Former colonial capital of Guatemala , and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Antigua is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Latin America. One of its main tourist attractions is to enjoy its religious celebrations during Holy Week, which is an ideal time to get to know it at this time.
In the heart of Central America is Antigua, 26 kilometers from the capital , Guatemala City, where international flights arrive at La Aurora airport. Shuttles and taxis depart from it and arrive in Antigua in about 45 minutes. Among the hotels here, two especially stand out: the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, which is located in a monastery and about a 10-minute walk from the center of Antigua; and the Hotel Central Posada de Don Rodrigo in the city center.
To get to know the essence of Antigua, the best option is to visit its market , where the most successful purchases are wood carvings, wool blankets, and hand-embroidered fabrics in many colors. A tip for buying at the market: haggle as much as possible to avoid paying the first price of the item .
Holy Week in Antigua is more than a religious celebration, and it is that every spring and for a week the city is transformed. The streets are decorated by the residents of Antigua, creating on the floors a show of colors with striking flowers and sawdust where the processions with their images will pass. This tradition of decorating the floors with flower rugs dates from the colonial era, a mixture of the influence of Spanish Catholicism and the Mayans.