Enjoy 2 wonderful cities, ancient Antigua and Modern Guatemala City at the same day. You will enjoy the magnificient of two amazing cities
What to Expect
You will be picked up at your hotel in Guatemala City, first we will visit Las Americas Avenue, which is named after the Reform drawn in the late nineteenth century, due to the formation of the Organization of American States on April 30th, 1948. The area comprising the Avenue of the Americas was demarcated in several farms in the early decade of the 50’s with the intention of dedicating places to the American continent. Then continue to the Civic Center of the City, a set of buildings constructed between the 50’s and 60’s and includes: the Supreme Court of Justice, the Ministry of Public Finance, City Hall, the Social Security, the Bank of Guatemala, the National Mortgage Bank and the Guatemalan Tourism Commission. The Bank of Guatemala is decorated with high relief murals by Dagoberto Vasquez describing the history of the country, and the city also includes a mosaic by Carlos Merida.
Continue to the Major Plaza of the Constitution. This Plaza is the heart of the Historic Center of the city. It is surrounded by important monuments such as the National Palace (now the Cultural National Palace and museum), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Portal of Commerce and Centenarian Park. A few steps away are the National Library, the Periodicals Library and the General Archive of Central America. The tour includes a visit to the Central Market, which is located behind the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the basement of the Tabernacle Plaza. There, visitors can buy a variety of art and handicrafts from all over the country; ceramics, textiles, leather, wood, and silver.
After a sightseeing by the city you will enjoy a delicious Lunch (included).
In the afternnon transfered to Colonial Antigua Guatemala to begin your 3 and a half hour of a soft walking tour of Antigua. You’ll visit Central Park, Cathedral of San Jose, Arch of Santa Catalina and La Merced Church.
Central Park is located at the heart of the city, surrounded by the traditional grid pattern frequently utilized in Spanish urban planning in the colonies. The park is surrounded by the Palace of the Captain Generals, City Hall, the church of San José (formerly the Cathedral of Guatemala), the Archbishop’s Palace and the Portal of Commerce (or the Bakers’ Portal). Here, visitors will also find the Sirens’ Fountain. The Count of Gomera (Gomera is the word for a rubber plantation) built the fountain in remembrance of a popular legend, which tells the story of a King whose daughters gave birth but did not want to nurse their children. Learn about this famous story as you immerse yourself in the colonial history of the city.
Next, you will explore the Cathedral which was constructed between 1543 and 1680 with an elaborate baroque façade in mortar, typical of antique churches. The Cathedral has smooth columns, a body and a belfry that was rebuilt after the Santa Marta earthquake in 1773. You then proceed to the Arch of Santa Catalina. This institution was established in 1609, and the nuns in this temple and convent were cloistered. The temple was inaugurated on the 15th of September, 1647. In 1694, construction of the arch was finished and it served as a bridge to connect the convent with the gardens on the other side of the street.
At the end of the walking tour back to your hotel in Guatemala City.
- Roundtrip Hotel Transfers from Most Hotels in Guatemala City Bilingual guide Spanish/ English Lunch
What's Not Included
- Tips, entrance fee
- Personal expenses & Tips
- Meals not mentioned