Antigua is a popular spot on the typical “Gringo Trail” that winds its way through Mexico and Central and South America. Many travelers stop here before or after visiting Lake Atitlan or Semuc Champey. It’s an ideal city to use as a base for hiking volcanoes, learning Spanish, delving into the country’s rich history and drinking a whole lot of great coffee.
I had such a great time in Antigua. Its compact size, colorful architecture, mysterious ruins and dramatic surroundings make it such a fun place to explore. The entire city center is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s not hard to see why.
Heading to Antigua for the first time? Here are a few suggestions to help you get acquainted with this beautiful city.