Mayor of the City of Antigua Guatemala
Antigua Guatemala, the main icon of the colonial Hispanic heritage, is located in the Panchoy Valley, surrounded by three volcanoes and mountains with coffee plantations. In 1979 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is subject to a special conservation regime. It offers a very rich sample of architecture, colonial monuments, churches, imagery and altarpieces from the colonial period, as well as visits to markets, handicraft workshops, study centres and Spanish schools. It is a setting where cultural and religious traditions come alive, ideal for weddings and special events, with first class facilities for congresses and business meetings.
In the 21st century, it is an important Central American tourist destination, with preserved Spanish Baroque architecture, as well as a large number of Catholic church ruins, even after the damage their structures suffered from neglect between 1776 and 1940312 and the earthquakes of 1874,13 191712 and 1976.
Holy Week in Antigua
Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala is a traditional celebration with processions carried out by the brotherhoods of the city's parishes between Palm Saturday and Easter Sunday. During these days, the religious images take to the streets in procession through the main streets of Antigua Guatemala. This event gathers thousands of national and foreign tourists, who can contemplate first hand the tradition and culture of Antigua.
The Safe Travels Seal is a set of protocols and regulations designed under the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish a general health policy for the tourism industry to re-establish confidence among travellers and provide clear guidelines for the return of tourism activity at a global level.
The aim is to align the private sector with standards that ensure the safety of its workforce and tourists as each country or region moves to the new normal. Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala joined the list of countries with the Safe Destination seal in 2020.
Antigua Guatemala is waiting for you
Tourists who have visited Antigua Guatemala recognise its charm, the hospitality of its people and the diversity of high quality tourist services. These elements have made Antigua Guatemala the number one city to visit in Central and South America in 2021, according to Travel and Leisure. Likewise, Forbes Central America recognised Antigua Guatemala in 2021 within the most "instagrammable" cities in the world, being the only Latin American destination in the top 30, this recognition was determined after analysing metrics on visitor tags on instagram.
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