Best places to visit in Guatemala: Our pick #4
Not to be confused with the Caribbean island, Antigua city is located in the central highlands of Guatemala. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city is famous for its well-preserved Spanish influenced Baroque architecture. Antigua also contains a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches that date back to the 17th century. Founded in the 16th century, the city was once the capital and served as the cultural, economic, religious, political and educational center for the entire region until, what is now Guatemala City, became the country’s capital. The cobblestone streets and historic monuments give the city an enchanting and romantic colonial charm. The horizon around Antigua is dominated by three large volcanoes, providing a dramatic backdrop and picture perfect setting. The city is also known for hosting the largest celebrations for Lent and Easter in the western hemisphere. During this time, the streets of the city are adorned with carpets made from colored sawdust, flowers, fruit and vegetables. The magnificent designs are created from intricate patterns and decorate the processional route during the festivities.