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3 Days in Antigua: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2012

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The most popular tourist city in Guatemala, Antigua is not only a great place to explore itself, but also provides a fantastic jumping off point for plenty of historic and cultural attractions outside its borders. From touring historic sites and ruins to getting outside for some fresh air and killer views, the options abound for a three day visit to Antigua and its surrounding areas.

Day One: Explore the Area
Lace up those hiking boots and hike an active volcano. Start the early morning off with a trek up Pacaya. The two hour hike is not too difficult and treats visitors not only to spectacular views, but also to hot lava. Then, head back to town and do the 30-minute walk to the Cerro de la Cruz. Guided tours take place twice a day, and is the best bet to ensure you won’t be a victim of petty theft. After that, head to Parque Central to unwind and soak up some sun and snack on fresh tortillas. Then, get walking/bussing again and visit the Museum of Colonial Art and La Merced Cathedral. At sunset, hit up Café Sky for spectacular views.

Day Two: Check Out Lake Atitlan
For some seriously beautiful nature, wake up early and make a day trip out of this spot. The deepest lake in Central America, it is renowned for its stunning beauty. Surrounded by volcanoes, the lake and its surrounding areas offer a chance to become immersed in Guatemalan culture. On the way back to town, stop at Chichicatenango. If visiting on a Thursday or Sunday, be sure to pay a visit to the popular market which sells handmade wares and more.

Day Three: Visit a Coffee Plantation
Most tours take about two hours and put you into the mix of a live plantation where coffee is made. Then, head back to town and explore the ruins. Because of the region’s earthquake activity, much of the historic remnants have been damaged. However, they are still able to be visited. Check out the Convento de Las Capuchinas and Iglesias de San Francisco before calling it a day.

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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover the beauty and ancient history of the Mayan ruins of Tikal on this air tour from Antigua! Enjoy a scenic flight to Tikal and spend the day exploring ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $369.99

Chichicastenago and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua

Visit the towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenango on this day trip from Antigua. In Chichiscastenango, discover its main attraction, the local open-air ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Antigua

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Spend the night in northern Guatemala and discover the Mayan ruins of Tikal and Yaxha! This 2-day adventure takes you from Antigua to the jungle of Guatemala. ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $534.99

Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Spend a day visiting Guatemala's most active volcanoes on this day trip from Antigua! See the impressive Pacaya Volcano up close as you hike through volcanic ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.99

Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a day out on one of Guatemala's most beautiful lakes on this sightseeing cruise with transport from Antigua. This exciting full-day tour takes you to ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.99

Antigua City Sightseeing Tour

Discover the history and beauty of one of the oldest cities in the Americas on this day tour of Antigua! Visit the Museo del Jade (Jade Museum), La Merced ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.99

3-Day Tour of Cobán and Semuc Champey from Antigua

Explore central Guatemala on a 3-day trip from Antigua. Visit the city of Cobán and hike around the forest of El Biotopo del Quetzal. Spend a day visiting ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $380.99

Mixco Viejo Day Trip from Antigua

Explore the Mayan ruins of Mixco Viejo on a day trip from Antigua. Discover the rich history behind the temples, pyramids and ball courts of this archeological ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.99

Experience Guatemala: Small-Group Cooking Class

Learn how to prepare some of Guatemala’s favorite dishes in a cooking class in Antigua. Experience the unique flavors of Guatemalan cuisine as you prepare your ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99

Copan and Quirigua Overnight Trip from Antigua

Take an overnight trip to Copan and Quirigua from Antigua and discover the beauty of these ancient ruins. After a scenic drive in a comfortable vehicle, spend ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $329.99

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