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Santa Catalina Arch (Arco de Santa Catalina) Tours

Santa Catalina Arch (Arco de Santa Catalina)
The Santa Catalina Arch (Arco de Santa Catalina) is one of the most iconic structures in Antigua. Located on Fifth Avenue North, it was built in the 17th century to connect the Santa Catalina convent to a school. This allowed the cloistered nuns to pass between buildings without ever having to enter the street and come into contact with the general public, thereby violating the strict laws regarding seclusion. On either side of the arch you will find the Convents of Virgin and Mártir Santa Catalina.

The Santa Catalina Arch is one of the most photographed spots in Antigua, and its prime location creates a beautiful frame for the Agua Volcano in the background. Although technically owned by the Guatemalan government, the Santa Catalina Arch is looked after by the Santos family, which also owns the Reino del Jade store and Hotel El Convento.

If you’ve been to Guatemala City, this arch may seem familiar, and for good reason; the Guatemala Post Office Building was patterned after this iconic arch.

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The Santa Catalina Arch is one of the most popular tourist sites in Antigua. If you want to beat the crowds, come early. Agua Volcano, south of the arch, is primarily only visible on clear days. 
Address: 5 Av. Norte and 2 Calle Poniente, Antigua, Guatemala
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La Antigua Cultural Walking Tour

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La Antigua Cultural Walking Tour

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Step onto the cobblestone-clad streets of colonial Antigua for this flexible-length walking tour. Stroll the streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you visit top landmarks like the ‘Ayuntamiento’ (City Hall Palace), Palace of the Captain’s General, the main cathedral, and Santo Domingo, a well-known hotel and cultural center. A final stop at a local jade factory provides additional insight into Guatemala’s Mayan culture.
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  • 3 hours
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Antigua Guatemala Tour from Puerto Quetzal

Antigua Guatemala Tour from Puerto Quetzal

Private off-shore excursion specially designed for cruisers arriving at the port "Puerto Quetzal" to visit the city which once was the capital of Central America: Antigua Guatemala. Certified bilingual guide and minivan/bus with authorization to pick up travelers at the port.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$167.00
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Experience Antigua Walking Tour

Experience Antigua Walking Tour

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Visit several Antigua highlights in one convenient walking tour, ideal for first-time visitors or those with limited time in the region. There’s no need to worry about getting lost or overlooking lesser-known spots, as your guide will escort you from point to point, providing context for each attraction along the way.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$25.65
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Colonial Antigua Afternoon Walking Tour

Colonial Antigua Afternoon Walking Tour

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Get acquainted with the colonial treasures of Antigua, Guatemala, on a 3-hour afternoon walking tour. Replete with charming churches and brightly colored buildings, the UNESCO-listed city of Antigua is ideal to explore by foot. Alongside your guide, you’ll stroll past landmarks such as La Merced Cathedral and the Cathedral of San Francisco while listening to history-rich commentary. See, too, the recognizable yellow Santa Catalina Arch, backed by the mighty Agua volcano, and Palacio del Ayuntamiento. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 3 hours
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Antigua Guatemala City Tour

Antigua Guatemala City Tour

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Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, this famous ancient city was once the capital of this diverse and colorful nation. Spend the day exploring the historic streets of this picturesque city and get an up-close look at the ruins of colonial churches and Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. Your friendly, professional guide will unlock the history, culture and traditions of this popular destination and take you to all the top Antigua landmarks.
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  • 6 hours
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Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of Antigua Guatemala

Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of Antigua Guatemala

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Get a short introduction to the Spanish-colonial charm of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during this 3-hour morning tour from Guatemala City. This atmospheric city was the country’s capital for more than 200 years, creating a wealth of historic architecture and gorgeous scenery for you to discover during your walking tour. Tread on Antigua’s cobblestone streets as you explore sites like the Cathedral of Santiago, Central Park and the city's iconic Arch of Santa Catalina. Your Antigua visit includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport (except during Holy Week in April).
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  • 3 hours
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Taste of Guatemala,Walking Food Tour in Antigua Guatemala

Taste of Guatemala,Walking Food Tour in Antigua Guatemala

Explore Antigua on a half-day tour that combines sightseeing with tastings of local food specialties. Your guide starts with a walking tour of landmarks such as Central Park, City Hall, and important churches, then continues to the vibrant local market. Learn about native foods in Mesoamerica, watch women making fresh corn tortillas, and stop at a restaurant for samples of typical Guatemalan treats.
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  • 3 hours
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LA ANTIGUA CULTURAL WALKING TOUR- Afternoon

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LA ANTIGUA CULTURAL WALKING TOUR- Afternoon

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Get a glimpse of Guatemala’s colonial past with this walking tour of Antigua. This former capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beloved for its cobblestone streets and majestic church ruins. Meet your guide in the Central Plaza and visit sites like a jade factory, City Hall Palace, and Santo Domingo, an elegant hotel and cultural center. As you walk, your guide will share information on Antigua’s history and architecture.
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  • 3 hours
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Full-Day Tour: Colonial Antigua, Jade Factory and Textile Experience

Full-Day Tour: Colonial Antigua, Jade Factory and Textile Experience

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Immerse yourself in the colonial history of Antigua, plus the idyllic landscape of small villages and farms just outside of town, on this 8-hour excursion. Explore the centuries-old traditions of the tiny hamlets like San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Ciudad Vieja and San Juan del Obispo just outside of Antigua, where you’ll also stop to visit a macadamia nut plantation. Then tread the cobblestone streets of Antigua on foot, visiting city landmarks including the Arch of Santa Catalina, Cathedral of San Jose and much more. This Antigua small villages and walking tour also covers a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
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Antigua Guatemala Walking Group Tour

Antigua Guatemala Walking Group Tour

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As one of the oldest cities in Guatemala, Antigua is brimming with history, legends, and plenty of sightseeing. This guided tour of Antigua gives you a taste of all the city has to offer—wander through the cobbled colonial streets with your guide to get the local perspective on key sights and attractions like La Merced, plus get recommendations on great restaurants and fun activities to check out while you're in town.
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  • 3 hours
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Antigua Sightseeing: Private Walking Tour Culture and History

Antigua Sightseeing: Private Walking Tour Culture and History

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See the best of Antigua on this customizable private tour. As you make your way down the charming cobblestone streets, visit key sites like churches, the Santa Catalina Arch, and the Jade Museum. You can also check out the Central Market to sample local cuisine and coffee. As you walk, your guide shares information about the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Antigua Guatemala Shore Excursion from Puerto Quetzal

Antigua Guatemala Shore Excursion from Puerto Quetzal

We'll depart from Puerto Quetzal to Antigua Guatemala, one of the most interesting Destinations in Guatemala. It combines well-preserved Colonial Architecture, nice Gardens and attractive Shops. Visitors of this World Heritage City are always amazed because there´s many interesting things to discover and Enjoy. Our Tours are very dynamic, We have a passionate team of Tour Guides that really enjoy sharing good information and have the experience to know what pleases Travelers.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Colonial Antigua Guatemala tour & Hot Springs from Antigua Guatemala

Colonial Antigua Guatemala tour & Hot Springs from Antigua Guatemala

Explore the fascinating city of La Antigua, a UNESCO World Hertiageand, to learn about it´s history during colonial times, and about the customs, traditions, oral traditions and more. Our expert guide will share with you a lot of knowledge of this fabulous city, once considered the third most important Spanish colony in the Americas, then transfer to Kawilal Hot Springs to feel relaxed in the afternoon and enjoy at hot springs.
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  • 8 hours
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Walking Tour Antigua Guatemala

Walking Tour Antigua Guatemala

This tour takes place only if you're a group of minimum 10 people . I'll walk with you around this fascinating City of Antigua and walk you around its main buildings. We will talk of its Heritage, History and Culture. Be ready to walk plenty on the cobblestones streets, and bring your hats, water and comfortable clothes. We do other tours around Guatemala with small and large groups as well. Happy trails then!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$12.00
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Guatemala City Market and Food Tour from Antigua

Guatemala City Market and Food Tour from Antigua

Discover some of the best cuisine in central America before the rest of the world hears about it! Our delectable tour will introduce you to indigenous ingredients once cultivated by the ancient Mayans. Learn how these flavours blend with colonial Spanish cuisine to create inspirational national dishes that rival Guatemala’s more famous neighbours. Factor in a visit to the colourful local market, a tasting of (arguably) the world’s best coffee alongside a glut of stunning architecture and we have a recipe for a tasty and truly memorable day.
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  • 4 hours
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Las Tierras Altas

Las Tierras Altas "Lujo" Version

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We will shuttle 30 minutes outside Antigua through the town of Parramos and the small village of Chirijuyu to meet our trailhead. From there we begin an introductory climb followed by a 3km jeep track descent through coffee and avocado plantations. We will ride smooth trails through agricultural operations and then cross the rustic town of San Andres Itzapa. From there we will start our second climb (4km) up through the town on paved and cobble stoned roads before entering a pine forest at 1900m (6,400ft). Crossing a small ravine will bring us to a smooth descent and fast singletrack through pine trees. This will exit into the plains of Parramos crossing fields of corn, fruit, beans and greenhouses as you wind along agricultural singletrack. The final descent follows 500+ year old trails that have been eroded into tunnels of tight twisty fun. Exit in the town of Pastores and cycle the gradual paved downhill back to Antigua!
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Antigua Guatemala

Cultural Antigua Guatemala

When visiting Antigua, a walking tour is the way to go. Admire views of colonial structures and colorful churches as you wander down the city's cobbled streets with your guide. As you walk, your guide shares a local perspective on top sights like La Merced and Plaza Mayor.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Antigua Guatemala Walking Tour

Private Antigua Guatemala Walking Tour

At Avem Travel we offer complete private tours and travel experiences in Guatemala that are unique and suited to our travelers' needs. In this Private Antigua Guatemala Walking Tour, like no other, you'll walk around the cobblestone streets as you discover the most emblematic landmarks in this beautiful colonial city. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require additional assistance with your tour.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$120.00
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Antigua Guatemala ,Day Tour from Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala ,Day Tour from Antigua Guatemala

Located less than one hour from Guatemala City, Antigua is the perfect place to spend a day away from the busy city streets. Offered in seven different languages, the 7-hour tour begins with complimentary hotel pickup. Experience unparalleled views - and free entrance- at El Cerro de la Cruz, then tour the historic city center with your guide. After visits to the Coffee and Mayan Music Museums, unwind during your return to the city.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$70.00
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Private Tour: Antigua Guatemala & Villages from Antigua Guatemala

Private Tour: Antigua Guatemala & Villages from Antigua Guatemala

Start a day full of history, beautiful landscapes and walk on cobblestone streets, We will also enjoy an afternoon tour of the towns around Antigua and a macadamia farm.
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  • 8 hours
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$120.21
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Private Tour: Antigua Guatemala & Guatemala City Tour from Antigua Guatemala

Private Tour: Antigua Guatemala & Guatemala City Tour from Antigua Guatemala

Enjoy of two magical cities with the charm of the Colonial Antigua and the Modern Guatemala City, learn about the history of both cities.
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  • 8 hours
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$120.21
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Private Walking tour of Antigua Guatemala

Private Walking tour of Antigua Guatemala

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You will enjoy the most charming spots of Antigua Guatemala in an authentic and fun way, exploring across its cobblestone streets and enjoying the color and tastes of our culture. You will visit ruins of convents and churches, old colonial houses, emblematic parks, and beautiful markets, accompanied by a local guide.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$30.00
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