Antigua Guatemala: Morning Tour from Guatemala City

4.9 / 5

26 reviews

Antigua Guatemala: Morning Tour from Guatemala City

From $38 per person

Explore the fascinating city of Antigua on this half-day walking tour departing from your hotel in Antigua or Guatemala City. Learn about the colonial history of the city as you explore the interesting sights with an expert guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 5 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Colonial City of Antigua, a UNESCO World Hertiage Site
  • Enjoy of the colonial architecture of Antigua Guatemala and Learn the History of the Former Capital of Spanish Guatemala
  • Appreciate the wonderful landscape from Antigua Guatemala of the Agua Volcano
Full description
Antigua Guatemala, once the third largest city in all of Spanish Colonial America and for 200 years the capital of Guatemala, is today a peaceful, beautiful, and partially restored colonial city. Cobblestone streets wind through the city of majestic churches and monasteries. After pickup in Guatemala City, transfer to Antigua Guatemala to meet your local guide and begin your gentle 3-hour walking tour. Visit the Jade Factory and Museum to admire ancient Guatemalan carving traditions. Continue to the ruins of El Carmen church and browse for souvenirs at the craft market beside the ruined building. You will see La Merced Church of Guatemalan, which features an ultra-baroque style, as well as two bell towers. On the facade of the church in its upper part is a sculpture of San Pedro Nolasco, founder of the Mercedarian Order. You will also see Santa Catalina Arch, built to connect the nuns between cloisters to avoid being seen. After the earthquakes of 1773, the arch became important due to the alterations that were made. These alterations included the construction of a turret and the inclusion of a Lamy Amp Lacroix clock of French origin. You will then see Central Park, which is situated in the traditional grid pattern used frequently in urban planning in the Spanish colonies. The park is surrounded by the Palace of the General Captains, the Town Hall, the Cathedral of San Jose, and the Trade Portal. Here in the park, you will also find the Las Sirenas fountain. This fountain has a traditional folk story where the Count of La Gomera ordered the fountain to be built in memory of his daughters, who after giving birth, did not want to breastfeed their children. The count then ordered his daughters to be tied to a trunk in the center of a waterhole, where they died of thirst and hunger. Continue your way you will visit the La Unión tank, which is one of the most iconic laundries in this city (only the big houses had proper washing facilities). For this reason, most of the inhabitants (housewives) went to public laundries. This was inaugurated on February 3, 1853. At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Guatemala City.
Includes
  • Round-trip transfer from most hotels in Guatemala City and Antigua
  • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • Food and beverages
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please contact the supplier if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian is also available, subject to additional costs and guide availability
  • For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact the local supplier directly to book the tour
  • There is a minimum number of 2 adults required for the tour to operate and there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if this is not met and you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
  • It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5
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A wonderful experience with an excellent connoisseur in the field.

All the words that exist would fall short to thank the wonderful experience shared by a great connoisseur of the history of his country and especially of the events that have made La Antigua that place so valued by those of us who are Central Americans and feel part of the history of this continent and especially of the independence enacted in that city so long ago. For a Costa Rican, lover of freedom that is enjoyed in my country, it was really exciting to step on that historic city and the town that inhabits it. Thank you for such an enriching experience. Blessings in 2018.

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January 1, 2018

Lovely city... Great tour guy

It was nice meeting the city with the guidance of Juan Pablo. We maximized the duration of the tour. He knew very well the history of every location visited and provided us with useful suggestions for us to spend the rest of the day. Definitely I would recommend this tour to anyone.

June 1, 2016

Compliments and excellent guide, knowledgeable on the subject ...

January 19, 2020

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