Santa Catalina Arch Tours

The Santa Catalina Arch is one of the most iconic structures in Antigua. Arco de Santa Catalina in Spanish, the notable arch is located on Fifth Avenue North and was built in the 17th century to connect the Santa Catalina convent to a school. This allowed the cloistered nuns to pass between buildings without ever having to enter the street and come into contact with the general public, thereby violating the strict laws regarding seclusion. On either side of the arch you will find the Convents of Virgin and Mártir Santa Catalina.

The Santa Catalina Arch is one of the most photographed spots in Antigua, and its prime location creates a beautiful frame for the Agua Volcano in the background. Although technically owned by the Guatemalan government, the Santa Catalina Arch is looked after by the Santos family, which also owns the Reino del Jade store and Hotel El Convento.

If you’ve been to Guatemala City, this arch may seem familiar, and for good reason; the Guatemala Post Office Building was patterned after this iconic arch.

Practical Info

The Santa Catalina Arch is one of the most popular tourist sites in Antigua. If you want to beat the crowds, come early. Aqua Volcano, south of the arch, is primarily only visible on clear days. 
Location
Address: 5 Av. Norte and 2 Calle Poniente, Antigua, Guatemala
Read More

8 Tours & Activities to Experience

times
icon-filterFilter
Clear all
Select Dates
Sort by:Default

Colonial Antigua Morning Walking Tour

Get a short introduction to the Spanish-colonial charm of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during this 3-hour morning tour from Guatemala City. This atmospheric city was the country’s capital for more than 200 years, creating a wealth of historic architecture and gorgeous scenery for you to discover during your walking tour. Tread on Antigua’s cobblestone streets as you explore sites like the Cathedral of Santiago, Central Park and the city's iconic Arch of Santa Catalina. Your Antigua visit also includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
$19.99 USD
See Details
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
$19.99 USD

Combo Tour: Colonial Antigua plus Guatemala City Sigthseeing

Explore the old and new capitals of Guatemala on this full-day sightseeing adventure that combines both vehicle and walking tours of Guatemala City and Antigua. You’ll see major highlights like the Civic Center, Metropolitan Cathedral and the Central Market in Guatemala City, before heading to the World-Heritage listed city of Antigua. Wander the historic streets of this picturesque colonial town and stop at La Merced Church, Central Park and other highlights before enjoying a traditional lunch.
  • Duration: 10 hours
From
$65.00 USD
See Details
  • Duration: 10 hours
From
$65.00 USD

Colonial Antigua Afternoon Walking Tour

Get acquainted with the colonial treasures of Antigua on a 3-hour afternoon walking tour. Replete with charming churches and brightly colored buildings, the UNESCO-listed city of Antigua is ideal to explore by foot. Alongside your guide, you’ll stroll past landmarks such as La Merced Cathedral and the Cathedral of San Francisco while listening to history-rich commentary. See, too, the recognizable yellow Santa Catalina Arch, backed by the mighty Agua volcano, and Palacio del Ayuntamiento. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
$25.00 USD
See Details
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
$25.00 USD

Antigua Guatemala Day Tour: From San Salvador

Get acquainted with the colonial delights of Antigua on a full-day trip to Guatemala’s prettiest city from San Salvador. After crossing the El Salvador and Guatemala border, you’ll marvel at top Antigua attractions such as La Merced Cathedral, the Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) and Santa Catalina Arch. From the elevated lookout point of Cerro de la Cruz, you’ll admire views of Pacaya Volcano and learn about Antigua’s colonial history from your guide. On this small-group tour, limited to 15 people, round-trip transport from your San Salvador hotel is included.
  • Duration: 14 hours
From
$127.00 USD
See Details
  • Duration: 14 hours
From
$127.00 USD

Colonial Antigua Morning Tour from Guatemala City

Experience the Spanish-colonial charm of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during this 5-hour morning tour from Guatemala City. This atmospheric city was the country’s capital for more than 200 years, creating a wealth of historic architecture and gorgeous scenery for you to discover during your walking tour. Tread on Antigua’s cobblestone streets as you explore sites like the Cathedral of Santiago, Central Park and Palace of the Captain Generals. Your Antigua visit also includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
$38.00 USD
See Details
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
$38.00 USD

Full-Day Tour: Colonial Antigua, Jade Factory and Textile Experience from Guatemala City

Immerse yourself in the colonial history of Antigua and the idyllic landscape of the small villages and farms just outside of town on this 10-hour excursion from Guatemala City. Explore the centuries-old traditions of tiny hamlets like San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Ciudad Vieja and San Juan del Obispo just outside of Antigua, where you’ll also stop to visit a macadamia nut plantation. Then tread the cobblestone streets of Antigua on foot, visiting city landmarks including the Arch of Santa Catalina, Cathedral of San Jose and much more. This Antigua small villages and walking tour also covers lunch (optional), a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 10 hours
From
$60.00 USD
See Details
  • Duration: 10 hours
From
$60.00 USD

Full-Day Tour of Antigua Guatemala

Explore the beautiful Spanish-colonial architecture and beautiful setting of Antigua during this 8-hour day trip. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed city offers a wealth of historic monasteries, churches and monuments to explore, all set among a landscape of towering volcanoes and cobblestone streets. During your trip you’ll visit a number of town’s most important buildings, check out some of the surrounding villages and have time to shop for souvenirs inspired by the ancient Maya. Your Antigua day trip also includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
From
$87.00 USD
See Details
  • Duration: 8 hours
From
$87.00 USD

Full-Day Tour: Colonial Antigua, Jade Factory and Textile Experience

Immerse yourself in the colonial history of Antigua, plus the idyllic landscape of small villages and farms just outside of town, on this 8-hour excursion. Explore the centuries-old traditions of the tiny hamlets like San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Ciudad Vieja and San Juan del Obispo just outside of Antigua, where you’ll also stop to visit a macadamia nut plantation. Then tread the cobblestone streets of Antigua on foot, visiting city landmarks including the Arch of Santa Catalina, Cathedral of San Jose and much more. This Antigua small villages and walking tour also covers a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
From
$60.00 USD
See Details
  • Duration: 8 hours
From
$60.00 USD


mobile_o
Having trouble booking online?
(888) 651-9785
Call (888) 651-9785