Eight Great Family Finds in Antigua, Guatemala

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Eight Great Family Finds in Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala-El Convento Boutique Hotel opens its 26 spacious suites to welcome families to enjoy the UNSECO World Heritage city of Antigua, Guatemala. The conveniently located restored convent is an ideal base for families to explore the cultural, historical and natural wonders of one of the most popular destinations in Central America. 
Along with strolling along cobblestone streets and learning about the rich history of Antigua, there are many ways families can enjoy sun-filled days. Here are eight ways for families to fill days in the enchanting city of Antigua, Guatemala:
Tour the town’s sweet spots. Antigua has many stops for families to learn the history of cacao and the cacao tree. Along with visiting an artisenal chocolate factory or partaking in a chocolate workshop, there are several places around town to satisfy your  sweet tooth.
Meander through the cultural hot spots. Take a few hours to stroll around Antigua and see the major cultural highlights including the City Hall Palace, Palace of the Captain’s General, the Cathedral with its majestic ruins and Paseo de los Museos. 
Go on a knock knock  treasure hunt. Stroll  through the cobbelstoned streets and take note of the myriad door knockers throughout Antigua. Collect photos and memories of the many ways people decorate their doors in Antigua.
Become a bird watcher. Did you know that there are over 100 species of birds to be spotted in Antigua? Enjoy the splendor of nature while introducing your children to the joy of bird watching. 
Embark on a spiritual tour. Antigua is one of the best conserved colonial cities with many religious edifices to behold. Take a day to see the many churches, convents and cathedrals including Santo Domingo convent, San Francisco convent, San Francisco Church, Nuestra Señora de Belén convent, Nuestra Señora de la Merced convent-church, Church and convent of La Compañía de Jesús:, San Juan de Dios convent, House of the Congregation of the Oratory of San Felipe de Neri, Church and convent of Las Capuchinas, Church and convent of Santa Clara, Church and convent of Nuestra Señora de la Merced and Church and convent La Recolección.
Visit a coffee plantation. Along with learning about the craft of roasting and pressing coffee, review the bean’s history and delight in a coffee tasting. You can also enjoy zip lining over treetops and riding a mule through mountain trails.
Visit volcanoes. There are many volcanoes to visit in and around Antigua including Fuego and Acatenango, Volcán  Pacaya and Volcán De Aqua. A family trip is the ideal memory-making experience.
Bike around the city and stop at a macadamia farm for macadamia pancakes, visit a textile factory, market or artisan workshop.
Antigua, Guatemala
Short trips can also be arranged to area favorites including Monterrico beach, Atitlan Lake, Coban, Lanquin  and Tikal. Families looking for an intimate boutique hotel can also check out El Convento’s sister property, Lo de Bernal. The nine suite hotel  offers Spanish Colonial style and charm and is located near Central Park and the bus station. For more information, visit elconventoantigua.com or lodebernal.com


  1. massholemommy says

    Wow, I had no idea there is so much to do there! I would love to visit there someday.

  2. I was in Antigua when I was on a cruise many years ago. The thing is, I don't remember much about it.
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  3. Sounds like an awesome place to visit. Guatemala wasn't on my list before, thanks for the eye-opener.
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  4. wow what wonderful family fun these would be.

  5. toughcookiemommy says

    I love visiting places like this that have so much culture and history. I'm sure it is a beautiful place to take some awesome photos.
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  6. What a great destination to add to my bucket list!! Thanks for all the ideas!

  7. prettyopinionated says

    My brother visited Guatemala a couple of years ago. He said it was beautiful there. These sound like such fun ways to explore!
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  8. Jennifer Williams says

    I would love to go see the doorknobs, crazy but I love going on walks here to look at all the different buildings. I love the ideas you are sharing, these are things if you are not from there you would not know to look for.
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  9. kristentoneycampbell says

    Sounds lovely! All except for the bird watching LOL I'm terrified of birds LOL
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  10. touristmeetstravel says

    Guatemala has always seemed like an interesting place, I've been meaning to visit, but I just can't get enough of Europe.
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  11. I think visiting a coffee plantation would be really cool. So would biking.
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  12. This would be just wonderful to explore! I would love to take a trip there.
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  13. triplezmom says

    I would love to travel somewhere so exotic. I had no idea that there was an Antigua in Guatemala.
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  14. Sounds really nice. I like exploring new places.
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  15. casavilorainteriors says

    I would love to visit Antigua. I am sure there is a lot of awesome stuff to do there. Great list

  16. I adore Central America. I haven't been to Guatemala yet, but it is on my bucket list.

  17. This looks like such an awesome place! I would love to visit!
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  18. This looks beautiful, although I could have swore you were writing about the two different countries. I hope to visit Central America one day and this will definitely be a stop. 🙂
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  19. mburbage says

    Oh a treasure hunt! How fun! These all sound like tons of fun to do on vacation!

  20. Oh visiting a chocolate factory would definitely be up my alley. And i am sure the rest of my families too!

  21. The New Classy says

    That would be cool to visit Guatemala one day. I didn't realize there was so much to do down there, because I am not sure that I have ever met anyone who went there to visit before.
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  22. Le-an Lacaba says

    I'd love to go there one day. Your post upped my interest!

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