Information on Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

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 .

Antigua Guatemala

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.

Location
In the valley of Panchoy, 1530m above sea level.

Climate
Warm, but quite cold at night during the winter.

Bus terminal
Close to the market place.

Airport
Antigua has no airport, but it's only 30km to the International airport "La Aurora".

Currency exchange
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.

Internet-cafes
You'll find lot of Internet-cafés in Antigua.

Post Office
At the corner of 4a Calle Poniente and Alameda de Santa Lucía (close to the Market place)

Telephones
Telgua at the corner of 5a Calle Poniente and 5a Avenida Sur 2 (at the southwest corner of Parque Central).

Laundries
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 Guatemala city..

back to home page

unclic