Antigua Guatemala Day Tour Description
Antigua Guatemala is one of the most fascinating UNESCO heritage of humanity in Central America. If you are in El Salvador, you can enjoy our full day tour to Antigua Guatemala from San Salvador and get to know this impressive city of Colonia.
Antigua Guatemala was the third capital founded by the Spanish. The first city had been forced to move by an indigenous uprising, caused by the high amount of taxes imposed on the natives. The second city was destroyed due to a flood resulting from a landslide of the Agua volcano, being forced to perform another migration. It was until 1543 that the city of Santiago de Los Caballeros de Guatemala was founded in the current town. This city began to develop rapidly becoming the general captaincy, ruling from Chiapas in Mexico to the territories of Costa Rica. Finally, the city was badly damaged by a serse of earthquakes, known as the Santa Marta earthquakes, forcing residents to leave the place.
In spite of the damages caused by the earthquakes that it has suffered in countless times, the city has been restored and has returned to inhabit, but here time seems to have stopped, to show us the splendorous beauty with which the Spaniards adorned their cities. Antigua Guatemala is a chest with many stories waiting to be discovered. If you are in El Salvador, El Tunco or San Salvador, take advantage of your stay to discover this Central American treasure.
Antigua Guatemala Day Tour Itinerary
Departure from your accommodation Hotel in San Salvador or El Tunco Beach. Your guide will be waiting for you ready to start this adventure
Do not forget to bring your passport and in case you apply your yellow fever certificate to have any setback at the border
We have arrived in Antigua Guatemala, and the Cerro de La Cruz viewpoint is ideal to start with a panoramic view that will take your breath away from this impressive city. From here you can see each convent, church, house, cobbled streets and squares of Antigua Guatemala. Custodied by the Agua volcano.
We will leave the vehicle parked and start our Walking Tour through the main attractions of Antigua Guatemala. We will visit the central square. The Cathedral of San Jose is located in front of the central square. We will continue until we reach the San Francisco Church, this was an important cultural center for the formation of philosophers, jurists, mathematicians, etc. who studied at their San Buenaventura school. You can not miss the photo in the Calle del Arco de Santa Catalina. This impressive arch was used by the convent’s nuns, who were forbidden to be seen, and when they expanded the convent’s facilities they were forced to build a bridge for them.
We will continue with our tour of the church of La Merced, one of the structures with a fantastic ultra-baroque architecture, with an immense amount of details on its facade, It has an incredible fountain, considered the largest colonial fountain in America. We will later visit the Jade House and the Chocolate Museum.
Enjoy a delicious lunch in the city of Cologne, you can consult your guide for recommended restaurants
Part of the tour allows you to explore Antigua Guatemala for yourself. Immerse yourself in craft stores, small restaurants, ice cream sales. Before we start our way back to El Salvador
After visiting the best preserved colonial city of Central America, it is time to finish our tour and begin our return to San Savador. Approximate time of arrival in San Salvador. 08.00 PM
On this tour to Antigua Guatemala we will have to cross a border, so do not forget your passport and your yellow fever vaccine certificate if applicable
Inclusions & Exclusions on this Trip
INCLUSIONS • Small Groups • San Salvador city hotel pickup and drop-off • Transport by comfortable vehicle • Professional guide • All Entrances fees.
EXCLUSIONS •Gratuities (optional)• Lunch /Food • Drinks • water bottle
- The best preserved colonial city of Centro Amercia
- World Heritage of Humanity by Unesco
- Dozens of temples and monasteries at every corner of the city
- Located at the foot of the Water volcano
- Ideal if you are in San Salvador and want to explore Central America