Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
The Best of Antigua
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7 - 8 Hours
Depart the pier for a scenic 90-minute, narrated drive through the Guatemalan countryside to the colonial capital of Antigua. Looking out from your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, you'll notice the coastal scenery of cattle farms and sugar plantations begin to transform into volcanic landscape as you approach the city, which is perched at 5,000 feet above sea level.
Upon arrival at this colonial jewel of the Americas, you will first visit Central Park, where the cathedral and Government Palace are located, and the Church and Convent of La Merced. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with detailed information pertaining to the landmarks you see.
Lunch will be served at Casa Santo Domingo, a restored convent that now houses a five-star hotel and cultural center, including several small museums of modern and colonial art, candles and ceramics, and handicrafts.will be served at Casa Santo Domingo, a restored convent that now houses a five-star hotel and cultural center, including several small museums of modern and colonial art, candles and ceramics, and handicrafts.
Your last stop of the day is at the famous Jade Museum & Factory -- where fine jadeite jade is transformed into works of art. This type of jade is found mainly in Guatemala and Burma. You will learn about jade and its place in Mayan history. Enjoy some free time to purchase jade jewelry before heading back to the pier in Quetzal.
Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring sunglasses, a hat and biodegradable sunscreen.