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Antigua is a small town by many standards but the amount of restaurants, bars, museums, Spanish schools, and hikes make it a unique and engaging place to spend a week, or a year.

Students who are learning Spanish in Antigua will probably find that their days are occupied with hours of study but their off time can fill up fast. Many Spanish schools offer Salsa lessons included in the price of language classes. If not, there are several schools around town that will be happy to teach you the basic steps, and if you’re staying for awhile, you can get more advanced.

The museums in this colonial town are rich in culture. Spending a day wandering around the Ayuntamiento and the Museo de Santiago will allow you to experience the truly complex and interesting the history of Antigua. Paseo de los Museos, possibly the most impressive museum in town, can be perused in a few hours but if you have the time it's nice to lingering here a little longer. The museum, that was once a convent, has lovely grounds and is full of little nooks—it could keep you busy for days.

If you’re inching to get out of town and explore, the area surrounding Antigua has a variety of activities to choose from. Because of the diverse avian population, birders from all over the world are attracted to the four volcanoes that surround the city. Hikers can choose to ascend active volcanoes or climb to the Cerro de la Cruz for a stunning view of Antigua.



Other Activity pages in Antigua that may be of interest: Volcano Climbing,








11 Aug 2010

 
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Cerro de la Cruz walk

Cerro de la Cruz walk

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Antigua, Guatemala
Iglesia y Convento de la Recoleccion

Iglesia y Convento de la Recoleccion

If you choose one ruin to visit in Antigua, choose this one. Formerly a church, this massive set of ruins is probably the most impressive in town....

Historical Building
Antigua, Guatemala
Colegio de San Jeronimo

Colegio de San Jeronimo

This ruin site includes a lush garden in front and a fountain at its center. Built as a school by Mercedarian friars in 1757, it was closed by...

Historical Building
Antigua, Guatemala
La Merced

La Merced

Antigua's most impressive church looks most impressive around the middle of the day, when the sun illuminates its ornate yellow facade. Inside...

Historical Building
Antigua, Guatemala
Cathedral de Santiago

Cathedral de Santiago

Sitting proudly on the east side of the park, this cathedral has an ornate facade and is attractively lit up at night. Built in 1542 it was hit by...

Historical Building
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Climbing Pacaya

Climbing Pacaya

Climbing Pacaya is a mind-blowing trek for anyone keen on seeing volcanoes up close and in action. Take the morning trip for a better chance of...

Climbing
Antigua, Guatemala
Climbing Acatenango

Climbing Acatenango

This is a stunning hike if you are lucky with the weather, but do not attempt without a guide because you are climbing a serious 4000 meter...

Hiking
Antigua, Guatemala
Centro Cultural La Azotea

Centro Cultural La Azotea

The Centro Cultural La Azotea is an excellent family friendly three-in-one coffee, music and costume museum. The exhibition explains how the coffee...

Museum
Antigua, Guatemala
Cerro de La Cruz y El Hato

Cerro de La Cruz y El Hato

Overlooking Antigua from the north, Cerro de la Cruz is the perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful view of Antigua and Volcano de Agua. This easy...

Hiking
Antigua, Guatemala
Mercado Central

Mercado Central

A visit to Antigua's central market is an excellent way to experience local culture first hand. Open daily (6am - 7pm), rows of wooden stalls are...

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Antigua, Guatemala
Finca Filadelfia Coffee Farm Tour

Finca Filadelfia Coffee Farm Tour

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Antigua, Guatemala
Parque Central

Parque Central

Surrounded by important buildings dating back from colonial times, this central plaza is the main hangout for locals. It’s...

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Antigua, Guatemala
Palacio de los Capitanes

Palacio de los Capitanes

The Palacio de los Capitanes, the first two-storey building in Antigua, lines the entire south side of the Parque Central. Built...

Historical Building
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Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo

Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo

The ruins of Santo Domingo church and convent complex stand inside the grounds of the beautiful Hotel Casa Santo Domingo on the...

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Paseo de los Museos

Paseo de los Museos

Located on the grounds of Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, the beautifully-presented Paseo de los Museos, or Museums Promenade, allows...

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Antigua, Guatemala
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