Surrounded by dramatic volcanoes, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua Guatemala is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the area. Stroll along Antigua Guatemala's cobbled streets to discover dramatic ruins of churches destroyed by earthquakes, and new Baroque-style Spanish architecture set against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty. Antigua Guatemala is very much still a living city, rather than just an open-air museum, and is a place where two different cultures survive hand in hand; the indigenous Guatemalan heritage and living traditions thriving within the Spanish-colonial architectural shell.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Colonial and a little cosmopolitan, this beautiful city is full of things to do, places to see, great restaurants, lively bars and lovely hotels

Our guide to holidays in Antigua Guatemala

Following the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, Antigua Guatemala became the capital of Central America. During many years of wealthy Spanish rule, palaces, churches, parks, fountains and the cathedral were built. Painstakingly restored, this colonial city looks much as it did 200 years ago, competing with Cusco and Cartagena as Latin America's most beautiful colonial city.

Walking the cobblestone streets, through colourful squares and past whitewashed churches, there is plenty to discover - art galleries, fascinating museums, and traditional markets packed with bright, locally made textiles and other craftwork. When changing money, ask for smaller quetzal notes as market shopkeepers often don't have change so having some improves your haggling power.


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Semana Santa is THE time to be in Guatemala - the streets are lined with religious processions from dawn and the cobbles are literally carpeted in intricate designs made from dyed sawdust and flowers, which is a spectacular sight.

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A note on price

Like much of Central America, Guatemala represents good value in comparison to its South American counterparts. Antigua Guatemala is full of reasonably priced boutique hotels (costing around £100 a night), but in Atitlan and Tikal, we’d recommend you go all out and stay in the best hotels, which means that a 10-day trip to Guatemala could cost from £2,000 per person including flights. Learn more about our pricing

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Flight from London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

Top picks for Antigua Guatemala

Panza Verde

Panza Verde

Antigua Guatemala

Panza Verde is a gorgeous boutique property with plenty of character and warmth.

Where to stay

Iximche Ruins in Guatemala


Antigua Guatemala

Perched on top of a fortified hilltop, and surrounded by a deep moat, sits the pre-Colombian archaeological site of Iximche.

What to do

Chichincastenango Masks


Antigua Guatemala

The mountain village of Chichicastenango, three hours from Antigua, is especially worth visiting on Thursdays and Sundays when indigenous Mayans from the surrounding villages come to trade at the market.

What to do

Palacio de Dona Leonor

Palacio de Dona Leonor

Antigua Guatemala

Palacio de Dona Leonor is an authentic mansion steeped in 500 years of history, evident the minute one steps through its heavy oak doors.

Where to stay

Posada del Angel

Posada del Angel

Antigua Guatemala

This pretty little inn is built in the Spanish colonial style but has a strong Guatemalan feel, from the friendly staff to the brightly woven textiles in each room.

Where to stay

El Convento

El Convento

Antigua Guatemala

Hidden away down one of Antigua’s cobbled streets, El Convento is located opposite the 18th Century Capuchin convent, and is at once quiet and central.

Where to stay

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