This tour is designed for guests with limited mobility, who are able to walk short distances to board the transportation. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide to board your air-conditioned transportation for the guided 90-minute country side drive through sugar and coffee plantations as we make our way to this colonial jewel known as Antigua.
The first stop of your tour is the popular Jade Museum and Factory. On this visit you will see displays of the best sculptures made in Jade. Discover the intricate relation between the Mayans and this precious stone. Step into the factory to see how this stone is cut and polished by Guatemalan artisans who follow the carving traditions of their ancestors. At the end you can explore the shop for exquisite jade pieces available for purchase.
Continue from your comfortable vehicle on this slow-paced, easy tour that involves minimal walking on this city founded in 1543 by Spanish conquistadors, and played the role of capital and seat of the Spanish colonial government of Central America for over two centuries. In 1773 an earthquake devastated most of the city and caused it to be destroyed and abandoned. Ride along cobblestone streets, past vibrant colonial architecture restored to host a charming city today full of churches, convents and mansions - makes it apparent why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Have your camera ready as you'll enjoy a photo stop at Antigua's Plaza Mayor, this central park, though small, is the heart of the city.
Among the most important monuments is the Cathedral, built in 1669 and finished in 1680. Majestic and elegant, this cathedral preserves the beautiful colonial details of its Spanish heritage. The Palace of the Captains, featuring a row of 27 arches along each floor, the Palacio del Noble Ayuntamiento which houses the city's municipal offices, and Museo del Libro Antiguo or Antique Book Museum are also in the area.
At the very center of the square is the impressive Fountain of the Sirens, designed in 1739 by the main arquitect of the city known as Joseph de Porres, a recognized colonial architect.
At the end board your bus once again to return to Puerto Quetzal.