Antigua is one of the most beautiful colonial towns in the Americas, enjoying a spellbinding location in a sweeping fertile valley, where three huge volcanoes dominate the skyline. Its narrow, cobbled streets and pastel hued low-rise buildings give the town a timeless character, enhanced by the maze of Spanish facades, patios and arcades that make it such a joy to simply wander and explore.
Founded in the sixteenth century and Guatemala’s capital until 1776, Antigua is a cosmopolitan destination with a rich colonial past. Its long cobblestone streets are lined with pretty, pastel-hued houses, luxe boutique hotels and an exceptional selection of smart shops, galleries, and restaurants —whether you prefer fine dining or street eats, there’s no going hungry in Antigua.
This charming UNESCO World Heritage city sits surrounded by small-scale coffee farms, indigenous villages, and three imposing volcanoes. At the heart of town is the parque central, a European-style plaza that attracts everyone from families to shoe-shiners to ice cream vendors; most congregate around the park’s main feature, a fountain with four artfully sculpted bare-chested mermaids. Antigua was home to dozens of colonial monuments, churches, and monasteries, but a massive earthquake in 1773 damaged or reduced most to rubble. In the centuries thereafter, efforts were made to rebuild and restore, and the city now comprises a gorgeously melancholy mix of relics and ruins.
Set on one of Antigua's famed cobblestone streets, El Convento is a luxury boutique hotel with an intimate atmosphere and is a haven of peace from which to discover the city’s magnificent heritage. This is the perfect introduction to Guatemala.
San Rafael Hotel
Centred around two lush courtyard gardens in true Guatemalan style, San Rafael Hotel is a charming base from which the explore the colonial city of Antigua. With just seven rooms and suites it is perfect for couples and offers plenty of privacy.
Imagine Guatemala and Belize
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Lake Peten, Cayo District & Placencia
This awe-inspiring trip is perfect for adventurous travellers looking to experience the highlights of Guatemala and Belize without sacrificing luxury and comfort. Explore colonial cities and traditional settlements, visit vibrant markets, observe wildlife and uncover ancient ruins deep in the jungle and relax on white sandy beaches.
GBP £4,500 pp
Guatemala and Belize Uncovered
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Mountain Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District
Uncover the fascinating history and rich biodiversity of these two very different awe-inspiring countries. Explore colonial cities, visit bustling local markets, glide across lakes flanked by smoking volcanoes, discover ancient ruins and observe wildlife hidden in the jungle.
GBP £4,300 pp
Ultimate Guatemala & Belize
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Mountain Pine Ridge & Cayo Espanto
Indulge on an adventurous honeymoon through Guatemala and Belize, taking in vibrant cultures, fascinating history and wild jungle, before escaping to the beautiful Cayo Espanto, a paradisiacal private island hotel surrounded by shallow Caribbean waters and untouched coral reefs. Stay at luxurious properties throughout for the perfect mix of...
GBP £16,900 pp