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Top Day Trips from Antigua

By Viator, February 2018

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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, Antigua, null
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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch

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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: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $369.99
Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch from Antigua

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Join this full day tour and climb one of Guatemala´s thirty-three volcanoes! Pacaya Volcano remains active offering a spectacular show for those who dare climb ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.00
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua

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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: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.05
Lake Atitlan and Villages from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Lake Atitlan and Villages from Antigua

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Lake Atitlan is often called as "the most beautiful Lake in the World". Join us and take a tour around the most important towns that surround Lake ...  Read more

Location: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.00
Acatenango Volcano Hike from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Acatenango Volcano Hike from Antigua

Located one hour from Antigua Guatemala, the Acatenango volcano is almost 4000 meters high. Hiking up you will get an amazing up close view of the very active ...  Read more

Location: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour, Antigua, Day Trips
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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

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Experience Guatemala’s mixture of Spanish and Mayan influences on this full-day tour of Iximché and Antigua. Learn about Mayan history from your ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.99
Copán Day Trip from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Copán Day Trip from Antigua

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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: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.99
Solola Market, Panajachel Cloud Forest and Mayan Villages from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Solola Market, Panajachel Cloud Forest and Mayan Villages from Antigua

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This full day trip takes you high into the mountains above Lake Atitlan and features the Solola market, Panajachel, small farms, and Mayan villages. Drive ...  Read more

Location: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $107.79
Transportation to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua, Antigua, Cultural Tours
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Transportation to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua

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Pacaya Volcano is the most active volcano in Guatemala. At 2,500 meters above the sea and its environment is formed by humid forest and rocks. It has ...  Read more

Location: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.00
Full-Day Tour: Colonial Antigua, Jade Factory and Textile Experience, Antigua, Day Trips
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Full-Day Tour: Colonial Antigua, Jade Factory and Textile Experience

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Depart from Antigua to explore this fascinating city and learn about its history during colonial times. Our expert guide will talk about the many wonders of ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00

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