A former capital and a place of rare beauty, Antigua rests beneath three volcanoes, boasting a vibrant colorful culture, and a city of major historical significance. Wrecked and rebuilt due to earthquakes, Antigua is a global hot spot with many modern amenities, yet still manages to transport you back in time. Antigua, Guatemala commands a place on your travel bucket list; and here is why.
Architecture and Ruins
From the luminous ruins of the old cathedral, to the numerous convents and courtyards, the ruins in Antigua have been impeccably maintained to dazzle lucky tourists who come to this beautiful city. You can spend an entire day walking to ruin from ruin and delving into their history and beauty. Not to mention, it’s a photographer’s paradise!
Antigua is a shopper’s dreamland! Ceramics, textiles, leather, pottery, oh my! Price ranges (and quality) vary, so every shopper is guaranteed to find something to his or her liking. The colors are vibrant and enticing, so make sure you save room to bring things home. To be on the safe side, bring a second bag solely dedicated for your shopping purchases!
Antigua is known as a destination for people who want to learn Spanish through immersion. There are many Spanish language schools in Antigua, and it is one of the most popular and best recognized centers for Spanish language study by students from Europe, Asia and North America.
With it’s volcanoes, natural beauty, hilly terrain, and lush greenery, Antigua offers endless amounts of outdoor excitement. Lovers of hiking and mountain biking will find unlimited options offered by local adventure companies in town. And what’s more, Antigua is only hours away from Guatemala’s black sand beaches and the country’s incredible Lake Atitlan.
Travelers to Antigua should not miss out on Guatemala’s flavorful and complex food scene. Be sure to indulge in the infinite varieties of stews, or dig in to a tamale, and don’t forget to try a few desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Ingredients are fresh and the dishes are cooked with love, guaranteeing your eating experience to be unforgettable.
The New York Times released a great article for those spending 36 Hours in Antigua. Check it out here! Use it as a reference point but also do some exploring on your own in order to truly discover the magic that Antigua has to offer.