The Ruins of Antigua, 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.
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The Ruins of Antigua Map

Guide Name: The Ruins of 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: 2.2 km
Author: Nick
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Ruins of the Church of Candelaria

1) Ruins of the Church of Candelaria

The Church of Candelaria was erected in 1548 by the bishop Francisco Marroquín, however later became a parish church. The main purpose of this church was to spread the evangelical message of Jesus Christ. Today, ruins of the façade remain visible and indicate scrupulous ornamental details.
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Ruins of Santa Rosa

2) Ruins of Santa Rosa

The church complex of Santa Rosa was built in 1570 for a sisterhood known for their white clothing. Today, the building is infamous for two cracks running through the main part of the building. The cracks of the ruin tell a devastating story of the monstrosity of the earthquakes that ravished the region in the 18th century.
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Church of Santo Domingo

3) Church of Santo Domingo (must see)

The history of the Church of Santo Domingo dates back to the middle of 16th century when the Order of Santo Domingo was established. The ruins of the actual church are located in the cultural complex of Santo Domingo, which is located on the territory that today offers exhibits of Colonial Art, Archaeological Modern Glass, and even a Pharmaceutical Museums.
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Capuchins Monastery

4) Capuchins Monastery (must see)

The Temple of Our Lady of the Pilar of Zaragoza, popularly known as Capuchins, was built in 1725. Nuns of the Roman Catholic order, famous for their brown garments, lived here in severe conditions that demonstrated sacrifice for their religious beliefs. Today, the monastery’s well preserved cells, gardens, and courtyards are open for public viewing.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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San Jeronimo Ruins

5) San Jeronimo Ruins

The San Jeronimo School was built in the first half of the 18th century by the Order of La Merced. The building was used for Royal Income of Sales Tax and Royal Custom, the city's top financial institutions of that time. Today, San Jeronimo is nothing more than a large ruin. The thick walls, old stairs, and courtyard are all well preserved, as are the paths that lead tourists through history.
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Ruins of Recoleccion

6) Ruins of Recoleccion

The Recoleto missionaries’ request to build a temple in the city was finally granted when The School of Christ of the Apostolic Missionaries was erected in Colonial era. At the beginning of the 18th century, architect Diego de Porres built the classrooms, library, cloisters, and even a little hospital in this religious complex, which became later known La Recolección. Visit the magical ruins of a large, once magnificent place of worship.

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.
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 explore this and other popular attractions of Antigua.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Parque Central in Antigua

Parque Central in Antigua

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 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
Antigua Nightlife

Antigua Nightlife

Antigua features a variety of attractive clubs, fabulous discos, and cozy bars, making it the self-designated "capital of Guatemala's nightlife." The city's nightlife starts at 10 PM and offers a terrific selection of venues to enjoy a nightlife adventure.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
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
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.