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Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya)
Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya)

Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya)

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Jade is a rare and precious stone dating back to the pre-Columbian era in Mesoamerica. Some of the world’s best jade was found in Guatemala. Historically, it was used in culturally significant ways, including in hieroglyph inscriptions and carvings of symbolic figures.

There are two types of jade — Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite is more dense and renowned for its rich colors. Nephrite is more of a carving stone, found in many places around the world. Jadeite contains the bright green and apple colors you find in quality jade jewelry. Those colors were prized by both Chinese emperors and Maya kings.

To learn more about jade, visitors to Antigua can visit the Jade Factory and Museum, also called Jade Maya, founded in 1974 by archaeologist Mary Lou Ridinger and her husband, Jay. Fine jadeite is mined here in the same manner of the Olmec, Maya and Aztec people. Guatemalan workers at Jade Maya cut and polish the mined jade following the same traditions of their ancestors.

The jade is transformed into pre-Columbian-style, museum-quality replicas and beautiful handmade fashion jewelry and accessories. There is an online catalog that shows some of the designs Jade Maya has created to date. The small museum has a nice chronological timeline on the history of jade and various displays depicting jade artifacts discovered on excavations. Visitors to Jade Maya will appreciate the knowledge Ridinger shares with visitors as an expert in mining jade. She and her husband discovered the jade mining zone, an area lost for more than 500 years after the start of the Spanish conquest.

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Daily 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
4a. Calle oriente No. 34, Antigua, Guatemala

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La Antigua Cultural Walking Tour

La Antigua Cultural Walking Tour

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Step onto the cobblestone-clad streets of colonial Antigua for this flexible-length walking tour. Stroll the streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you visit top landmarks like the ‘Ayuntamiento’ (City Hall Palace), Palace of the Captain’s General, the main cathedral, and Santo Domingo, a well-known hotel and cultural center. A final stop at a local jade factory provides additional insight into Guatemala’s Mayan culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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$20.00
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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

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Explore the fascinating Spanish and Mayan history of Guatemala on this family-friendly 8-hour tour to Iximché and colonial Antigua. Wander the atmospheric archaeological site of Iximché to discover the history of the Mayans. Then head to Antigua, former colonial capital, where you’ll visit the San Francisco Church, Calle del Arco, La Merced Church and the central plaza. Your excursion also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, a guide and all entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.99
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Antigua Guatemala Tour from Puerto Quetzal

Antigua Guatemala Tour from Puerto Quetzal

Private off-shore excursion specially designed for cruisers arriving at the port "Puerto Quetzal" to visit the city which once was the capital of Central America: Antigua Guatemala. Certified bilingual guide and minivan/bus with authorization to pick up travelers at the port.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$167.00
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Experience Antigua Walking Tour

Experience Antigua Walking Tour

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Visit several Antigua highlights in one convenient walking tour, ideal for first-time visitors or those with limited time in the region. There’s no need to worry about getting lost or overlooking lesser-known spots, as your guide will escort you from point to point, providing context for each attraction along the way.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.65
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La Antigua Cultural walking tour from Puerto Quetzal

La Antigua Cultural walking tour from Puerto Quetzal

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Maximize your limited time on dry land with a private sightseeing tour of Antigua.  Meet your guide at Port Quetzal and then hop on your private air-conditioned transportation to the city.  Along the way, take in the natural beauty of Guatemala. The day continues with a tour around the UNESCO listed city center of Antigua. Finally, unwind as your van returns you to your cruise ship
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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Antigua on your own from Puerto Quetzal

Antigua on your own from Puerto Quetzal

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Experience the history and natural surroundings of Antigua on a private tour from Puerto Quetzal.  Upon arrival, your chauffeur is waiting to whisk you away in private transportation. The drive is part of the adventure, as you take in the mountainous landscapes. Explore the UNESCO listed city center independently or hire a private guide to dig deeper into the city’s history. Return to the cruise terminal with time to spare.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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 LA ANTIGUA SIGHTSEEING TOUR from Puerto Quetzal

LA ANTIGUA SIGHTSEEING TOUR from Puerto Quetzal

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Don’t let limited mobility hold you back from exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Antigua when in Guatemala. This Puerto Quetzal shore excursion is specially designed for those who are only able to walk short distances and want to see top Antigua sights without the difficulty of walking down too many cobbled, narrow roads. Visit the popular Jade Factory and Museum, Plaza Mayor, Central Park, and more with the ease of included transportation and the benefit of a guide.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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Antigua City Sightseeing Tour

Antigua City Sightseeing Tour

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Explore the UNESCO-listed colonial capital of Antigua, one of Guatemala’s most enchanting cities, on this full-day sightseeing tour – ideal for first-time visitors. Learn how Antigua is one of the oldest cities of the Americas as you follow your guide to landmarks like the San Francisco Church, the arch of Santa Catalina, Casa Santo Domingo and Plaza Central. After a typical Guatemalan lunch (own expense), admire the priceless gems on display at the Museo del Jade (Jade Museum), then visit a local coffee plantation to learn more about Guatemala’s most famous export.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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LA ANTIGUA CULTURAL WALKING TOUR- Afternoon

LA ANTIGUA CULTURAL WALKING TOUR- Afternoon

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Get a glimpse of Guatemala’s colonial past with this walking tour of Antigua. This former capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beloved for its cobblestone streets and majestic church ruins. Meet your guide in the Central Plaza and visit sites like a jade factory, City Hall Palace, and Santo Domingo, an elegant hotel and cultural center. As you walk, your guide will share information on Antigua’s history and architecture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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Carve your own jade jewel in Antigua

Carve your own jade jewel in Antigua

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You will put your creativity to work, from selecting your piece, carving it yourself, giving it shine and customizing it with a special engraving. Always guided by our expert carvers and at the end you can take home a unique creation, made with your own hands. You will take a piece of culture and our land Guatemala with you. An experience that you can not miss! We will wait for you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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Antigua Guatemala Walking Group Tour

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Antigua Guatemala Walking Group Tour

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As one of the oldest cities in Guatemala, Antigua is brimming with history, legends, and plenty of sightseeing. This guided tour of Antigua gives you a taste of all the city has to offer—wander through the cobbled colonial streets with your guide to get the local perspective on key sights and attractions like La Merced, plus get recommendations on great restaurants and fun activities to check out while you're in town.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.08
$25.65
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Antigua Sightseeing: Private Walking Tour Culture and History

Antigua Sightseeing: Private Walking Tour Culture and History

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See the best of Antigua on this customizable private tour. As you make your way down the charming cobblestone streets, visit key sites like churches, the Santa Catalina Arch, and the Jade Museum. You can also check out the Central Market to sample local cuisine and coffee. As you walk, your guide shares information about the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$12.31
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Private: Antigua Walking Tour

Private: Antigua Walking Tour

Walking tour in Antigua Guatemala. Explore the history of the city which was once the capital of Central America while enjoying its mix of cultures: native traditions, colonial style, and modern life. During the tour, walk over cobblestone streets visiting colonial buildings and ruins. If there is time, visit the market for souvenir shopping.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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Collect, Harvest

Collect, Harvest

If you love traveling, eating and cooking, this tour is for you. Its a unique experience that allows you to learn the history of Guatemala with a certified guide that is also a cheff. She will make you awake your 5 senses. You will have an incredible experience that will add a lot to your life when you cook and eat.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Cultural Antigua Guatemala

Cultural Antigua Guatemala

When visiting Antigua, a walking tour is the way to go. Admire views of colonial structures and colorful churches as you wander down the city's cobbled streets with your guide. As you walk, your guide shares a local perspective on top sights like La Merced and Plaza Mayor.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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Private Walking tour of Antigua Guatemala

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Private Walking tour of Antigua Guatemala

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You will enjoy the most charming spots of Antigua Guatemala in an authentic and fun way, exploring across its cobblestone streets and enjoying the color and tastes of our culture. You will visit ruins of convents and churches, old colonial houses, emblematic parks, and beautiful markets, accompanied by a local guide.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.00
$30.00
$6.00 savings
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Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya) hours of operation: Daily 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.