Antigua Guatemala Tour

Things to do in Antigua Guatemala

There are numerous fun and interesting things to do in Antigua Guatemala, from exploring churches or ruins to relaxing in the park in the heart of the city. Antigua is an incredible city to explore, a perfect off the beaten path destination to visit anytime of the year.

Below is a summary of the best things to do in Antigua Guatemala.

Saint Joseph Cathedral

This Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo style church (yes, it has all 3), served as the country’s cathedral before the capital was moved to Guatemala City. As one of the best things do in Antigua Guatemala, the cathedral’s amazing architecture will leave you speechless.

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Santa Catalina Arch

Built in the 17th century, this former passage for nuns is now one of the most iconic and picturesque landmarks in the city, making it one of the top things to do in Antigua Guatemala. Its yellow color is stunning, especially with the backdrop of a sunny day.

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Parque Central

This beautiful park is the heart of Antigua and one of the best things to do in Antigua Guatemala. It houses the main cathedral, the mayor’s office, shops, restaurants, and is the center of the tourist district. It’s a perfect spot to get a feel for the city or enjoy an ice cream.

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Cerro de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross)

This short hike (approximately 30 minutes from the city) provides stunning panoramic views of Antigua and its three volcanoes, a view you don’t want to pass up as one of the most beautiful things to do in Antigua Guatemala. It’s recommended that you only go during daylight hours for safety reasons.

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San Francisco Church

Built by the Franciscan brotherhood in 1542, this Catholic church is the oldest functioning church in the city and most visited sanctuary by locals. It also houses the tomb of the country’s only canonized saint, Hermano Pedro, making it one of the most fascinating places to visit in Antigua Guatemala.

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La Merced Church

This ornate church, one of the top places to visit in Antigua Guatemala, was home to the first monastery in the city. As one of the last churches built in the city, it is the embodiment of colonial architecture.

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Casa Santo Domingo

This 16th-century convent-turned-hotel houses ancient colonial ruins, an impressive art collection, and a five-star hotel. The hotel is a significant monument and one of the more interesting places to visit in Antigua Guatemala, preserving treasures from America’s baroque era.

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Ruins of Cathedral De Santiago

These walkable ruins were from the original cathedral built in 1545, which was damaged by the earthquake in 1773 and only somewhat restored over the next 100 years. As one of the best places places to visit in Antigua Guatemala, the giant brick pillars, roofless interior, grand arches, vegetation, and former crypt make this site look like a scene from an enchanted fable.

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Convento Santa Clara

This convent was founded in 1699 by 6 nuns from Mexico. It’s now home to beautiful ruins that’s used for events and tourists and is one of the top places to visit in Antigua Guatemala especially for architecture and history buffs.

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Antigua Market

This market provides you with a real taste of Guatemala. It will take a couple of hours to explore all the vendors and is one of the most fun things to do in Antigua Guatemala. The artisans market is located on the left and the local market with nearly every fruit, vegetable, and animal available in the country for sale.

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