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Guatemala: Antigua and the highlands

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Antigua was once one of Spanish America’s greatest cities, its prosperity and importance interrupted by earthquakes. Nowadays it is a peaceful, multi-national place retaining the best aspects of its Guatemalan heritage. Lovely to look at, it hosts lanes and shady plazas where flowering plants spill over crumbly walls, and pastel-painted colonial façades are punctuated with heavy wooden doors.

Boutiques, galleries, arty cafés and restaurants thrive here. The city is encircled by three volcanic peaks, along the fertile skirts of which flourish orchards and kitchen gardens. Beyond in the western highlands are traditional villages with flourishing markets. Chichicastenango, 1,965m, is the best known but others such as Zunil are also a riot of colour.

Our holidays to Antigua and the highlands

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Kayaking on the Macal River

Family Guatemala and Belize: Ancient temples and Caribbean isles

Private journey

14 days from £2,532pp

Honduran mountains

Guatemala and Honduras uncovered

Private journey

14 days from £3,378pp

Manuel Antonio National Park

Cruise along the Pacific coast of Central America - April 2018

Private journey

16 days from £5,999pp

Granada

Alcion: Central America Discovery

Group tour

22 days from £2,248pp

Things to do in Antigua and the highlands

Climb a Volcano

Climb a Guatemalan volcano

Antigua

Learn Spanish in Antigua


Ciudad Vieja

Cycle in volcanic foothills

Boys watching the horse race at Todos Santos, Guatemala

Visit remote Todos Santos market

What our experts say


The guided volcano climb was a highlight of my trip.  Horses can be rented for 100 each way if required, and will follow you in case you give up half way up! We couldn’t go to crater as it was quite active on the day. The last full eruption was May 2010. Climbing was not as difficult as first thought, the terrain quite easy but all uphill. Later we cooked marshmallows in a natural heat vent! It's also possible to drive up with a permit if you have mobility problems. Great views from the top, we could can see the Pacific and other volcanoes. It's not too hard overall and even suitable for children.

Jamie

Jamie Swan

Travel Consultants

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