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Antigua Holidays

Antigua holidays

Upon arrival in Guatemala, we recommend a transfer straight to Antigua as it is a wonderful introduction to the country. Antigua is an extremely attractive Spanish colonial town with a charming ambience.

It was the country’s capital until it was heavily damaged by an earthquake that struck in 1773. Since then, it has largely stood still, leaving it scattered with ruined churches, homes and flower-filled courtyards. In 1979, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Antigua, Guatemala

Holidays In Antigua

The city is dominated by three towering volcanoes - Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. The local shops sell weavings, ceramics, jade ornaments, glass and sculptures in abundance. The city is also renowned for its Easter celebrations, where old rituals are performed in the street and huge floats are decorated with figures of the crosscarrying Christ and the Virgin Mary. It is a small city and best explored on foot, as you stroll from one end of town to another in 30 minutes, appreciating the columns, fountains and floral displays along the way. There are numerous excursions, all within a day’s excursion of Antigua. These include visits to local reforestation projects, to micro finance repayment meetings and communities and also to small-producing coffee farms.

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