What to do Outside of School
In addition to the activities of your school, we can help you schedule activities in and outside of Antigua. The following activities are a few of the many things to do and see.
- Finca Filadelfia (daily), coffee plantation in San Felipe de Jesús, includes shuttle transportation, US$15 per person;
- Don Filiberto, spend the day with a farmer & his family in San Miguel Escobar, learn about typical living conditions, hike to his fields on Agua volcano and learn how to bake tortillas, only by appointment, min. 3 people, US$10 per person.
- Women Weaving Cooperative, traditional back strap weaving in San Antonio Aguascalientes, local women explain about traditions and weaving patterns, US$10 per person;
- Macadamia Nut Farm, learn about cultivation and side products of this delicious nut, San Miguel Dueñas;
- Pacaya Volcano, departs daily @ 06:00am, US$10 per person plus Q25 entrance fee (to be paid directly);
- Acatenango Volcano, departs daily, US$49 per person (min. 3)
- Guided tour (daily) or slide lecture (Tuesdays) on historic Antigua. Learn all about Antigua's colonial architecture from bi-lingual guide and author of "La Antigua Guatemala", Elizabeth Bell, US$18 per person;
- Rent a bike and tour around town on your own (check with us for current price).
Mountain Bike Tours with top quality equipment and experienced guides,
- Tour Half-day Antigua Valley, US$19 per person (min. 3),
- Tour Half-day Downhill Cerro Alto, US$26 per person (min. 3)
- Tour Half-day Adrenalina, US$35 per person (min. 3)
- Horseback riding through the beautiful surrounding countryside and skirt the Volcan Agua. English and Western riding. Equipment included.
- Dance Lessons with a professional instructor. Salsa & Merengue taught.
- Treat yourself to a day of luxury at surrounding spas or resorts.
- Relax with a professional Massage. We can recommend trained massage therapists to help relieve the stress of all those long hours of studying.
- Check this month's Revue Magazine for concerts, lectures, art gallery openings and local fiestas.
Exploring & Shopping
- You can find every type of traditional clothing and craft Guatemala has to offer. Prices are initially high, but if you enjoy bargaining you can get great prices.
- The market (El Mercado) on Alameda Santa Lucia is open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
- The craft market (Mercado de Artesania) is located next to the main market.
- Nim P'ot (5a Avenida near the arch) has an incredible selection and display of traditional woven clothing.
- Watch in traditional back strap weaving? Take the bus to San Antonio Aguas Calientes. This pueblo is known for its double-sided weaving and intricate designs.
- Quality cowboy boots and shoes are made for export in workshops in Pastores (15 minute bus ride). You can custom design your own at very reasonable price. Catch a bus from the market.
- Visit a workshop/showroom featuring jade. Learn all about the process and bargain for the best price.
- Silver jewelry is designed and made in the town of San Felipe (20 minute walk from Antigua).
- See curing and tanning of leather near the San Sebastian Park at one of the many "teñerias" which supply material for Pastores.
- Colonial Art Museum- 5a Calle Oriente (1/2 block from Parque Central). Tue-Fri 09:00am-16:00pm. Sat-Sun 09:00am-12:00pm and 14-16:00pm. Exhibits 17th and 18th century religious art.
- Museum of Santiago- Municipal offices on north side of Parque Central. Tue-Fri 09:00am-16:00pm, Sat-Sun 09:00am-12:00pm and 14-16:00pm. Contains old documents and 18th century books.
- Museum of Arms- Municipal offices on the north side of Parque Central. Tue-Fri 09:00am-16:00pm, Sat & Sun 09:00am-12:00pm and 14-16:00pm. Colonial weapons collection.
- Casa K'ojom Music and Coffee Museum- inside Centro Cultural La Azotea, Calle del Cementerio Final, Jocotenango, Sacatepéquez, Mon-Sat 08:30am-12:30pm & 14-16:00pm. Collection of traditional Indian instruments and slide show on music plus coffee museum showing processing step from cultivating to roasting coffee.
- Casa Popenoe- 1a Avenida Sur (on the corner of 1a Ave & 5a Calle Oriente) Mon-Sat 14-16:00pm. An early 17th century house with a collection of colonial arts and furniture and original kitchen.
Please check out prices at Hotel Villa Antigua and Porta Hotel Antigua.