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Day Trips from Antigua

By Viator, September 2013

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The one-time colonial capital and UNESCO World Heritage site of Antigua has plenty to keep travelers entertained, but the transport hub also makes a great base for discovering Guatemala’s sights.

Escape the city sprawl for the relative tranquility of nearby towns Panajachel and Chichicastenango, where you can soak up the unique Guatemalan culture at the open-air handicraft markets and stroll along the picturesque lakeside at Lago de Atitlán. Close by, the Mayan ruins of Mixco Viejo also make a fascinating day trip from Antigua and the one-time capital of the Poqomam Maya kingdom still contains more than 120 impressively preserved structures, including ancient temples, pyramids and palaces.

It’s also possible to visit two of Central America’s most important UNESCO World Heritage sites on day trips from Antigua. Cross the border into Honduras and pay a visit to the ancient Mayan city of Copán, the country’s most significant archeological site with impressive ruins dating back to the 7th century. In northern Guatemala, the Tikal National Park is home to one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Colombian civilization, set amidst lush jungle and reachable by plane on a day tour.

Closer to the city, a tour of the Mayan site of Iximché unveils an array of striking temples and palaces and can be combined with a walking tour around Antigua city. Alternatively, swap history for nature with a hike to the 2,438-meter summit of Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala's most active volcano, which offers spectacular views over the neighboring Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes and the glittering Calderas lagoon.

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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 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

Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 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

Copán Day Trip from Antigua

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Copán, one of the most elaborate cities of the Mayan Empire, on this full-day trip from Antigua. Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.99

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 $63.99
$74.99 Save $11.00

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

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 $563.99

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 $305.99
$329.99 Save $24.00

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