Antigua travel guide

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You're Going to Love Antigua

Antigua is a small Guatemalan town with cobblestone streets and a breathtaking view of the nearby volcanoes. The Centro area is one of the very first instances of city planning in Latin America, which is why the street layout looks like a grid.

This small city used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see many museums, churches, and other buildings that are representative of the 18th-century Spanish baroque architectural style.

Antigua is a charming city and you are going to love the busy and colorful Mercado, the popular Parque Central, the narrow streets of the Centro area, and the majestic volcanoes. Your trip won't be complete until you try local delicacies such as fried plantains and sliced mangoes, or take a tour of a coffee farm.

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When to Visit Antigua

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The busiest season typically lasts from December to March. Visiting Antigua between May and October is not ideal because of the rainy season. Plan your trip to Antigua during the Holy Week, during Lent, or around Christmas if you want to see celebrations and processions.

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Where to Stay in Antigua

The Hotel Casa Antigua and the Palacio de Dona Leonor are excellent upscale options near the Parque Central. There are more hotels in the area located south of the park, including the Hotel Soleil La Antigua and the Porta Hotel Antigua.

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Shopping Streets

El Mercado is the best place to shop, try some street food, and for people watching. The market stretches from 1a Calle Poniente to 4a Calle Poniente. Head to the southern portion of the market to find souvenirs, textiles, clothes, jewelry, home decor, and wooden crafts. There are also several jewelry and gift shops in the Centro area.

Groceries and Other

El Mercado is the best place to shop for fresh fruits and meat. The western portion of the market has many vendors who offer fresh fruits. You will find two supermarkets near the eastern portion of the Mercado called La Bodegona and Despensa Familiar. A gallon of milk should cost Q40, a dozen of eggs should cost Q13, and a pound of red meat should cost Q26.

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Where to Eat in Antigua

El Mercado is the best place for street food, including chuchitos, tacos, and sliced mangoes. Hector's Bistro and Rainbow Cafe are great options if you want traditional food and a cozy experience. Rincon Tipico and Taqueria Dona Lupita are two of the best affordable eateries. Try Toko Baru for a unique mixture of Indian, Asian, and Guatemalan cuisines. If you want a more upscale experience, try Casa Escobar Restaurant or Angeline for French cuisine. An eatery should cost around Q20, a mid-range restaurant should cost Q40, and an upscale meal should cost Q90.