A colonial gem and the original capital of Guatemala, Antigua has been destroyed many times by earthquakes and mudslides. For this reason the capital was moved to Guatemala City in 1773.
Despite what nature has thrown at it, Antigua has always sprung back, lovingly restored and it is now recognised and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and one of the most atmospheric cities in Central America.
Its setting is truly stunning, surrounded by the volcanoes of Agua, Acatenango and Fuego, which still occasionally sends up a cloud of ash. Cobbled streets thread past colourful colonial buildings, topped with terracotta tiles, leading to the many plazas which are perfect for sitting, relaxing and people-watching.
Surrounding the city you can explore quaint Mayan villages, colourful local markets, sweet smelling coffee farms and the climbable – and still active – Pacaya volcano.
Just an hour’s drive from Guatemala’s international airport, Antigua is a fabulous first stop in the country, and is also one of the best places in Central America to learn Spanish.
Suggested itineraries featuring Antigua
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Antigua, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Antigua
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Accommodation choices for Antigua
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Ideas for experiencing Antigua
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