Overview

Antigua was once one of Spanish America’s greatest cities, its prosperity and importance interrupted by earthquakes. Nowadays it is a peaceful, multi-national place retaining the best aspects of its Guatemalan heritage. Lovely to look at, it hosts lanes and shady plazas where flowering plants spill over crumbly walls, and pastel-painted colonial façades are punctuated with heavy wooden doors.

Boutiques, galleries, arty cafés and restaurants thrive here. The city is encircled by three volcanic peaks, along the fertile skirts of which flourish orchards and kitchen gardens. Beyond in the western highlands are traditional villages with flourishing markets. Chichicastenango, 1,965m, is the best known but others such as Zunil are also a riot of colour.

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Once one of Spanish America’s greatest cities, Antigua nowadays is a picturesque place retaining the best aspects of its Guatemalan heritage. Encircled by three volcanic peaks, the city hosts boutiques, galleries, arty cafés and restaurants interspersed amongst cobbled lanes and shady plazas. Beyond in the western highlands are traditional villages with flourishing markets such as Chichicastenango which is a riot of colour.

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