Combine sightseeing in an ancient colonial city with a walking tour, a hike up a dormant volcano, and much more — March 2019
Steeped in living history and rich with a vibrant, diverse culture, Guatemala has much to offer visitors. From artistic colonial cities and ancient Mayan ruins to serene volcanic lakes and dense rainforest jungles, here’s an itinerary for the perfect five days in this beautiful Central American country.
Day one: Guatemala City to Antigua
After landing in Guatemala City, get oriented to the country by strolling through the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura (the National Palace of Culture) and taking in its incredible murals and furnishings. The former home of the president is the capital city’s grandest and most ornate building; 45-minute tours are available every day.
From there, grab lunch at La Esquina, a fun restaurant in the newly hip Zona 4 with pedestrian walkways connecting coffee houses, galleries and nightlife. Set up like a market, La Esquina has several different food stations with everything from tacos to decadent ice cream sundae concoctions, and a refreshing open-air vibe.
In the afternoon, make the one-hour drive to the charming colonial city of Antigua, which was once the capital. Cobblestoned streets are lined with old cathedrals and monasteries that sit side-by-side with boutique hotels and bustling restaurants. Antigua is an ancient city with a vibrant atmosphere that draws an international crowd. Take a sunset stroll around the main square, admiring the cityscape with cloud-covered volcanoes looming in the background, and stop for dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants serving food from around the world.
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