13 photos that will make you want to visit Antigua

13 photos that will make you want to visit Antigua

This beautifully preserved colonial city in central Guatemala was once the capital of the Central American country. It is mostly known for its Spanish-influenced architecture and close proximity to some of Guatemala’s most impressive volcanoes.

First off, the sights your eyes will stumble upon during your time in Antigua are almost too good to be true. Everywhere you look, there seems to be a volcano or a mountain towering above gorgeous colourful buildings. It is one of the most picturesque cities we have ever been to.

There are beautiful and affordable hostels to relax at all throughout the city center (we stayed at Somos and absolutely loved it). If you’re looking for a bit of a workout and adventure, try the incredible two day Acatenango volcano trekking with Wicho & Charlie.

Not yet convinced? Well here are 13 photos that will, we hope, make you want to visit Antigua, Guatemala!

13 Awesome Photos of Antigua

Volcan agua seen through arco de santa catalina
The famous Arco de Santa Catalina at sunrise
Posing in front of Arco de Santa Catalina
The beautiful cobble stoned streets of Antigua
Antigua guatemala streets
Flower boxes everywhere you look
Volcan Fuego Erupting at Sunrise
Volcan Fuego erupting at sunrise was jaw dropping to say the least
Volcan agua seen from acatenango
View of Volcan Agua on the Acatenango trek
acatenango volcano trekking foggy forest
Trekking through the fog on Acatenango
morning light on arco de santa catalina
You won’t regret getting out before the crowds in Antigua
Antigua cathedral at sunrise
Early morning at the Cathedral 
parque central of antigua guatemala
Morning light hitting the Plaza Mayor
exploring antigua guatemala cobblestone streets
Out exploring the empty streets
antigua guatemala at sunset
Sunset from Cerro de la Cruz
Girl at cerro de la cruz sunset
Overlooking Antigua at sunset
View from Cerro de la cruz Antigua Guatemala
Come discover this beautiful city for yourself!

To be honest, we didn’t have the best experience getting to Guatemala. So we headed to Antigua with little to no expectations.

A little tip: unless you’re travelling on a shoestring budget and counting every penny, avoid the chicken busses at all costs! For the extra 10-20$, the organised shuttle busses will bring you to Antigua in half the time and you’ll feel a lot safer.

Finally, although we only spent three full days here, it ended up being one of our favorite cities we visited in Central America. The culture, the quaint cobble stone streets and the surrounding landscape make it a must on any trip to Guatemala incomplete without a stop here

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