Family Travel – Picnic with Family & Friends in One of Antigua Guatemala’s Monuments (Ruins)

As you guys know I’ve been living in Guatemala for the last year and one thing we love to do is to explore it. But this time we didn’t want to go too far so I called some of my Guatemalan friends and for some advice.


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They suggested a nice picnic in the afternoon in one of Antigua Guatemala’s ruins and it sounded like a great idea so I ended up inviting them. Then there was the question, which ruins should we visit? (there are around 6) We ended up picking one called San Jeronimo.


These ruins belong to what used to be a catholic school in the early 1700’s and in the late 1700’s it was turned into the Real Aduana. Years later it was destroyed by earthquakes and was never restored. It was until 1990’s when the council for the protection of this colonial city started doing maintenance work to it.


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But enough of story, this is how the day went: I packed up my picnic set and off we went. We got there in the afternoon shortly after lunch so we settled up in one of its beautiful gardens and explored the place. This is not a very big monument but it is beautiful. There are lots of gardens and in some places you can still see murals from when it was a school.


I had a great time just chilling under a tree’s shadow, enjoying the view of the gardens and listening to birds that were passing by. On the other hand my son had a blast exploring and climbing everything he saw. Plus he had a little adventure partner with him. This turned out to be a relaxing yet exciting family adventure not so far from home. Oh, and I almost forgot I heard that this place is also rented for weddings and special events, how cool is that?

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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