Parque Central in Antigua, Antigua (Self Guided)

Parque Central is the most prominent landmark in Antigua. What makes the park so popular is the opportunity to visit a wide number of other famous buildings inside the lush lawns. Take a day or two to visit this special piece of Antigua's history.
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Parque Central in Antigua Map

Guide Name: Parque Central in Antigua
Guide Location: Guatemala » Antigua (See other walking tours in Antigua)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km
Author: Nick
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Palacio de los Capitanes

1) Palacio de los Capitanes (must see)

Palacio de los Capitanes is located in the southeast corner of Central Plaza. Palacio de los Capitanes is another popular tourist attraction, constructed with a wooden floor and stunning arches that support the entire structure. The historical landmark was constructed in the middle of 16th century and was once the residence of the Viceroy, head offices for the government of Central America, for 200 years.
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Cathedral de Antigua

2) Cathedral de Antigua (must see)

The Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Antigua due to its beauty and convenient central location. The cathedral is situated on the east side of the central plaza. Unfortunately, frequent earthquakes in a short period of time have caused a lot of devastating and unwanted changes to its structure.
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Museo del Libro Antiguo

3) Museo del Libro Antiguo

Guatemala’s first printing press was established here in 1660. In 1956, the building became home to the Museum del Libro Antiguo. Among the exhibits, visitors will find a copy of the original printing press along with an overview of the history of printing, the will of Hermano Pedro - Guatemala’s most well known religious character - as well as a room dedicated to the process of making marbled paper.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9 am - 12 pm; 2 pm - 4 pm
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Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros

4) Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros

The Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros is located in front of Central Park, at City Hall. The museum offers five exhibition rooms with ancient paintings and sculptures. In one of these rooms, tourists may observe a frame representing the old city, as well as witness other important changes to the city. Swords, cannons, and muskets are also exhibited here.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm
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Palacio del Ayuntamiento

5) Palacio del Ayuntamiento (must see)

Antigua's City Hall, or "Palacio del Ayuntamiento," is located across Central Park, next to the Cathedral. The original building features several different session rooms, a jail, as well as a prison chapel. Restoration efforts were led by architect Diego de Porres in the middle of the 18th century.
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Portal de las Panaderas

6) Portal de las Panaderas

In the heart of the city, or the front of Parque Central, tourists will be quick to notice a long building with several slim columns. This building is called the Portal de las Panaderas, or Baker’s Porch. The walls continue to maintain the secrets of the colonial past, offering a fountain and large assortment of cafés inside the court.

Walking Tours in Antigua, Guatemala

Create Your Own Walk in Antigua

Create Your Own Walk in Antigua

Creating your own self-guided walk in Antigua is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Antigua Religious Tour (Part 2)

Antigua Religious Tour (Part 2)

The Colonial era left a gigantic architectural mark in the Guatemala city of Antigua. Inside the city of Antigua, tourists will cherish the plethora of beautiful churches and monasteries. Relive Guatemala's glorious colonial days and learn how the word of God was spread in those times.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Shopping in Antigua

Shopping in Antigua

Shopping is arguably Antigua’s most popular activity. Tourists find themselves here, in Antigua, spoiled for choice with a terrific collection of souvenirs, textiles, hand-made articles, cigars, and local Jade jewelry. Regardless of your needs, Antigua has something for everyone.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala, the city of Antigua is a small yet very picturesque example of Spanish colonial architecture, full of historic and religious sights of that period. Among the city's most notable landmarks is the Baroque-style La Merced church which, once a year, becomes center of the famous local Semana Santa, a holy week festival. Follow this orientation walk to...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Antigua Religious Tour (Part 1)

Antigua Religious Tour (Part 1)

Antigua is Guatemala’s most spectacular city thanks to its beautiful architecture and religious artifacts. Unfortunately, several of the prized buildings were partly damaged by the 18th century earthquakes, but have since been rebuilt and undergone restorations. Visit the fairy tale city of Antigua to enjoy beautiful churches, cathedrals, as well as monasteries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
The Ruins of Antigua

The Ruins of Antigua

It would appear as if the time machine has finally been invented in a place none other than Antigua. The glorious city of Antigua offers so much history beyond its streets and buildings, fountains and courtyards, that the great ruins of the city are almost impossible to explore in a single day.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Antigua Museums

Antigua Museums

Do not pass up the opportunity to discover Antigua's most interesting museums. Here you will admire wide collections of scientific, artistic, and local historical value. Enjoy the rich heritage of Antigua today.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Antigua for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Antigua has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Antigua, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.