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How to Spend 1 Day in Antigua

How to Spend 1 Day in Antigua

Characterized by its bright, colonial architecture and volcanic surroundings, the city of Antigua is one of the finest in Guatemala. One day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site gives you time to check off several historic attractions and see the best views from different vantage points. Here’s how.

Morning: Views from a Volcano

On your first morning, rise early, lace up those hiking boots, and trek to the top of an active volcano. The two-hour hike to the summit of the Pacaya volcano is suitable for travelers of a moderate fitness level and treats visitors not only to spectacular views but also to hot lava. Tours typically include round-trip transportation from Antigua and come with lunch and bottled water for the trek. Some also include a stop to soothe aching muscles at Kawilal Hot Springs, which boasts 12 hot springs and 25 steam baths.

Afternoon: Colonial Delights

Use the afternoon to get to know Antiqua’s colonial center. Orient yourself with ease on a walking tour, which offers a more intimate glimpse into the area than you’d get if traveling by car. Staple sights include the butter-yellow La Merced Church (Iglesia de la Merced), Antigua Central Park, and the 16th-century Church of San Francisco (Iglesia de San Francisco), and some tours also stop at a jade stone factory and a textile museum and allow ample free time to shop for souvenirs. Most tours include round-trip transfers from your hotel.

Night: City Lights

If you’re hungry for more culture, devote your evening to Antigua’s culinary scene by taking a market tour and cooking class. Small-group classes often begin with a tour of Antigua Market and give you access to ingredients and equipment that you may not have back home. Plus, you’re likely to learn how to make local staples, such as tamales accompanied by spicy salsa and avocado-based dips. If you’ve got the energy following your class, head back into the UNESCO-listed Old Town for a cocktail on a rooftop terrace.

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Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua

Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua

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Pacaya Volcano is one of the most active—and most popular—in all of Guatemala. Stationed some 8,000 feet (2,500 meters) above sea level, this destination is an ideal spot for travelers who want an easy hike, epic views, and some memorable stories. This tour allows you the comfort and ease of pre-arranged transportation to ensure you get the most out of your hike.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.78
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Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch from Guatemala City

Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch from Guatemala City

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Enjoy the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation on this day trip, ascending Pacaya Volcano and then soaking your muscles at a thermal bath resort. Scale the 8,300-foot (2,500-meter) heights of Pacaya, one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala. At the top you’ll be able to peer down into the boiling lava of the crater and feel the earth’s rumble. Descend back down from the summit to enjoy an included lunch and soak in the thermal waters of Kawilal Hot Springs, featuring 12 soaking pools, 25 steam baths, and three hydrotherapy baths. Your Pacaya day trip also includes entrance fees, a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Pacaya Trek Volcano Round-Trip Transportation from Antigua

Pacaya Trek Volcano Round-Trip Transportation from Antigua

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Explore Guatemala City and take a voyage to the top of the Pacaya Volcano in Antigua on this guided, 7-hour walking tour. This active complex volcano first erupted 23,000 years ago. Recent years have included frequent, moderate eruptions, lava flow emissions and intermittent phases of lava fountaining. Choose from an early morning or mid-afternoon departure time. Then after a 1-hour bus ride to the base of the volcano, trek to the top and bring a camera to capture the moment. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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$50.00
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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 Market Cooking Class and Choco Museum in Antigua

Antigua Market Cooking Class and Choco Museum in Antigua

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Get a taste for Antigua’s unique food scene during this fun-filled 7-hour cooking and shopping excursion. Learn the fundamentals of Guatemalan cuisine, and its Spanish and Mayan roots, while shopping for raw ingredients at the Antigua Market. Then bring your haul to the kitchen, where an expert chef helps you prepare a main course, two sides and dessert. After enjoying your handiwork for lunch, visit the Chocolate Museum to learn about the production of this tasty foodstuff, followed by a chocolate-making session. A guide and all entrance fees are included.
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  • 7 hours
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UNESCO JEWELS: Antigua Half Day Tour from Guatemala City

UNESCO JEWELS: Antigua Half Day Tour from Guatemala City

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Experience the Spanish-colonial charm of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during this 5-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 Palace of the Captain Generals. Your Antigua visit also includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 5 hours
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$38.00
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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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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
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$60.00
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Half Day Pacaya Trip from Antigua

Half Day Pacaya Trip from Antigua

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Go hiking near the active Pacaya volcano on this full-day tour from Antigua. Your guide shows you cooled lava flows and other hallmarks of the volcanic landscape, allowing you to safely experience the volcano and enjoy a moderately challenging hike in Guatemala. With the inclusion of a picnic lunch, use of necessary gear, and round-trip transportation, it’s easy to add this excursion to your itinerary.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$70.00
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Antigua Market, Cooking Class and Choco Museum from Guatemala City

Antigua Market, Cooking Class and Choco Museum from Guatemala City

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Explore the traditional markets of Antigua and learn about regional cuisine on this popular tour from Guatemala City. Spend the day learning how to cook some of the nation's most iconic dishes, including beans, tortillas and more. Take home printed recipes to share with friends! You can even participate in a chocolate making workshop and learn how bitter beans are made into one of the world's sweetest treats!
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  • 8 hours
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