The Ultimate Guide to Antigua, Guatemala

I spent 3 weeks in Antigua – the cute-but-kitsch Guatemalan town full of volcanos & vibrant colours – learning Spanish.

So here’s my top recommendations for what to do in this cute little colourful Guatemalan town…

Ultimate guide to Antigua Guatemala

Spanish schools

There are heaps of Spanish schools in Antigua. I did a 2 week intensive Spanish School with Maximo Nivel – 4 hours a day learning on the terrace, with this beaut volcano view.


San Simone Cafe

A cute little bar playing house & techno where there is no menu but the bartenders ask you what flavours you like, and ad-lib. The vodka & fresh ginger concoction was my fave – with super intense ginger, it almost tastes like it’s good for my health.


Rincón Típico – for an authentic Antiguan and super good value meal

Both their breakfast and lunch are delicious – so cheap and so authentic.

Breakfast was beans, scrambled eggs, the Guatemalan style cheese which tastes a bit like feta. Plus, it comes with freshly baked tortillas that are being made as you walk in the door.

For lunch, their staple meats are chicken (marinated in herbs), pork or beef. Or you can have a bit of everything if you’re indecisive like me.

Luna de Miel – for pancakes & a great rooftop chill out area:


I like supporting the locals, so head to the market if you want to get the best, freshest and cheapest fruit.

Antigua Guatemala market


Cerro De La Cruz

This is a short (but very uphill) walk up this hill, where you overlook the whole of Antigua. Often you can see the volcano erupting in the background.

Antigua Guatemala - Cerro De La Cruz - volcano

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  1. Happened upon your blog from TripAdvisor. I was curious if you could offer a suggestion on a Spanish school? Did you know Spanish before and did you leave feeling more fluent? Great page. Thanks!

    1. I used Maximo Nivel and loved them! I did 4 hours a day of private lessons as I wanted to smash it (I couldn’t speak anything before I went) and was a great foundation. It took me about 6 months to actually get to a point I felt more fluent – but I know Maximo does courses for different levels too. And Antigua’s an amazing place to learn 🙂 Disfruta!

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