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Guatemala: Antigua and the highlands

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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Things to do in Antigua and the highlands

Walking Tour of Antigua

Walking tour of Antigua


Learn Spanish in Antigua

Visit Chichicastenango

Visit Chichicastenango market

Climb a Volcano

Climb a Guatemalan volcano

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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 Swan

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