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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Welcome To La Antigua Guatemala!

Plan and book your perfect trip or stay in Antigua Guatemala with expert local advice, travel tips, and inspiration from OkAntigua.

Antigua Guatemala, the former capital of Guatemala, is Central America’s most popular tourist destination. Its cobblestone streets and baroque architecture are a delight to travelers.

For a small, walkable city, Antigua packs a large number of restaurants, featuring cuisine from all continents. It also hosts one of the largest, most elaborate and colorful Holy Week celebrations in the world.

Thinking of visiting or living in Antigua one day? Then OkAntigua.com will be a great resource!

Things To Do In Antigua Guatemala

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Cerro de la Cruz 2018 Visitor’s Guide – Plus Stuff TripAdvisor...

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Is Antigua Guatemala Safe To Visit After Volcan De Fuego’s Eruption?

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Santo Domingo Del Cerro, Antigua Guatemala: 2018 Visitors Guide

Santo Domingo del Cerro is quite the attraction. All rolled into one, Santo Domingo del Cerro has a restaurant "Tenedor del Cerro," two museums, art...

There are quite a few fun things to do in Antigua Guatemala, for visitors of all ages. The city has museums, art galleries, interesting architecture, and quite a few outdoor activities, including concerts. If you’re wondering what to do, I recommend you visit our To Do page for suggestions.

If you’ll be in Guatemala for an extended period of time, then Antigua will make a great base for exploration. If you’re in Antigua, Guatemala City is just under an hour away, the Pacific Coast about two hours away, and Lake Atitlan just 2.5 hours via shuttle.

Here, you’ll also be able to book trips to many other destinations in Guatemala, such as the stunning island-city of Flores, from where you can visit the Tikal Mayan pyramids. You can also head to stunning Semuc Champey and are only four hours away from authentic Xela.

Living in Antigua Guatemala

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7 Reasons Why Antigua Guatemala Is Expat Heaven

When I first arrived in Guatemala about a year ago, I had a small idea of what to expect. It's quite a leap to...

Shopping at Walmart Guatemala, PriceSmart and Cemaco

So you're all settled in Antigua. You found a beautiful house with a courtyard overlooking Agua Volcano, or a terrace where you can catch...

Guatemala Visa Extension: 2018 Guide To Renewing Your Tourist Visa

*This article has been updated on April 30, 2018* The process to obtain a Guatemala visa extension is well-documented, although there's a lot of incomplete...

For a long time, Antigua Guatemala, along with Lake Atitlan, has been a popular retirement destination – especially for expats from North America (U.S. and Canada). As such, it rarely makes the “hottest expat destinations” lists published every year by the overzealous real estate developers.

While it’s true that there are no relative property bargains to be found, it has the advantage of being a relatively easy place to live in if you’re a first-time expat that has yet to get a handle on the Spanish language. Antigua also offers many of the medical conveniences that cheaper, less-developed countries lack. It’s the small things that can often break the will of an expat willing to try their hand at living overseas.

If you’re thinking of checking out Antigua Guatemala as a potential short-term living destination, I recommend you browse through our Living in Guatemala section for inspiration and answers to your questions.

Dining In Antigua Guatemala

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Guatemalan Food Guide – See The Top 14 Dishes!

In 2007, Guatemala's Ministry of Culture designated specific dishes as the Guatemalan food most emblematic of the country - a fifth dish was added...

Hobbitenango Antigua Guatemala: 2018 Visitors Guide

Hobbitenango, near Antigua Guatemala, is one of the most interesting attractions in the area and a popular day trip destination. The restaurant, ecolodge and camping grounds...

Marañon Jocote (Cashew Apple): Guatemalan Fruits

If you've been to Antigua Guatemala's Mercado (Market) lately, you've probably noticed your share of exotic fruits and produce. If in season, marañon will...

For a small city, Antigua Guatemala has a diverse restaurant scene – great food at very affordable prices for the average tourist. To get an idea of what dining options are available, take a peek at our comprehensive restaurant guide.

If you’re interested in a more cultural experience, then check out our guide to traditional Guatemalan food, which will guide you as you make your way through the numerous street food stalls in town.

Latest From Antigua Guatemala

Though the town is a relatively small, there’s always something going on.

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