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Extracurricular Activities

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.

Swimming Pools
Please check out prices at Hotel Villa Antigua and Porta Hotel Antigua.

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