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How to Spend 2 Days in Antigua

How to Spend 2 Days in Antigua

With its wealth of colonial and natural attractions, Antigua should be at the top of every traveler’s Guatemala itinerary. Two days give you time to explore the Old Town and delve deeper into local culture on a day trip. Here’s how.

Day 1: Essential Antigua

**Morning:**Devote your first morning to exploring Antigua’s colonial center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s renowned for its brightly-colored churches and cobbled streets. The area lends itself well to walking tours, which reveal hidden details you may otherwise miss if traveling by car.

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon on the outskirts of the city in Pacaya, home to an active volcano. There are plenty of tour options for visiting the volcano. Some take you to the summit on a moderate 2-hour hike, while others transport you to vantage points that are perfect for taking pictures of the natural landmark.

**Night:**Back in Antigua, see one of the city’s best views at sunset from the top of Hill of the Cross (Cerro de la Cruz), from which you can see the Pacaya volcano and all of Antigua Old Town. Once you’re back at sea level, toast your first day with a cocktail on a roof terrace in the historic center.

Day 2: Lake Atitlan and Local Markets

**Morning:**Rise early to discover Antigua’s natural surroundings on a day trip to Lake Atitlan, a mountain lake surrounded by volcanoes and emerald hills. Tours minimize the stress of organizing your own transportation, and many offer a sightseeing cruise on the lake, as well as stops at waterfront villages.

**Afternoon:**Many day trips continue on into the afternoon with a stop in the town of Chichicastenango to explore the Chichicastenango Market, one of the largest handicraft markets in Guatemala. On certain days of the week, locals arrive from the surrounding area to sell crafts, textiles, produce, food, and more.

**Evening:**When you return to Antigua, dedicate your final evening to its culinary culture by taking a cooking class that reveals dishes and delicacies that you may otherwise have missed. Classes typically include a walk around the local market and, once you’ve finished cooking, a meal of your own making.

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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
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Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua

Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua

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Spend the day discovering the gorgeous Lake Atitlán, along with the picturesque villages that line its shore, during this 10-hour sightseeing excursion from Antigua. Take in breathtaking views of this mountain lake, its southern shore ringed by volcanoes, as you visit the town Panjachel and take a boat cruise to the hamlet of Santiago de Atitlán. This Lake Atitlán adventure finishes with time for browsing the handicraft stands and businesses along Panjachel’s Santander Street. Your tour also includes a guide and round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel.
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  • 10 hours
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$100.00
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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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Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

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Discover the lively highland culture and beautiful scenery of Guatemala during this full-day visit to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Antigua. Start by checking out the colonial architecture and sprawling market of Chichicastenango, where vendors hawk everything from colorful handicrafts to candles, food and machetes. You’ll then have a chance to explore the picturesque town of Panjachel on the volcano-rimmed shores of Lake Atitlan. Your Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan trip includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
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2 Day Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

2 Day Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

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Discover the lively highland culture and beautiful scenery of Guatemala during a 2-day visit to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Antigua. Immerse yourself in the fascinating market found in Chichicastenango, where vendors hawk everything from colorful handicrafts to candles, medicinal plants, food and machetes. You’ll then spend the night in the picturesque town of Panjachel on Lake Atitlan (accommodations at your own expense) before enjoying a scenic boat tour of the lake and visit to the village of Santiago Atitlan the next day. Your Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan trip includes a guide, round-trip hotel transport and lake cruise.
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  • 2 days
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Lake Atitlan: Upper Mayan Trail from Antigua or Panajachel

Lake Atitlan: Upper Mayan Trail from Antigua or Panajachel

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Take a walk back in time as you explore the idyllic Mayan villages, ancient rituals and gorgeous scenery of Lake Atitlan on this strenuous day-long hike on the Upper Mayan Trail. Interact with the local Cakchiquel and Tzutujil Mayan tribes, visiting the town of Santa Cruz la Laguna and tracing a path along a steep path used by the tribes for centuries. You’ll also have the chance to observe the rituals of local shamans and visit the second largest market in the country. Your hike also includes round-trip hotel transport from Antigua.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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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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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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Rest and Relaxation at Lake Atitlan from Antigua

Rest and Relaxation at Lake Atitlan from Antigua

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Get away from Antigua for a day of full rest and relaxation on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Travel in private transportation to a resort on the Lake, where you can while away the afternoon relaxing in a hammock, kayaking on the Lake, or pampering yourself with the optional spa package for the ultimate stress-melting experience.
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  • 10 hours
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La Antigua Villages Tour

La Antigua Villages Tour

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Visit four traditional villages in one day with this day trip from Antigua to San Juan del Obispo, San Pedro las Huertas, Ciudad Vieja, and San Antonio Aguas Calientes. This tour packs in sightseeing at every stop: see churches, plazas, markets, and even a chocolate workshop, all while learning about the area’s Spanish and Mayan history from your guide as you go.
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  • 4 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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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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