You will be picked up at your hotel in Guatemala City, and transfered to Colonial Antigua Guatemala to begin your 3 and a half hour of a soft walking tour of Antigua. You’ll visit Central Park, Cathedral of San Jose, Arch of Santa Catalina and La Merced Church.
The Central Park is located at the heart of the city, surrounded by the traditional grid pattern frequently utilized in Spanish urban planning during the colony. The park is surrounded by the Palace of the Captain Generals, the City Hall, the church of San José (formerly the Cathedral of Guatemala), the Archbishop’s Palace and the Portal of Commerce (or the Bakers’ Portal). Here, visitors will also find the Sirens’ Fountain. The Count of Gomera (Gomera is the word for a rubber plantation) the fountain was built in remembrance of a popular legend, which tells the story of a King whose daughters gave birth but did not want to nurse their children. Learn about this famous story as you immerse yourself in the colonial city.
Next, you will explore the Cathedral which was constructed between 1543 and 1680 with an elaborate baroque façade typical of antique churches. The Cathedral has smooth columns, a body and a belfry that was rebuilt after the Santa Marta earthquake in 1773. Then you continue to the Arch of Santa Catalina. This institution was established in 1609, and the nuns in this temple and convent were cloistered. The temple was inaugurated on the 15th of September, 1647. In 1694, the construction of the arch was finished and it served as a bridge to connect the convent with the gardens on the other side of the street.
At your return to Guatemala City, you will enjoy a delicious lunch (included).
In the afternoon continue with your tour exploring the Modern Guatemala City, first we will visit Las Americas Avenue, which is named after the Reform drawn in the late nineteenth century, due to the formation of the Organization of American States on April 30th, 1948. The area comprising the Avenue of the Americas was demarcated in several farms in the early decade of the 50’s with the intention of dedicating places to the American continent. Then continue to the Civic Center of the City, a set of buildings constructed between the 50’s and 60’s and includes: the Supreme Court of Justice, the Ministry of Public Finance, City Hall, the Social Security, the Bank of Guatemala, the National Mortgage Bank and the Guatemalan Tourism Commission. The Bank of Guatemala is decorated with high relief murals by Dagoberto Vásquez describing the history of the country and the city, it also includes a mosaic mural designed by Carlos Mérida.
We will continue to the greatest Plaza of the Constitution. This Plaza is the heart of the Historical Center of the city. It is surrounded by important monuments such as the National Palace (now the Cultural National Palace and museum), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Portal of Commerce and Centenarian Park. A few steps away are the National Library and the General Archive of Central America. The tour includes a visit to the Central Market, which is located behind the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the basement of the Tabernacle Plaza. There, visitors can buy a variety of art and handicrafts from all over the country; ceramics, textiles, leather, wood, and silver.
Continue to Paseo Cayalá, located in The Heart of City Cayalá, 63 acres of land that combines various concepts of housing, dining, shopping, entertainment and business districts. A destination with more than 90 business concepts from cafes, shops and restaurants; a special place to share with a cultural agenda and activities all year round,
The tour also ends at Paseo Cayala, from this point we go back to the hotel. If you like, you can have free time to explore this place and return by your own to the hotel.