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Antigua Travel Guide

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Plan Your Antigua Vacation

Filled with vestiges of its colonial past—cobblestone streets, enchanting squares, and deserted convents—Antigua, one of Latin America's loveliest cities, instantly transports you back hundreds of years to when the Spanish ruled this land. The city lost out on its role as colonial capital in the late 18th century, and yet with the reverence shown here to the past, you may think

Antigüeños don't realize that era is over. No matter, La Antigua Guatemala ("the old Guatemala")—to use the city's official name—likely relishes its role as the capital of Guatemalan tourism far more.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Learn the native tongue Antigua is one of the world's premier Spanish-study destinations. Just don't spend so much time hanging out with fellow English speakers that you forget to practice.
  2. Witness a procession Watch the faithful solemnly parade through Antigua's streets with incense and religious figures during Lent and Holy Week.
  3. Experience the "Old" Guatemala Antigua means "old" in the days gone by sense. Antigüeños have crafted an art of their relaxed pace of life. Join in.
  4. Live like a noble Every lodging here either dates from or is built to resemble one from colonial times. Play Spanish aristocrat … for a few days at least.
  5. Play historian The city is one of the hemisphere's great repositories of colonial architecture. For a sense of New World history, a visit to Antigua is a must.

When To Go

When to Go

A distinct division between dry (November to April) and rainy (May to October) seasons makes winter and spring months the ideal time to be in Antig...

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