Summary of The Day: Visit Antigua, Guatemala, a town where time stands still. Once the third largest city in all of Spanish Colonial America and for 200 years the capital of Guatemala, it is today a peaceful, beautiful and partially-restored colonial city. Cobblestone streets wind through the city of majestic churches and monasteries.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Guatemala City and transferred to Antigua Guatemala to visit the surrounding villages just outside Antigua Guatemala: San Antonio Aguas Calientes, San Miguel Dueñas, Ciudad Vieja , and San Juan del Obispo.
After a visit around Antigua, you will enjoy lunch.
First up we'll head to the Central Park, which rests at the heart of the city and is surrounded by the traditional grid pattern frequently utilized in Spanish urban planning in the colonies. The park is enveloped by the Palace of the Generals Captain, City Hall, the Church of San José (formerly the Cathedral of Guatemala), the Archbishop’s Palace and the Portal of Commerce (or the Bakers’ Portal). Here, we will also find the Mermaid´s Fountain. The Count of Gomera built the fountain in remembrance of a popular legend, which tells the story of a King whose daughters gave birth but did not want to nurse their children. Learn about this famous story as you immerse yourself in the colonial history of the city.
Next, we will explore the Cathedral of Santiago which was constructed between 1543 and 1680 with an elaborate baroque facade in mortar, typical of antique churches. The Cathedral has smooth columns, a body and a belfry that was rebuilt after the Santa Marta earthquake in 1773. Then we will proceed to the Arch of Santa Catalina. This institution was established in 1609, and the nuns in this temple and convent were cloistered. The temple was inaugurated on the 15th of September, 1647. In 1694, construction of the arch was finished and it served as a bridge to connect the convent with the gardens on the other side of the street.
At end of the tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Guatemala City.
|Hotel Barceló Guatemala||7 Avenida, 15-45. Zona 9,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Best Western Stofella||2 Avenida 12-28 Zona 10,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Biltmore||15 Calle 0-31 zona 10,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Ciudad Vieja||3 - 67, 8A Calle zona 10,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Clarion Suites||14 Calle A zona 10,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Conquistador||Via 5, 4-68 zona 4,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Crown Plaza Las Americas||Avenida Las Americas 9-08 zona 13,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Grand Tikal Futura||Calzada Roosvelt 22-43 zona 11,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Hilton Garden Inn||13 Calle 7-65 zona 9,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Holiday Inn||1ª avenida 13-22 zona 10,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Intercontinental||14 calle 2-51 zona 10,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Mercure Casa Veranda||12 calle 1 24 zona 10,Guatemala City,01010|
|Hotel Panamerican||9A Calle 5-63 zona 1,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Radisson Hotel & Suites||12-46, 1 Avenida A zona 10,Guatemala City,01010|
|Hotel San Carlos||Av. La Reforma 7-89, Zona 10,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Vista Real||Km 9, Carretera Al Salvador,Guatemala City|
|Hotel Westin Camino Real||14 Calle 0-20 zona 10,Guatemala City|
|Adult (12 - 99)||USD $64.00|
|Child (03 - 11)||USD $50.00|
*Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.|
* Adult: 12 years of age or older
* Child: 3-11 years of age
* Infant: 0-2 years of age
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