We invite you to visit Antigua Guatemala, city that used to be called Santiago de los Caballeros during the Colonia period. It is a fascinating place, which its rich history, can still be enjoyed in its entire splendor. This city was partially destroyed by the Santa Marta earthquakes in 1773. In 1965, Antigua was declared by UNESCO “Colonial Monument of America.” As you walk through its cobbled streets you will go back in time 300 years. We will start our tour at Saint Francis the Great church and convent, which is one of the most visited nowadays. The church, among the oldest chapels and with its baroque sculpts and sketches, contains an opulence of art and traditions.
We will continue our visit to the Dominican Hotel and Museum, the most important monumental buildings in the city and the most luxurious in the General Captaincy of Guatemala.
We will continue with a walk to the Arch of Santa Catalina; unquestionably, this arch gives a unique touch to the city enhancing its colonial style, and at this particular place it feels as going back in time for centuries. We cannot miss a visit to the house of the Lions, built before the 1717 earthquakes, a beautiful mansion with several stone decorative elements, a true example of the colonial period architecture. Besides we will visit the Main Plaza, where it is found the only Mermaid fountain, built in 1739, which represents the fertility; then we will visit the Town Hall Palace built in the XVII century. Throughout our visit, we will appreciate the Colonial Architecture from the Central Park to the Royal Old Plaza, where bull fights were held and merchants used to gather near the Cathedral.
The City of Antigua Guatemala has a great number of ruins and restored colonial buildings, which constitute a fraction of the splendid colonial architecture of the city including the Cathedral, which has undergone several structural changes throughout time. Its baroque style façade with Renaissance and Mannierice details can be appreciated, besides its impressive height and several images on it. We would also have the opportunity to visit the Jade factory and the Handcraft market where is customary to find an array of Guatemalan popular art in different forms such as stone, gold, wood, wax, glass, silver, textiles, etc. These handmade items, in its majority, are found in many stores, markets, and street vendors.