural treasures on our 'Walk Antigua Like a Local' tour. Nestled between three majestic volcanoes and adorned with colorful 16th-century mansions, this nearly 500-year-old city is a true gem waiting to be explored. Our guided tour begins at 2 Calle Poniente #2, where you'll meet your local guide and fellow travelers. Together, you'll embark on a fascinating journey that offers an authentic glimpse into the Guatemalan lifestyle and culture. As you stroll along the cobblestone streets, you'll visit key landmarks, including: Main Square: The heart of Antigua, this historic park is surrounded by important buildings, such as the Municipal building, Palace, and the Cathedral. It's a hub of activity, day and night, with vendors, people-watching opportunities, and cozy cafes. San Francisco & Hno. Pedro Museum: A highlight of the tour, you'll explore the beautifully restored San Francisco Church and discover the tomb of Pedro de San José de Betancur, Guatemala's only Saint. Santo Domingo Restoration: Dive into the history of the Santo Domingo Convent and learn about its transformation into Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo. La Merced Church Frontage: Admire the Baroque-style architecture of La Iglesia de la Merced, known for its distinctive low bell towers designed to withstand Guatemala's frequent tremors. Santa Catarina Arch street: Marvel at the iconic Santa Catalina Arch, a historic landmark that once connected a convent to a school, offering stunning views of the Volcán de Agua on clear days. Chocolate Museum: Explore the history of cacao and the chocolate-making process at the Chocolate Museum. Savor local coffee and hot chocolate. Jade Museum: Discover the ancient significance of jade in China and Mesoamerica, and learn about its various uses. Throughout the tour, your guide will share intriguing stories and insights about the city's history and local culture. You'll have the opportunity to explore the interiors of some buildings and capture memorable photos of your journey. Please note that lunch is not included, but you'll have the chance to try local coffee and hot chocolate at some of our favorite coffee shops along the way. Antigua's captivating blend of historical charm and modern-day life will leave you enchanted, and our walking tour is the perfect way to uncover its hidden gems.