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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
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Get acquainted with the colonial treasures of Antigua, Guatemala, 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.
  • 3-hour afternoon walking tour of Antigua
  • Visit elaborate landmarks such as La Merced Cathedral and the Cathedral of San Francisco
  • Capture photographs beside the Santa Catalina Arch, with its volcanic backdrop
  • Learn about the colonial history of the UNESCO-listed city from your guide
  • Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people
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.

Greet your guide at your Antigua accommodation to begin exploring the charming city. As you walk towards Parque Central — the city’s green lung — you’ll receive an introduction to Antigua’s colonial history.

At Parque Central, you’ll behold a plethora of impressive landmarks; gaze at the elaborate architecture of Palacio de las Capitanes Generales, Palacio del Ayuntamiento and the Mermaid’s Fountain, a structure that represents the legend of a king whose daughter refused to nurse their children.

Next, head inside the beautiful La Merced Cathedral — whose grand Baroque façade was constructed in the 16th-centruy — and admire the elaborate belfry, smooth columns and glittering altarpiece.

Conclude your tour with a visit to the Santa Catalina Arch, one of Antigua’s most famous structures, and admire the dramatic backdrop of the Agua volcano. Your tour ends with drop-off back at your Antigua hotel.    
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Antigua Guatemala, once the third largest city in all of Spanish Colonial America and for 200 years the capital of Guatemala, it is today a peaceful, beautiful and partially restored colonial city. Cobblestone streets wind through the city of majestic churches and monasteries. You will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to Antigua Guatemala center to meet our local guide, to start our tour full of history and many curious facts about this city stopped in time.
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Iglesia de La Merced
La Merced Church is designed with Guatemalan Ultrabaroque style and has two bell towers and a sculpture of San Pedro Nolasco on the upper part of the facade, whom is the founder of the Mercedarian Order. Mercedarian Order.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Arco de Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina Arch was built to connect the nuns between cloisters to avoid being seen due to the votes that the religious who belonged to that Order took, When the earthquakes of 1773 occur, the arch became important due to the arrangements that were made. These arrangements included the construction of a turret and the inclusion of a Lamy Amp Lacroix watch of French origin.
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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The Plaza Central Park
Central Park is surrounded by the Palace of the General Captains, the Town Hall, the Cathedral of San Jose and the Trade Portal, which are some of the most important buildings for the history of the city, stand out their architecture style also. Besides, you'll find the Las Sirenas fountain, which was built with a tragic oral tradition.
Duration: 70 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Tanque de la Union
We visit the La Unión tank, which is one of the most representative laundries in this city, only the big houses had a place where they could be washed. For this reason, most of the inhabitants - housewives - went to public laundries.
Duration: 20 Minutes
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Gray Line
At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.
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Armando explained many things about...
James W
, Apr 2017
Armando explained many things about the history of the area. We visited several churches and even got to see many of the floats used in the processions. He helped bring the city to life. After being there a few days and then taking the tour, we had many questions and with his ancestry and knowledge of the history, he knew all the answers. Great tour!

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