Antigua Itineraries:

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Built 1,530.17 m above sea level in an area riddled with natural disasters such as earthquakes, Antigua Guatemala, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in 1524 as Santiago de Guatemala. Antigua has risen and fallen, just to rise then fall twice more before settling into it's present location. It's first fall cam through a fire caused by an uprising of the indigenous population. It was reestablished in 1527 only to be completely buried by and earthquake, and subsequent avalanches, in 1541. The third location was established in the Valley of Panchoy or Pacán in March 1543 and held for 230 years surviving floods, serious tremors and volcanic eruptions only to be brought down once more by the Santa Marta earthquakes of 1773. It was at that point that authorities ordered the relocation of the capital to a safer area of the region, which became Guatemala City, the county’s modern capital. Some residents stayed behind in the original town, however, which became referred to as “La Antigua Guatemala”.


Antigua Guatemala was the cultural, economic, religious, political and educational center for the entire region until the capital was moved. In the space of under three centuries the city acquired a number of superb monuments and note worthy architectural designs. The pattern of straight lines established by the grid of north-south and east-west streets and inspired by the Italian Renaissance, is one of the best examples in Latin American town planning and all that remains of the 16th-century city. Most of the surviving civil, religious, and civic buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries and constitute magnificent examples of colonial architecture in the Americas.

These buildings reflect a regional stylistic variation known as Barroco antigueño. Distinctive characteristics of this architectural style include the use of decorative stucco for interior and exterior ornamentation, main facades with a central window niche and often a deeply-carved tympanum, massive buildings, and low bell towers designed to withstand the region’s frequent earthquakes. Among the many significant historical buildings, the Palace of the Captains General, the Casa de la Moneda, the Cathedral, the Universidad de San Carlos, Las Capuchinas, La Merced and Santa Clara, among others, are incredible places to see.


The city lay mostly abandoned for almost a century until the mid-1800s when increased agricultural production, particularly coffee and grain, brought new investment to the region. In the 20th century there was increasing appreciation for the large amount of preserved colonial Spanish architecture here, development to host visitors, and the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

Today's Antigua is a bustling, colorful city in cased by monuments and colonial architecture that serves as a constant, and beautiful, reminder if it's age and history. With the exception of a confusing street numbering system, the area is easy to navigate and offers great people, wonderful photographic opportunities, museums, markets and a strong historical presence.


Antigua Accommodations


San Rafael Hotel
After a three year restoration, San Rafael Hotel incorporates the remains of an early structure significantly altered in the nineteenth century. Each of the seven guest rooms and suites features local traditional and modern art, beautiful linens and textiles, wood-burning fireplaces, and en suite bathrooms with rainfall shower heads.

Guatemala Highlands Tour


Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
The Hotel Casa Santo Domingo is truly one of Antigua’s gems - a restored monastery of the Dominican Order that has been restored into a luxury hotel. This innovative hotel offers 128 rooms, each with its own unique and special characteristics. The décor includes works of art from renowned Guatemalan artists and handmade textiles featuring traditional-contemporary designs.

Guatemala Family Adventure Tour


El Convento Boutique Hotel
El Convento is a luxurious and elegant boutique hotel located adjacent to a famous convent dating to the 18th century. Each of the 26 suites is decorated with Guatemalan art, textiles and each with a unique wooden carved door that represents the name and style of the room.

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Posada del Angel
The posada’s seven suites all feature original wooden floors, fine antiques, a wood-burning fireplace and en suite bathroom. Shared public areas include a small dining area for breakfast, lounges perfect for relaxing with a book or glass of wine and a roof-top verandah with expansive views of Antigua and its surrounding volcanoes.

Tropical Honeymoon


Hotel Mil Flores
Mil Flores Luxury Design Hotel is located in the beautiful UNESCO city of Antigua, Guatemala. This boutique hotel offers just six suites featuring decor that blends modern design and Antigua's rich colonial history.

Maya Archaeology Tour


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