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Top Day Trips from Antigua

By Viator, March 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 top sights. Here are your options for day tours from Antigua.

Pacaya Volcano — 22 miles (36 km) southeast
Just south of Antigua, Pacaya Volcano is Guatemala’s most active volcano. Hikers can challenge themselves to climb its almost 8,000-foot (2,500-meter) summit, from where views span the neighboring Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanoes, and the Calderas lagoon. Many tours combine a volcano hike with a post-hike bathe in the nearby Kawilal Hot Springs.

Iximché — 35 miles (55 km) northwest
The closest Maya site to Antigua is Iximché, and a walking tour of the archaeological complex unveils an array of striking temples and palaces. Half-day Iximché tours are often coupled with an Antigua city tour or a visit to the nearby market town of San Juan Comalapa.

Mixco Viejo — 44 miles (70 km) west
The Maya ruins of Mixco Viejo make an interesting day trip from Antigua. The one-time capital of the Poqomam Maya kingdom still contains more than 120 impressively preserved structures, including ancient temples, pyramids, and palaces.

Lake Atitlan — 60 miles (95 km) west
In the shadows of the looming Atitlan Volcano, the glittering waters of Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atitlán) are one of the highlights of the Guatemalan highlands. Full-day tours to the lake often include a visit to the region’s picturesque villages along the way. Stop in the lively market towns of Chichicastenango or Santiago, shop for traditional handicrafts at Solola Market, or admire the natural wonders of the Panajachel cloud forest.

Copán — 196 miles (315 km) east
The ancient Maya city of Copán is one of Central America’s most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s possible to cross the border into Honduras on a day trip—albeit a 14-hour one—from Antigua. The seventh-century ruins offer a fascinating insight into the Maya Empire’s Yax Kuk Mo dynasty, including temples, underground tunnels, ball courts, stone sculptures, and altars. 

Tikal — 373 miles (600 km) northeast
In northern Guatemala, Tikal National Park is home to one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian civilization, in a stunning setting at the heart of the jungle. Day tours from Antigua are by plane, flying from Guatemala City to Flores, and include a guided tour of the magnificent UNESCO-listed Maya site.

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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
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Hike 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
Lake Atitlan Off The Beaten Path: A Day Full of Adventure from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Lake Atitlan Off The Beaten Path: A Day Full of Adventure from Antigua

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Travel to Lake Atitlan and choose your options. High impact activities for those who are physically active or low impact activities for those who want to ...  Read more

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

From USD $91.75
Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

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Depart from Antigua to the Western highlands of Guatemala on this full-day private tour. Lake Atitlan will be the first stop, and you will be able to enjoy the ...  Read more

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

From USD $130.00
Lake Atitlan and Villages from Antigua, Antigua, Private Sightseeing Tours
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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: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Antigua Market Cooking Class and Choco Museum in Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Antigua Market Cooking Class and Choco Museum in Antigua

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Take a tour of the Antigua Market and learn about the traditional ingredients in Guatemalan cuisine. You will continue your day by taking a cooking class and ...  Read more

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

From USD $150.00
Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua, Antigua, Cooking Classes
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Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

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Depart from Antigua early in the morning to Chichicastenango Maya market, and witness ancient Indian rituals at the Santo Tomas Church and enjoy the ...  Read more

Location: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua

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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
Private Tour: Lake Atitlan Boat Tour and Santiago Village from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Lake Atitlan Boat Tour and Santiago Village from Antigua

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Departing from Antigua, visit Lake Atitlan and its surrounding villages, a winning combination of scenic beauty and a relaxed atmosphere, immersed in Mayan ...  Read more

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

From USD $175.00

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