Day Trips from Antigua
By Viator, September 2013
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.
Tours & Tickets
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
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 2 days (approx.)