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Antigua Central Park (Parque Central) Tours

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Antigua Central Park (Parque Central)
Antigua Central Park (Parque Central) is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Guatemala. It’s the main outdoor area in town and where people go to sit, stroll, or meet up for an afternoon of relaxation and nice weather. From Central Park you have a superb view of the Agua Volcano, which towers over Antigua.

The Basics
The park is surrounded by a cathedral and arch-adorned colonial buildings, including the Palace of the Captain General (Palacio de los Capitanes Generales), City Hall, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Portal of Commerce. By day, handicraft vendors line the tree-covered walkways, selling their wares. By night, marimba bands set up shop, entertaining passersby with their live music. Be sure to check out the Fountain of the Sirens, a 1936 reconstruction of the original that was built in 1738.

Visit the park independently or as part of a Colonial Antigua sightseeing tour from Guatemala City.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Central Park is the perfect spot to sit or stroll and observe the day-to-day goings-on in Antigua.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Take normal precautions to avoid pickpockets and petty crime, especially at night.

How to Get There

Central Park is located in the center of Antigua, between Calles 4a and 5a. If you’re staying in town, it’s an easy walk to the park. Antigua is 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Guatemala City, a 75- to 90-minute drive.

When to Get There

The park is open year round and is almost always crowded, especially on Sundays when streets on both the east and west sides are closed to vehicular traffic.

Fountain of the Sirens
In the center of Central Park, a fountain depicts buxom mermaids spraying streams of water. The Fountain of the Sirens (Fuente de las Sirenas) was originally built by Diego de Porres in 1738 and inspired by the Neptune Fountain in Italy. Although a replica, the 1936 reconstruction maintains the original’s posterity. When visiting Central Park, walk around the fountain to see it up close.
Address: Between 4a Calle and 5a Calle, 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
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$20.00
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Antigua Walking Tour

Antigua Walking Tour

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This tour, by Due South Travels, is a 2+ hour guided walking tour of Antigua, one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Our local guide will give you tons of great information, including the history of the city and its architecture, the geography, culture, and religion of historical and modern day Guatemala. During the tour we will visit and discuss Antigua's significant landmarks. We will talk about the volcanoes and earthquakes Guatemala has experienced, the Mayan ethnic groups, the Spanish invasion, and modern day life here. We are different from the four hour walking tours offered in town because we don't take you shopping (too much pressure!), however, our local guides would love to bring you AFTER the tour if you'd like a thorough explanation of jade or if you're interested in bargaining for some beautiful handicrafts. You'll also receive plenty of other suggestions for things to do in and around town.
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  • 2 hours
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$21.80
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Antigua Guatemala City Tour

Antigua Guatemala City Tour

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Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, this famous ancient city was once the capital of this diverse and colorful nation. Spend the day exploring the historic streets of this picturesque city and get an up-close look at the ruins of colonial churches and Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. Your friendly, professional guide will unlock the history, culture and traditions of this popular destination and take you to all the top Antigua landmarks.
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  • 6 hours
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$60.00
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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
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$80.99
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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
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$69.00
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Full-Day Tour: Colonial Antigua, Jade Factory and Textile Experience

Full-Day Tour: Colonial Antigua, Jade Factory and Textile Experience

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Immerse yourself in the colonial history of Antigua, plus the idyllic landscape of small villages and farms just outside of town, on this 8-hour excursion. Explore the centuries-old traditions of the tiny hamlets like San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Ciudad Vieja and San Juan del Obispo just outside of Antigua, where you’ll also stop to visit a macadamia nut plantation. Then tread the cobblestone streets of Antigua on foot, visiting city landmarks including the Arch of Santa Catalina, Cathedral of San Jose and much more. This Antigua small villages and walking tour also covers a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of Antigua Guatemala

Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of Antigua Guatemala

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Get a short introduction to the Spanish-colonial charm of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during this 3-hour morning tour from Guatemala City. This atmospheric city was the country’s capital for more than 200 years, creating a wealth of historic architecture and gorgeous scenery for you to discover during your walking tour. Tread on Antigua’s cobblestone streets as you explore sites like the Cathedral of Santiago, Central Park and the city's iconic Arch of Santa Catalina. Your Antigua visit includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport (except during Holy Week in April).
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  • 3 hours
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$19.99
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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
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$69.00
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Colonial Antigua Afternoon Walking Tour

Colonial Antigua Afternoon Walking Tour

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Get acquainted with the colonial treasures of Antigua, Guatemala, on a 3-hour afternoon walking tour. Replete with charming churches and brightly colored buildings, the UNESCO-listed city of Antigua is ideal to explore by foot. Alongside your guide, you’ll stroll past landmarks such as La Merced Cathedral and the Cathedral of San Francisco while listening to history-rich commentary. See, too, the recognizable yellow Santa Catalina Arch, backed by the mighty Agua volcano, and Palacio del Ayuntamiento. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 3 hours
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$25.00
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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
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Full-Day Tour of Antigua Guatemala

Full-Day Tour of Antigua Guatemala

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Explore the beautiful Spanish-colonial architecture and beautiful setting of Antigua during this 8-hour day trip. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed city offers a wealth of historic monasteries, churches and monuments to explore, all set among a landscape of towering volcanoes and cobblestone streets. During your trip you’ll visit a number of town’s most important buildings, check out some of the surrounding villages and have time to shop for souvenirs inspired by the ancient Maya. Your Antigua day trip also includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
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$89.75
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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
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Cultural Walking City Tour of Antigua Guatemala

Cultural Walking City Tour of Antigua Guatemala

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Benefit from the insights of your guide on a 3-hour walking tour of Antigua that delves into the city’s history and culture. See architectural landmarks, museums, and the Catedral de San Jose as your guide shares details about their importance and restoration. Bring your camera for great photo ops as you learn about Guatemala in history and today.
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  • 3 hours
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Beautiful Portraits in Antigua Guatemala

Beautiful Portraits in Antigua Guatemala

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Bring home beautiful portraits of you or your loved ones at the most photogenic and instagrammable spots of Antigua Guatemala. Walk with me to my exclusive favorite spots while I capture the best memories of your visit. This photo session will be a fun and unforgettable for you and provides you with a unique memento of Antigua Guatemala. I shoot these informal street photos, using mostly available light and some fill-flash, perfect for those seeking a professional street photographer to document their trip in a natural style, whether candid and/or posing in ‘A day in the life of’ style photoshoot. The photographs can be urban style, casual or formal, relaxed, fun, or classically posed in front of beautiful monuments and architecture. I can capture the individual mood and fun of your visit to Antigua Guatemala so that you have fabulous photos to remember the great time you had here.
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  • 1 hour
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$75.00
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Walking Tour Antigua Guatemala

Walking Tour Antigua Guatemala

This tour takes place only if you're a group of minimum 10 people . I'll walk with you around this fascinating City of Antigua and walk you around its main buildings. We will talk of its Heritage, History and Culture. Be ready to walk plenty on the cobblestones streets, and bring your hats, water and comfortable clothes. We do other tours around Guatemala with small and large groups as well. Happy trails then!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$12.00
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The Artisan Experience

The Artisan Experience

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This tour, by Due South Travels, is a unique offering as we have established relationships with specific artisans that work out of their homes. Our first stop brings you to a village established in the 1530s. We will be welcomed into the home of an artisan who has worked with jade for over 40 years. After learning about the sourcing and history of jade in Guatemala, you will be able to select your own jade stone and polish it into a small take-away charm. On our second stop, you will meet an artisan who has worked with leather since he was a young boy. He can make the most beautiful pair of handmade leather boots you've ever seen! Learn about the process of boot making from start to finish. Last, we will enjoy a light, local lunch. Our weavers will give a backstrap loom demonstration and you will be guided through a collection of beautiful, authentic examples of traditional Guatemalan dress. This tour is educational, fun, and a client favorite, especially if you like to shop!
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  • 7 hours
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Combo Walking and Market Tour

Combo Walking and Market Tour

Gain an in-depth insight into the history, culture, and politics of Guatemala while exploring several Antigua highlights on this half-day walking tour. Food markets can be overwhelming and confusing, so take advantage of your guide’s presence and the small group size to learn about and sample the foodstuffs on offer, something you couldn’t do if visiting alone.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$40.00
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$40.00

Spanish Lessons

Spanish Lessons

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It is a unique experience in which you can take advantage of to learn the Spanish language with quality teachers and visit our colonial streets.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
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$35.90
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Walking Tour Antigua

Walking Tour Antigua

Within this tour you can take unique experiences learning secrets, legends, and stories of the city.
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  • 3 hours
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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
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$167.00
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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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Express tour in Antigua

Express tour in Antigua

A brief introduction to the city. You'll save time, get to know the city and be able to understand it better on your free time
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  • 2 hours
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$20.00
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Private Antigua Guatemala Walking Tour

Private Antigua Guatemala Walking Tour

At Avem Travel we offer complete private tours and travel experiences in Guatemala that are unique and suited to our travelers' needs. In this Private Antigua Guatemala Walking Tour, like no other, you'll walk around the cobblestone streets as you discover the most emblematic landmarks in this beautiful colonial city. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require additional assistance with your tour.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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Living City

Living City

Our Clients will take a unique experience, both nature and culture will be known where our clients will delve into the history of the Colonial city, and the development of the towns around the Very noble and very loyal city of Santiago de los Knights today Antigua Guatemala
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  • 8 hours
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