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5 Things To Do In Antigua, Guatemala Everyone Should Try

Things to do in Antigua

Antigua Guatemala is known as one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala. It is a small city with colonial architecture and cobblestoned streets. It was once the capital city of all Central America, and is now the last true colonial city of the region.

There are hundreds of things to do in Antigua for all tastes, but there are a few that you can’t miss when you visit Antigua, Guatemala.

This is definitely a place you must visit when you travel to this small country.

5 Basic Things to Do in Antigua:

1. Walking Around

One of the best things you can do when you visit Antigua is to go for a walk along it’s the cobblestoned streets. This is a great way to enjoy the colonial architecture, the colors of these old buildings and the views of the mountains and volcanoes that surround this small city.

It is also a great thing to do to get to know the restaurants, cafes, and shops near your hotel.

Cobblestone street in antigua, guatemala

2. Eating Authentic Guatemalan Food

There are a large number of restaurants, for all kinds of budgets, that offer the most famous and delicious traditional dishes of Guatemala and street food. It is highly recommended to try at least Pepian, Guatemala’s national dish.

Trying a good coffee is also a must, even better if you combine it with a tasty pastry.

Plus, vegans and vegetarians will love the city, there are at least seven restaurants that cater to them and many others willing to modify their dishes. You can find a lot of family-friendly restaurants in Antigua

Things to to in guatemala: Traditional food in Guatemala

3. People Watching at the Central Park

The central park of Antigua Guatemala is the most popular one of the country. It is a small place, only a square block, but with tons of trees, benches and a few fountains. It is a great place to chill out and see the locals living their daily lives. This is one of the most relaxing things to do in Antigua, Guatemala.

church and central park in antigua, guatemala

4. Visiting one of the Many Markets

Antigua has many artisan markets, these are great places to visit if you want to do some shopping or to spend some time, looking at the colorful artwork and jewelry made by locals.

Artisan market in Antigua, Guatemala

5. Enjoying the Ruins

After the Santa Marta Earthquakes from 1773 many buildings, especially the monasteries and churches got destroyed. Many of these buildings were abandoned and never got restored. Lately, the ruins have been habilitated as beautiful gardens that travelers can visit for a small fee.

Ruins at Antigua, Guatemala

Of course, there are many other things to do in Antigua. These are just a few of the best.

Other things to Do in Antigua 

Adventurers will love going on zip-line tours, there are two great options near Antigua. Volcano hikes are also available. For those with an average physical condition, the Pacaya volcano is the best option. For those more athletic, Acatenango Volcano is a perfect adventure.

To learn more about the local Coffee tours are also available as well as others like cooking traditional meals and weaving.

There are many ways to plan to get to Antigua, find out the best route.

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4 thoughts on “5 Things To Do In Antigua, Guatemala Everyone Should Try

  1. Great ideas–those are some of our favorite things to do when volunteers travel to Guatemala to see our education projects in rural villages. We always end the week with time in beautiful Antigua!

  2. These are all great. I highly recommend spending time at Hotel Santo Domingo. If there for Sunday, then by all means try to get a table for brunch. If not, however, walking through the grounds and ruins, walking through their art gallery, checking out the birds, and getting a small piece of chocolate or a hand crafted candle is well worth your time. I officially fell in love with Antigua at Santo Domingo for brunch 8 months ago and this last Sunday was just as serene and magical.

  3. I’ve spent about 4 months in Guatemala, 5 years ago!
    I so can understand why you chose to live there! * jealous* 😛

    Love your travel advice!

    Greetz from Germany

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