34 Unique & Fun Things to Do in Antigua, Guatemala (By a Local)

Antigua is an absolute gem in the central highlands of Guatemala. It’s bursting with rich cultural heritage and unique architecture, including historical landmarks. The natural surroundings are just as breathtaking, with stunning views of volcanoes like Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango. Not to mention all the outdoor activities you can enjoy here, like hiking and horseback riding. Here are some of the best things to do in Antigua, Guatemala! Our top favorites will have a !

Antigua Travel Tips 

  • Merchants: Do not be alarmed by them. It is common for merchants to approach tourists and offer their goods or services, they are generally friendly and not aggressive. If you’re not interested, simply say “no gracias” (no thank you) and keep walking.
  • Rainy Season: The rainy season in Antigua typically runs from May to October, and while it may not be the best time for outdoor activities, it is a great time to visit if you want to avoid crowds and get better prices on accommodations and tours.
  • General Climate: Antigua has a mild climate with temperatures averaging around 70°F (21°C) year-round. However, the weather can change pretty fast, so it’s better to be prepared.
  • Tours: There are many tour operators in Antigua that offer day trips to attractions such as Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango Market, and the Pacaya Volcano. We’ll list some of the best ones below. But remember to book in advance if you’re traveling during peak season.

Getting Around Antigua

  • Uber: Although Uber is technically illegal in Antigua, you will still find drivers available! Intercity roads are made of cobblestone, so it can be a bumpy ride, but it is the best option if you are traveling at night.
  • Car Rental: Renting a car is also a convenient option for exploring beyond Antigua, but it’s important to know that parking can be limited. So ask your hotel or host if they have a parking lot or for advice on where to park safely and legally.
  • Tuk-Tuks: A fun and inexpensive way to get around Antigua. They are three-wheeled vehicles that can seat up to three passengers. Tuk-Tuks are especially useful for short trips within the city, and they can be hailed on the street. Tourists usually pay 10 quetzals ($1.25) per trip!

Uniquely Fun Things to Do in Antigua

1. La Nueva Fábrica ★

La Nueva Fabrica is a unique nonprofit organization located in the beautiful city of Antigua, Guatemala. It’s a place where art meets empowerment, where people come together to learn, create, and grow. Through various exhibitions, public programs, educational projects, residencies, and multidisciplinary activities, La Nueva Fabrica is dedicated to empowering people through the transformative power of art. La Nueva Fabrica is its permanent collection of historic photography and the artworks of its founder, the late Guatemalan artist Lissie Habie. By supporting this nonprofit organization, you’ll be contributing to a great cause and helping to empower people through the power of art.

  • Hours: 5 am – 5 pm
  • Cost: $6.50

2. Day Trip to Volcano Pacaya ★

Volcan de Pacaya is an active volcano with two hikes available. One goes up to the crater, and the other walks you over old lava beds with fresh magma in the cracks under your feet. You get to choose the hike’s difficulty and will enjoy it either way, making it perfect for any Guatemala itinerary. It is possible to hike Pacaya by yourself, but I recommend that you book a reliable tour company that provides transportation, a guide, and equipment. These guides provide information regarding Pacaya’s activity, any safety concerns, and its cultural and geological history.

For an extra $20-40 bucks, you can buy pizza up there from a local man who uses the volcanic heat with coal to make pizza! Don’t miss his amazing hot sauce!

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 5.6 km/3.5 miles
  • Location: Pacaya National Park

3. Free Salsa Lessons

Latin America for some of the best music and dancing in the world. You can take part in that, by getting some dance lessons! Las Palmas and La Sala hostels regularly host small salsa classes, or you can book a more structured class with a private teacher. Both options are FREE and a great time to do something a bit different with your vacation.

4. Visit a Chocolate Factory & Make Chocolates

The Cacao beans originated with the Mayan people of Guatemala, and you can learn all about it at the Chocolate Factory (ChocoMuseo) in the Central Park of Antigua. Booking this workshop is a great introduction to the flavor pairings of chocolate, but also leaves you with a delicious treat when you get home!

  • Hours: 10 am – 7 pm 
  • Cost: $26 per person
  • Neighborhood: El Parque Central (Central Park)

5. Overnight Hike at Volcano Acatenango ★

Hiking to Acatenango is a thrilling adventure, but it can also be hazardous if you’re not properly prepared. That’s why it’s crucial to book a tour with an experienced guide who has knowledge of the volcano and all the necessary safety gear and protocols. While you may be tempted to get as close as possible to Volcan de Fuego to witness its daily eruptions, your guide will know the best spot to watch from and ensure your safety at all times.

It’s also important to note that Volcan Acatenango is over 13,000 feet (3,975 meters) above sea level. So if you’re coming from a lower elevation area (like NYC), spend a few days in Antigua or Lake Atitlan to allow your body to adjust. This adjustment time will make the hike more comfortable and avoid as much altitude sickness.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Length: 13.7 km/8.5 miles
  • Location: 1hr from Antigua

6. Visit a Jade Museum & Factory

Jade is a natural export of Guatemala and integral to the culture here. Antigua also boasts many jade museums and factories that offer tours you can book and workshops where you can observe skilled artisans carving and polishing jade by hand. Jade makes for a beautiful souvenir to take back home, so do your due diligence and select one with excellent reviews that showcase high-quality products produced with ethical sourcing practices.

  • Hours: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Cost: $75
  • Neighborhood: 2 blocks from Central Park

7. Try Out Textile Workshop  

Traditional Guatemalan weaving techniques are a stunning and essential part of the country’s cultural heritage. Check out the women’s collective at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo for a private tour of their museum, textile demonstration, and classes!

Each town/region in Guatemala has their own patterns and styles to identify where they are from, and learning it is a great way to appreciate the culture. Many textile shops have programs to support women’s careers, and you may find pieces with the artist’s name on it which can make the experience that much more personal. 

  • Hours: Varies
  • Cost: $150 for a week of weaving lessons
  • Tours: Book Here or go to Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo

8. Check Out a Valhalla Macadamia Nut Farm

Just outside of Antigua Valhalla Macadamia Farm offers guided tours. Book one of these and they will take you through the growing, harvesting, and processing of nuts. This is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge about both the nutritional benefits of macadamia nuts as well as their environmental impact from farming practices.

  • Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Cost: $60 per person
  • Location: San Miguel Duenas

9. Visit Hobbitenango

Hobbitenango offers visitors a chance to explore several hobbit houses and other structures built into the hillside that blend in harmoniously with their environment. This is one of the most surprising easy day trips from Antigua. Hobbitenango is situated atop a hill overlooking Antigua and the 4 nearby volcanoes. If you have a car, you can drive up there yourself, but it is incredibly steep. Some hotels in Antigua will have a shuttle to drive you up there. Once you arrive, you will find gentle hiking trails and a cloud forest environment, full of stunning plants and trees. They also sell merch, artisanal goods, and have a few restaurants to eat at. You can also book a tour for a guided experience.

  • Hours: Varied
  • Cost: $225

10. Get Gelato at Sobremesa Helados Exoticos

Sobremesa Helados Exoticos is situated in a charming courtyard at the heart of Antigua. At Sobremesa Helados Exoticos, you’ll find an array of unique and delicious flavors such as maracuya (passion fruit) or guanabana (soursop). Plus classic favorites like chocolate and vanilla are available too – so take the time to explore the menu to pick your favorites!

  • Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Cost: $3
  • Location: Central Park

11. Eat at a Rooftop Bar/Restaurant

I LOVED the Antigua Brewing Company. Even if you’re not a drinker, you can grab some water or juice in their gorgeous upstairs rooftop space.

Antigua offers several other rooftop bars and restaurants, each with its own distinctive atmosphere and menu. Popular choices include Cafe Sky, El Cielo, and Vista Real, but almost any rooftop restaurant, bar or cafe you walk into will have one offering stunning views of the sunset over the volcanoes. 

12. Eat at a Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Plenty of restaurants specialize in farm-to-table cuisine that can bring you closer to Guatemalan culture than other restaurants. Farm-to-table dining is known for its use of locally-sourced, organic ingredients in dishes. You will usually have to travel to their farm in order to eat from the restaurant, so you can easily make a day out of it! My personal favorite is Caoba Farms.

  • Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Cost: $30
  • Tours: Book Here
  • Location: Santa Ana

13. Go Shopping for Artisanal Goods

There are many amazing shops in town. Just walk around and you’ll bump into several stores. Here are just a few:

  • Wakami : For stunning pieces of clothes and silver jewelry. They’re also a women’s collective of artist.
  • Nim Po’t Centro de Textiles Tradicionales: Nim Po’t is the easiest artisanal shop to find, as it is on the same street with the yellow arch! They do not have the widest selection of items, but they do have great options if you are looking to buy textiles.
  • Mercado de Artesanías : This is the best mercado (market) to shop at for artisanal goods. It is just a few blocks from Central Park, but has all the best items for good prices in the area.
  • Mercado del Carmen: This mercado is to the west of Central Park, and can be a bit overwhelming. It is an expansive maze you might feel a little lost in, but they sell practically everything you could need in one spot!
  • 5a Calle Pointe: There are plenty of small shops around Antigua where you can buy artisanal goods, but this road near the Central Park has plenty of shops to stop in and look through. 

 14. Walk Around to Visit Museums & Historic Sites in Town

Antigua Guatemala contains many breathtakingly beautiful cathedrals and museums that are worth visiting. Here are a few highlights to take note of:

  • La Merced: A stunning yellow cathedral situated on the south end of Antigua’s central park. Inside, its interior is graced with intricate carvings and stunning artwork.
  • Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo: This museum preserves Guatemala’s ancient art of weaving. Visitors can view traditional techniques and learn about Mayan textile history.
  • Casa Santo Domingo Museum: Housed in a former convent, this museum showcases colonial and pre-Columbian art as well as artifacts from Antigua’s history.

Antigua is one of the best places to visit in Guatemala, because they have so much cultural history to see! Travelers can book private tours of these cathedrals and museums.

  • Cost: $28

15. Take a Photo at Calle del Arco

Calle del Arco is one of Antigua Guatemala’s most iconic streets and it’s known for its stunning yellow archway. For anyone visiting Antigua, taking photos here should be a must-do, it’s essentially the Leaning Tower of Pisa for Guatemala. Visit Calle del Arco early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the lighting is optimal. Don’t be shy about asking some stranger to take your photo; many locals and visitors are happy to help you capture that perfect shot. Calle de Arco is one of the most popular places to go in Antigua, so be mindful of your presence and avoid blocking traffic or disrupting pedestrian flow.

16. Hiking in Finca el Pilar

Finca El Pilar is an idyllic nature reserve. Here, visitors can enjoy numerous hiking trails with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Sendero de las Flores trail is the most popular, covering 2.5 kilometers through lush forests and stunning waterfalls. Another popular trail is Sendero de los Conejos which presents more challenges but leads up to an unforgettable viewpoint overlooking Antigua City. If you’re new to hiking or want to learn more about the local flora and fauna, a guided tour might be perfect for you.

17. Visit San Cristobal el Alto

Situated at an altitude of over 1,900 feet, you’ll have an unparalleled vantage point for taking in stunning sights. From Antigua Guatemala, you can reach San Cristobal El Alto via tuk-tuk or taxi. The ride takes 15-20 minutes and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views once you get there. Whether you’re drawn by the views, culture or local market, taking time out to explore this charming village is well worth taking time for.

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: San Cristobal

18. Visit Santo Domingo del Cerro

The main attraction is its stunning panoramas of Antigua Guatemala and the surrounding mountains. Situated at an elevated altitude, you’ll have an unobstructed view to take in all of nature’s splendor. The hilltop location of Santo Domingo del Cerro provides ample opportunities for hiking and exploring the countryside surrounding it. You can take a guided tour or venture out on your own for an exciting exploration.

  • Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 7 am – 10 pm
  • Cost: $4

19. Get Lost in Convento Capuchinas

Convento Capuchinas is renowned for its striking architecture, which draws inspiration from both European and Mesoamerican influences. Built upon underground tunnels, the church features an unusual cross-shaped layout. You can explore the ruins of the church, cloister, and living quarters to witness this striking design up close. The convent complex features several gardens, including a central courtyard with a fountain.

  • Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Cost: $4
  • Tours: Book Here

20. Hike Up Cerro la Cruz

Hiking Cerro de la Cruz is a relatively short and straightforward hike, taking anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on your pace. The trail is well-maintained and provides some spectacular views of Antigua Guatemala and its surroundings. At the summit of a hill, you’ll find an iconic cross with stunning panoramic views of both the city and its surrounding volcanoes! This is an ideal spot for taking photos and admiring the beauty of nature. Be aware that it can become quite crowded during peak tourist season, so plan your visit accordingly!

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: .8 km/ .5 miles

21. Visit La Azotea

La Azotea is a world of activities in a natural setting. They have:

  • A guided tour of their coffee plantation, where you can learn about the history and production process of coffee in Guatemala. The experience includes visiting the fields, watching demonstrations of how it’s harvested and roasted, as well as sampling some delicious coffee.
  • Mayan Museum devoted to culture, history, heritage. And traditional Mayan music. Here, you can discover the different instruments used by native people, listen to recordings of their music, and even attend live performances by local musicians.
  • Restaurant on site that serves delicious Guatemalan cuisine made with fresh local ingredients. 
  • Brewery
  • Shops
  • And more!
  • Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

22. Antigua Walking Tour

Antigua is geographically small, but bursting with history. Making it the perfect place for a walking tour! You will likely run into tour guides on the street offering to tell you about the building in the area. Best part is that these are free, and you are highly encouraged to leave a tip! You can also book a tour online if you want a structured itinerary, but these tours will show you many of the locations mentioned on this list. The guides will go into great detail of the places your eyes might just look over. This is a great opportunity to ask the guide any questions you might have about the city. The tours are usually only an hour or so, but a great activity to truly learn where you are standing. 

  • Hours: Varies
  • Cost: $35

23. Relax at Earth Lodge ★

Earth Lodge is an isolated eco-lodge located in the mountains near Antigua Guatemala. Book a stay here to unwind in nature while taking in stunning views of surrounding valleys and volcanoes. They offer a selection of massages and other spa services to further help you unwind and indulge, which can be a perfect getaway! Earth Lodge also has a library filled with books and board games, making it the ideal spot to curl up with a good book and unwind in an idyllic natural setting away from city life. This spot is an ideal retreat to unwind in a serene natural setting away from all that bustles around you, or a great place to meet fellow travelers.

  • Hours: Varies
  • Cost: Varies
  • Location: El Hato

24. Brunch at Hotel Santo Domingo

Who does not appreciate a good brunch? Hotel Santo Domingo’s brunch buffet offers a diverse selection of items, such as traditional Guatemalan dishes, international cuisine and pastries and desserts. Enjoy everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to omelets and pancakes – there’s something for everyone at this delicious establishment! Hotel Santo Domingo’s brunch is served in their outdoor courtyard, surrounded by lush gardens and fountains – the ideal setting to enjoy a leisurely meal with friends or family. Live music performances by local musicians add to the festive atmosphere, while champagne or mimosas can be ordered to go along with it for an extra special touch.

Booking a stay at Hotel Santo Domingo then having a brunch there is the ideal way to mark an important event or just treat yourself a little.

  • Hours: Varies
  • Cost: Varies

25. Go on a Food Tour

Many food tours begin with a visit to the local markets, where you can explore stalls and learn about ingredients used in Guatemalan cuisine. Book a food tour in Antigua, Guatemala to sample traditional dishes like chiles rellenos, tamales and pepian. Additionally, you may get to sample local street food like empanadas and churros. Your tour guide may share insights into the history and cultural significance of certain foods you sample. You might learn about Mayan influences on Guatemalan cuisine or how certain dishes are prepared for special occasions. A food tour in Antigua Guatemala is an ideal opportunity to savor local delicacies while also learning about their origins and traditions.

  • Hours: Varies
  • Cost: $84

 26. ATV Tour Up the Mountains of Antigua

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to explore the beautiful countryside around Antigua Guatemala, booking this ATV tour might be just the thing for you! These tours offer a thrilling off-road adventure as you ride your ATV up the mountains and through rugged terrain, all while taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding area. One of the best things about ATV tours is that they’re led by experienced guides who know the area well, so you’ll always feel safe and in good hands. And if you’re worried about not having any experience riding an ATV, don’t worry – the guides will give you all the safety instructions you need and make sure you feel comfortable before setting off. 

The duration of ATV tours can vary depending on the company and tour you choose, but some tours can last for several hours or even a full day. And if you’re lucky, you might even get to stop at some scenic overlooks or other points of interest along the way! This can be a thrilling experience, that might just define your trip!

  • Hours: Varies
  • Cost: $66

27. Join a Mayan Food Cooking Class

For the food lovers who love to get their hands dirty, you absolutely have to book a cooking class! These classes are the perfect way to learn about local cuisine and culture from experienced chefs, and you’ll get to enjoy a delicious meal at the end of it all. You’ll swap recipes and restaurant recommendations with your fellow classmates, and the local chefs will be there to guide you every step of the way. Whether you’re a meat lover or a vegetarian, you’ll be able to choose from a range of Guatemalan classics and learn how to make them like a pro.

  • Hours: Varies
  • Cost: $90

28. Finish the Corazon de Agua Trail

The Corazon de Agua trail takes you on a breathtaking journey through lush forests and along crystal-clear streams, providing a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The trail itself is moderately challenging, but not overly difficult, so it’s a great choice for hikers of all skill levels. And once you’ve completed the trail, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve experienced one of the most beautiful and serene parts of Antigua!

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 4.7 km/ 3 miles
  • Location: Parque Ecológico Corazón de Agua

30. Complete the Challenging Cerro el Cucurucho Trail

This steep and rugged trail requires a good level of fitness, but the rewarding views from the top make it all worth it. The hike can take over 6 hours, climbs over 1,000 feet and is seriously impressive! The entrance fee is about 65Q (quetzales), which is only about $8. You are rewarded for stunning views and the accomplishment of the most difficult hike in Antigua.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Length: 16 km/10 miles

29. Early Morning Coffee at Parque Central

Parque Central, or Central Park, is the heart of Antigua. All the other stores and landmarks branch out from this point, making it the perfect place to enjoy the culture and watch the city wake up! There are benches inside the park and 4 coffee shops surrounding it, where you can easily grab your favorite cup of coffee, sit down, and enjoy the cool morning air!

 31. Watch Las Alfombras (During Lent) ★

Las Alfombras is a traditional event that takes place in Antigua, Guatemala during Lent, specifically on Holy Week, and involves the creation of colorful and intricate carpets made of flowers, sawdust, and other natural materials. Accompanied with Las Alfombras are the Catholic Processions. People in purple cloaks carry massive wooden carvings of the story of Jesus on their shoulders, carrying them through the street to deep, enchanting music. People line up, packing in the street to watch these procession slowly march over the intricate carpets.

  • Hours: Dependent on schedule
  • Cost: Free

32. Antigua Guatemala Citywalk

Antigua Guatemala Citywalk activity! You can book this guided walking tour, which will take you through the charming cobblestone streets of the city, where you’ll learn about its fascinating history and culture. During the tour, you’ll visit some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions, such as the stunning La Merced and San Francisco cathedrals, as well as the vibrant Central Market. But the Citywalk isn’t just about history and culture – it’s also a chance to immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Antigua Guatemala.

  • Hours: Varies
  • Cost: $65

33. Enjoy Guatemalan Street Food

Guatemalan street food is known for its bold flavors, unique combinations, and affordable prices. You can pay for an educational tour, but it is much cheaper to visit this market yourself and taste all the food you would like for a fraction of the price. Antigua’s best street food spots and indulge in local delicacies such as pupusas, tamales, and chuchitos (which are my personal favorite!). But that’s not all, you’ll also have the opportunity to try some lesser-known but equally delicious dishes like rellenitos, garnachas, and tostadas. What’s even better is that, by booking this street food tour, you’ll be led by knowledgeable and passionate locals who can share their insights into the culinary culture of Guatemala.

  • Hours: Thursday – Monday: 5 pm – 10 pm
  • Cost: $90 (or you can get lots of food for under $10!)

34. Day Trip to Lake Atitlan ★

If you can’t stay overnight, then at least go for a day to Lake Atitlan! After Antigua, Lake Atitlan is the most popular destination in Guatemala. It once was a supervolcano that erupted and created a huge caldera that eventually filled with water. The lake is framed by three inactive volcanoes and steep mountainsides, and is said to be a magical site!

Lake Atitlan has over a dozen small towns around its sides. Each with a distinct vibe and appeal. Party-goers will love San Pedro, artists will appreciate San Juan, yogi hippies may connect with San Marcos, and those who like the luxury hotels in Lake Atitlan will love Santa Catarina!

There are plenty of tours you can book that will take you on a 3 hour drive to the lake, then on a boat to tour each of these towns. If you are short on time and want to see everything, this is a quick way to get a great introduction to the towns in Lake Atitlan! 

  • Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $90
  • Location: Lake Atitlan

Summary of the Best Hikes Near Antigua 

Antigua has some great options for hiking, with the area’s natural scenery and stunning mountains. We have already covered these locations, but here is a complete list if you are a true hiker!

  • Acatenango Volcano: Acatenango is near the active Fuego volcano, allowing you to safely watch the eruptions as you spend the night up there! It is a tough hike, but definitely with the trip.
  • Volcan Pacaya: This active volcano is not as explosive as fuego, but gives you the opportunity to walk over warm lava fields and even cook pizza in the volcano!
  • Cerro de la Cruz and Santiago Apostle Square: If you would like to hike to Cerro de la Cruz but want a longer trip, this is the trail for you!
  • Cerro de la Cruz Short Trail: And if you want to reach Cerro de la Cruz without a long walk, take this route!
  • Cerro El Cucurucho: This is the most difficult hike in the area. So if you are looking for a challenging path, you will love this trail!

Best Hotels to Stay in Antigua

Antigua has many many hotels, from rooms in a locals home to elegant suites in nice hotels. You can find a large variety of accommodations, making it easy to find a comfortable spot. Here are some of the overall best hotels in Antigua you should consider. 

  • Maya Papaya: If you’re looking for a cozy place to stay in Antigua Guatemala, booking this place might be just what you need. This 4-star hostel has a beautiful garden where you can relax, as well as a shared lounge, terrace, and bar
  • Meson Panza Verde: This is a charming European-inspired property nestled among gorgeous gardens, showcasing an impressive art gallery and a breathtaking rooftop terrace with stunning panoramic views. Reserve a stay here for an amazing experience.
  • El Convento Boutique: Their rooms come with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, like complimentary Wi-Fi, bottled water, TV, phone, and A/C. Plus, most of the rooms even have a cozy fireplace and hot tub! You won’t regret booking a room here!
  • Ojala: This place is perfect for those who love being surrounded by nature, as it features two beautiful gardens. Plus, booking a stay here means you’ll be just a short walk away from the Santa Catalina Arch.

Best Restaurants to Eat in Antigua

I’ll be honest, the food in Guatemalan restaurants in Antigua isn’t going to be the BEST. Most of them are foreign-owned. It was actually hard for me to find traditional food. But despite that, here are some of the popular spots I recommend!

  • Madre Tierra: If you like a medium rare steak, this is the place to get it! Madre Tierra (aka Mother Earth) serves delicious and authentic Guatemalan parrilladas, which is essentially a plate full of different types of meat!
  • Hector’s Bistro: This is a more upscale restaurant with excellent dishes that you will not be disappointed with. They have a beautiful garden and extensive artisanal beer menu as well!
  • Luna de Miel: This is the spot for those with an intense sweet tooth! Luna de Miel (aka Honeymoon) is a fantastic crepe spot that packs their dishes so full of toppings you get full after the first few bites!
  • Tenedor del Cerro: This spot (literally translated as Fork of the Hill) is an extravagant, secluded spot with a stellar menu and even better views of Antiguas beauty. 
  • Kombu Ramen: Even if ramen is not authentic to the region, their ramen is easily the best I have had. They have a new building full of cool Japanese decor, and a minimal menu so they can create each dish perfectly!

Antigua is truly one of the most charming places in Antigua. And even if you want to visit other parts of the county, it is just a short drive from the airport and you can easily stop here for a few days before moving on. The history in this old capital is grand, and has a little something for everyone. It is very easy to explore as a tourist with little spanish and my favorite spot in the country. You just can’t skip over Antigua!

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About the Author: Alexis Musgrave

Alexis has been traveling the world since she was young and has now made her home in the mountains of Guatemala. Her love for Latin America has been a constant in her life, with frequent trips to Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. Alexis is passionate about inspiring people to explore new destinations and cultures and is always eager to share her expert travel tips and tricks. Her ultimate goal is to visit every country in Latin America in the near future.

Local Co-Author: Saul Tovar

Saul is a proud Guatemalan raised in the heart of the country’s capital, Guatemala City. He has explored the world and made countless friends during his travels. After backpacking through Europe and the Appalachian Mountains, he returned home to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of Antigua. Saul loves to share tales of his adventures, and in his free time, he can be found hiking Guatemala’s stunning volcanoes.

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