- Antigua, Guatemala Extension2 days from $790
Discover the picturesque colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, commonly known as simply Antigua, situated against the stunning backdrop of the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala’s lush highlands. Marvel at exquisite Spanish baroque architecture; and delve into its indigenous heritage at museums displaying Maya artifacts, traditional textiles, and more. Experience Guatemala’s rich culture during a visit to a rural coffee plantation and a lively dance performance accompanied by enchanting marimba music.
Arrive in Guatemala City, the country’s capital, and then transfer to the exquisite colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, situated in Guatemala’s volcanic highlands. Check in to our hotel, situated in the historic center, and gather for a dinner of delicious Central American specialties.
This morning, set out on a guided walking tour of picturesque avenues and leafy parks. Explore the lively Plaza Mayor, La Merced Church, the brightly painted Santa Catalina Arch and a local craft market. Then, venture into the mist-shrouded mountains surrounding Antigua to visit a traditional coffee estate and learn about the history of the craft from farmers and artisans. Return to Antigua for lunch, and then spend a free afternoon strolling winding cobblestoned streets and stunning Spanish baroque-style buildings, or choose to visit a local jade factory. This evening, feast on traditional Guatemalan fare such as plato chapin, puyazo, and pepian at a local restaurant, followed by a performance of traditional dance and live marimba music.
After breakfast, return to Guatemala City and join a local guide to explore the extraordinary collections of the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology or the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress, showcasing important artifacts of ancient Maya culture and indigenous heritage. Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant, and then transfer to the airport for the flight to Puerto Barrios. From here, transfer to Puerto Santo Tomás and embark our ship for the journey northward to the Caribbean Sea.