Surrounded by three volcanoes, Antigua Guatemala was once the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala until the Santa Marta earthquakes destroyed the city in the late 1700s. Left in ruins for many years, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that the city became the tourism hub of the country. Today, the city is filled with coffee shops and international restaurants, and is always buzzing with live music and salsa classes. Walk around Antigua Guatemala learning about its history, visiting some important landmarks. modern spots to visit while sampling local delicacies, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.