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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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Tikal, Guatemala

Tropicbird: Highlights of Central America

Group tour

19 days from £3,458pp

Kinkajou

Kinkajou: Best of Guatemala and Belize

Group tour

12 days from £2,458pp

Guatemalan Souvenirs

Signature Guatemala: Mountains, markets and Mayan ruins

Private journey

12 days from £2,328pp

Honduran mountains

Guatemala and Honduras uncovered

Private journey

14 days from £3,378pp

Things to do in Antigua and the highlands

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

Visit Chichicastenango

Visit Chichicastenango 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

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