Antigua Guatemala Stopover Tour

Antigua Guatemala Stopover Tour
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$75
Duration: 4 hours
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Description

Departing from Guatemala City, explore the fascinating city of La Antigua and learn about it´s history during colonial times. Our expert guide will share with you the many wonders of this fabulous city, once considered the third most important Spanish colony in the Americas

Your tour will begins with the pick up at the Guatemala City airport.

Transfer to Antigua, Guatemala to begin your soft walking tour of Antigua. You’ll visit Central Park, Cathedral of Santiago, Arch of Santa Catalina and La Merced Church.

Antigua Guatemala is town where time stands still. Once the third largest city in all of Spanish Colonial America and for 200 years the capital of Guatemala, it is today a peaceful, beautiful and partially restored colonial city. Cobblestone streets wind through the city of majestic churches and monasteries.

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 Generals Captain ,the 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 beautiful Mermaid´s Fountain. The Count of Gomera (Gomera is the word for a rubber plantation) the fountain was built 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 legendary colonial city.

Next, you will explore the Cathedral which was constructed between 1543 and 1680 with an elaborate baroque façade, 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, the 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 tour you’ll be transferred back to the Guatemala City airport.

Departing from Guatemala City, explore the fascinating city of La Antigua and learn about it´s history during colonial times. Our expert guide will share with you the many wonders of this fabulous city, once considered the third most important Spanish colony in the Americas