This beautiful colonial town was founded in 1543. It was
the capital of Guatemala for more than 200 years (1543-1776) when Antigua
was one of the three most important cities in the New World.
In 1944 the government made Antigua a National Monument and 1979 UNESCO
declared Antigua as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
1530 meters above the sea level, Antigua is surrounded by three impressive
volcanoes – Agua (3766m), Fuego (3763m) and Acatenango (3976m) –
the first, and lasting impression of Agua, looming above the city in daylight,
is gorgeous. Walking around on the cobblestone streets there’s a
lot to see including many impressive colonial style buildings. Some of
these are still in ruins after different earthquakes, while others are
currently under reconstruction. Antigua was raised during the 17th and
18th century .
There are lots of hotels of all categories, restaurants
with both typical and international menus, bars and discotheques give
the tourists opportunity to find a place to stay and enjoy themselves
in this town with its very international atmosphere.
How to get there
Antigua is just 30km from the capital and the airport and has good connections.
In the valley of Panchoy, 1530m above sea level.
Warm, but quite cold at night during the winter.
Close to the market place.
Antigua has no airport, but it's only 30km to the International airport
Most banks in Antigua changes cash and traveler's checks. The rates might
differ quite much, Banquetzal and Bancafe both at 4a Calle at Parque Central
have the best exchange rates.
You'll find lot of Internet-cafés in Antigua.
At the corner of 4a Calle Poniente and Alameda de Santa Lucía (close
to the Market place)
Telgua at the corner of 5a Calle Poniente and 5a Avenida Sur 2 (at the
southwest corner of Parque Central).
There are many different laundries in Antigua.
Places to see
Parque Central with its famous fountain Las Sirenas, the Cathedral, Palacio
del Ayuntamiento, Universidad de San Carlos with Museo de Arte Colonial,
Casa K'ojom (House of Music), Casa Poponoe, churches like Las Capuchinas,
La Merced, La Recolección, San Fransisco and Santa Clara Around
Antigua you can easily visit places like San Antonio Aguas Calientes,
Ciudad Vieja and coffee plantations on your own with local buses There
are a lot of tour operators and travel agencies in antigua that can offer
you shuttle service and tours to tikal, atitlan, chichicastenango and
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