Antigua Guatemala Tour
The La Antigua Guatemala tour on the TripScout app takes you to all of the most interesting and local spots in this unique city that seems to be frozen in time. Traveling to Antigua Guatemala is like taking a trip back in time to the 18th century. The city is famous for its beautiful Spanish Baroque-influenced colonial-era architecture, cobblestone streets, old churches, and ruins. In our self-guided tour, we show you the top things to do and see and where to eat and stay on your Antigua Guatemala tour.
Our Antigua Guatemala tour will teach you about the city’s top historic sites, parks, monuments, and volcanoes to see, in addition to the best restaurants and hotels. You’ll learn about the city’s interesting and complex history, which has had a constant struggle for political, economic, and social rights. Antigua also has a very vibrant culture, making it a fun and exciting place to explore. With our Antigua Guatemala tour, you can easily see what this unique city has to offer and learn about its intriguing background.
Not only is Antigua Guatemala a historical and picturesque destination, but the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Antigua you see today was built by the Spanish in the 1500’s as 1 of the 3 capitals of new Spain. The city was modeled after Seville, Spain and has remained well-preserved since Guatemala decided to move the capital from Antigua to Guatemala City in the mid-1700’s. Otherwise, the city would never have maintained the rustic charm you’ll still see on your Antigua Guatemala tour.
Antigua’s economy survives solely on tourism with a fourth of the local population being expats. The number of people in the city can increase from approximately 40,000 to 2 million during its Easter celebration, the largest of its kind in the world. Additionally, Antigua is the wealthiest Guatemalan city and boasts the highest literacy rate in the country, paired with very low crime rates. This city is growing in popularity as a tourist destination, making it the perfect time to go on your self-guided Antigua Guatemala tour.
Nestled in the central highlands between volcanoes, the temperature is comfortable year-round, so it’s a great place to visit anytime of the year. Antigua Guatemala is also home to a vibrant culture, diverse restaurants, impressive art galleries, and many nearby hikes and outdoor excursions, which makes it a great off the beaten path destination. Our Antigua Guatemala tour will show you the most important places you should visit and where they’re located in relation to other attractions to make the most of your time.
We’ll guide you through all the best local spots for your Antigua Guatemala tour and give you a chance to explore its market, monuments, churches, volcanoes, and restaurants. Once you download the Antigua Guatemala tour guide, it’s all on your phone, so you won’t waste any data. Set your own pace and schedule, focusing on what interests you the most. Don’t forget your headphones so you can hear the audio guides.
Enjoy your Antigua Guatemala tour!
Antigua Guatemala Tour Benefits
- Curated Sites
- Audio Tours
- Offline Map
Where to Stay in Antigua Guatemala
There are plenty of hotel options for any budget. Anywhere in the old city is a good location and a short walk from Parque Central. Read our guide to Antigua Guatemala Hotels for more details, but here’s a quick summary of our favorite places to stay Antigua Guatemala:
- Budget Hotels/Hostels: The Terrace Hostel. The staff is friendly, it has a great backpacker atmosphere, and the rooftop bar has panoramic views of the volcano and city. Other good hostels in in Antigua Guatemala include Three Monkeys and El Hostal.
- Mid-Range Hotels: Hotel Casa Cristina is a great mid-range hotel in Antigua.
- Luxury Hotels: Casa Santo Domingo is the best hotel in Antigua Guatemala for luxury travelers. This beautiful and historical hotel is located in one of the grandest former convents in the Americas. For a nice hotel that’s not quite as expensive, Casa Bella Boutique Hotel is a good option as well.
Where to Eat in Antigua Guatemala
Antigua Guatemala is a great food city. Read our guide to Antigua Guatemala Restaurants for details on all of our favorite places to eat, but here’s a quick summary of our favorite places to eat Antigua Guatemala:
- Fusion for Guatemala-International fusion
- La Fonda de la Calle Real for Guatemalan cuisine
- Los Tres Tiempos for Guatemalan cuisine
- Meson Panza Verde for international cuisine “with a twist”
- Tartines for French cuisine
- Como Como for a European wine bar and gastropub
How to get to Antigua Guatemala
Antigua Guatemala is approximately 30 – 60 minutes from Guatemala City. So if you’re flying, you will arrive to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Once in Guatemala City, there are multiple options for travelers:
- Take a chicken bus, which is a re-purposed school bus from the United States. These are very crowded, but cheap. It should only cost $1 or $2 USD. They depart regularly from the bus terminal and airport.
- You can take a shuttle van, which can be arranged at the airport or from most hotels. They leave regularly throughout the day and should cost $10-20 USD.
- Alternatively, you can take a private car or taxi, which will cost approximately $40-50.
Guatemala City offers frequent charter buses to and from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize (requires a transfer in Flores), and other parts of Guatemala.
Best Antigua Guatemala Tour
For a self-guided audio tour on your mobile phone, equipped with an offline map and GPS, download the Antigua Guatemala guide from TripScout.
If you’d like an in-person tour, we recommend the best historians in town and collaborators for the TripScout guide, Antigua Tours.
Best Travel Blogs About Antigua Guatemala
- goKonrad: Antigua Guatemala Travel Blog
- GlobetrotterGirls: A former local’s guide to Antigua Guatemala
- OK Antigua: Antigua blog