Information about Guatemala is readily available from travel agents and Guatemalan Consulates throughout the world. For most visitors all that is needed is a valid passport and a visa. You can easily obtain a visa at any Guatemalan Consulate.
U. S. travelers checks are easily cashed upon presentation of a passport and identification. Dollars can be exchanged directly for Guatemalan Quetzales. Other foreign currencies, however, are often difficult to exchange in Antigua.
Antigua is a beautiful and charming colonial city, its quaint Spanish-style homes, churches, cobblestone streets and beautiful fountains are situated between surrounding volcanoes, today the city consists of a proximately 30,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the department state of Sacatepéquez, and is easily reached from Guatemala city. In colonial times, following the Spanish conquest of Guatemala in the early 1500's by Don Pedro de Alvarado, the town served as the Spanish capital of Central America. In 1773 Antigua was partly destroyed by an earthquake and the present capital was established in Guatemala city.
The climate of Antigua is generally warm and pleasant, and averages about 70 F. Cool breezes prevail and the city is never uncomfortable. In September, brief showers normally occur, but only during a portion of the afternoon. Sweaters and jackets are recommended for all seasons of the year. As an indication of its excellent climate, Antigua is known as the City of Eternal Spring.