We started our around the world trip in beautiful Antigua, Guatemala! We fell in love with the bright buildings, cobblestone streets and mountain views immediately on arrival! Walks in the city feel so bright and happy, all of the locals are very friendly and willing to help you with directions if you look like a lost tourist!
The streets are painted with stunning architecture, salsa music, and cute little bakeries along the way. The town is surrounded by volcanos, mountains and lush forests.
The city of Antigua used to be Guatemala’s capital but it was destroyed in an earthquake in the 1700’s.
The entire city of Antigua is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and well deserved! Many of the preserved buildings and cathedrals were built in the 17th and 18th century! The cobblestone streets were built in the 1700’s… wow! Still here, twisting ankles while we wander down them!
We absolutely loved our stay in Antigua, Guatemala! We spent our days exploring the streets and our nights enjoying tacos in our quaint little hotel. You can of course do a walking tour through the city but we have highlighted what to see for you right here!
Our favorite spots we explore in Antigua:
Parque central is like the main strip in the city! It is full of tourist trinket vendors, cute little kiddos running around, and ice cream! There are lots of little shops and restuarants around (a little bit pricier right in the center) but fun to explore!
Also if you need an ATM there are like 4 around here!
Straight across from the park you will see this beautiful old town hall! I am just awestruck by this city…
Head west and you will find…
Aren’t all the old ruins just absolutely stunning?!
Right across the street from here you can eat at Ta Cool, it was absolutely delicious (about $10 for 8 tacos).
Alright after you have enjoyed some lunch head back toward central parque and turn left on 5th Avenue North… You will see this…
Arco de Santa Catalina
We are sure you have seen photos of the famous arch! It is definitely a must see in Antigua! It is so beautiful, like a perfect frame for the volcano.
Iglesia de La Merced
The Iglesia de La Merced is a must see cathedral in Antigua. The detail work on this church is absolutely stunning. And check out the inside!
And just about a 15 minute walk from the city center on the end of 1A Avenue North you will get to a set of stairs that leads to Cerro de la Cruz. The stairs up take just about 10-15 minutes! And you get a birdseye view of all of Antigua.
Cerro de la Cruz
I felt like I walked around all of Antigua with my jaw dropped! I think all of the 17th and 18th century ruins are marvelous! Here are some more spots we saw along the way:
Have you been to Antigua? What were your favorite sights?
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