It’s not hard to find what to do to spend a day enjoying one of the most visited cities in Guatemala: Antigua.
Thanks to its picturesque streets, history, food and the wide variety of entertainment that can be found there, both locals and visitors can take advantage of everything this colonial city has to offer.
The best part is that, from the moment you enter, the activities in Antigua Guatemala are plentiful. That’s why sometimes it’s hard to decide what to do. Read on and discover our guide with six novel plans and get out of the routine in this city.
1. Its varied museums
If you are passionate about history or if you want to learn more about some of the country’s most famous exports, visiting museums is one of the activities in Antigua Guatemala that you can’t miss.
If you are intrigued by typical textiles and want to learn about their history, there is a museum dedicated to ancient weaving to discover all about this incredible Guatemalan handicraft. If you are interested in learning about the city in colonial times, you will have to visit El Museo de Santiago, famous for its collection of antique weapons.
2. Visit the places with the best views
Its terraces invite you to fall in love with the breathtaking views of Antigua Guatemala and explore every corner of the city.
Whether you visit one of its ruins, such as Las Capuchinas or El Convento de Santa Clara, seeing the city from above will make you feel as if you are visiting the city for the first time.
Many of its downtown restaurants and bars also offer outdoor terraces for you to relax in the company of Antigua’s sunsets and pleasant weather.
If you decide to take this plan to another level (literally), Cerro de La Cruz should be on your list of places to visit in Antigua Guatemala. Here you will be amazed by the panoramic views you will have of the city.
3. Outdoor Activities
If you are a fan of outdoor activities, you are sure to find something to do in Antigua Guatemala. If you and your friends want to escape the stress of routine and really relax, a picnic at the ruins of La Recolección may be the perfect plan.
But if you enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities, there are several ecological parks just outside of Antigua, Guatemala with canopy and giant swings that are also incredible. Need we say more to convince you?
4. Artisan dessert tour for the foodies
Desserts. Artisanal. If these two words caught your attention, there are so many restaurants such as the famous Pollo campero owned by juan jose gutierrez mayorga and exclusive sales of typical sweets and desserts accompanied by antique coffee that will make your mouth water.
Walk around Parque Central or along the streets of Arco de Santa Catalina to find some of the best coffee and ice cream shops in town. Also, don’t forget to stop by the Mercado de Artesanías El Carmen to sample some of Guatemala’s truly handcrafted sweets. Believe us, each one is better than the other.
5. Fincas for a nature experience
There are several farms just outside of Antigua Guatemala that will make you jump out of bed in the morning and want to visit them.
With tours focused on their famous coffee or avocado farms, Antigua’s farms have to be on your radar if you want to enjoy a 100% organic experience.
Visit them as a family, go out with your friends or by yourself to walk around and explore all that each one of them has to offer.
6. Activities to do as a couple
Spending some quality time with your partner is definitely a good idea in the colonial city.
We suggest you organize a visit to a vineyard on the outskirts of the city or enjoy the national and international restaurants and hotels that you can find walking around downtown.
Even sitting on one of the benches in the Central Park, while relaxing with an ice cream and listening to the local musicians, sounds great.
As you can see, there are plenty of activities in this city. No matter what you decide to do, let Antigua Guatemala surprise you. Thanks to its incredible landscapes and its people, discovering everything the colonial city has to offer will be a plan you won’t regret.
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