Welcome to Porta Antigua

Enchanting, historical and breathtaking, colonial Antigua is a mountain paradise of rare beauty and rich heritage. In a land where, almost 500 years ago, two completely different cultures collided, around the year 1543 this gorgeous city emerged and later flourished. After already moving twice, the Spanish Conquistadores established themselves in this most strategic yet earthquake vulnerable area of the Panchoy Valley and made it their home. This city was for more than 230 years the center of government of the Spanish Crown, with a reign that spanned throughout much of what today is Southern Mexico all the way to Colombia.

La Muy Noble y Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Los Caballeros, as it was formally known in those days, is today teeming with vibrantly attired locals who embrace visitors as heartily as they do life itself. Its resilient spirit has been forged by time and nature, remaining today almost exactly as it was centuries ago. The energy and flow of the town is ever so unique due to the many cultures mixing, resonating and enriching the region with their spirit and traditions.

Surrounded by coffee plantations and a trio of volcanoes, this former capital’s cobblestoned charm lies in avenues lined with vibrant-colored homes and meticulously renovated Spanish Baroque-style churches, museums and convents. The moment you arrive, you are transported to a simpler, quieter time where you walk for the sake of walking, stopping whenever a certain shop or restaurant piques your curiosity.

In the city’s heart, steps from always lively Parque Central, is Porta Antigua, a destination in itself. A tradition amongst locals, an icon of Guatemalan hospitality, where you will always find great atmosphere, a place full of life, hosts that are always happy to see you and incredible views of the magnificent scenery. With two beautiful pools, an excellent restaurant and one-of-a-kind spa, we offer everything needed to experience the magic and warmth of Antigua.

Enjoy the best rates and conditions when you book your reservations directly through the Porta Hotel Antigua website. 

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La Cocina del Obispo

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La Cocina del Obispo

Food Type Typical Guatemalan

Entrada a San Juan del Obispo

La Fonda de la Calle Real

La Fonda de La Calle Real

Food Type Typical Guatemalan

5a. Avenida Norte #5

Ni-Fu Ni-Fa

Ni-Fu Ni-Fa

Food Type Steakhouse

3a Calle Oriente #21

Fridas

Fridas

Food Type Mexican

5a Avenida Norte #29

Monoloco-Restaurante y Sport Bar

Monoloco-Restaurante y Sport Bar

Food Type Mexican

5a avenida sur #6

Gaia-Autentica Cocina Mediterranea

Gaia-Autentica Cocina Mediterranea

Food Type Mediterranean

5a Avenida Norte #35A

Cafe Mediterraneo

Cafe Mediterraneo

Food Type Italian

6a calle poniente #6A

El Cazador Italiano

El Cazador Italiano

Food Type Italian

3a avenida Norte #1B

Saberico

Saberico

Food type International

6a Avenida Sur #7

Meson Panza Verde

Meson Panza Verde

Food Type International

6a Avenida Sur #7

Hector's

Hector's

Food Type French

1a. Calle Poniente #9A

Bistrot Cinq

Bistrot Cinq

Food Type French

4a. Calle oriente #7

Tartines

Tartines

Food Type French

4a. Calle oriente #1

Wings

Wings

Organization dedicated to provide Guatemalan families the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives through education and access to family planning and reproductive health. Its orientation is directed towards men, women and adolescents.

9ª calle poniente, Residenciales El Rosario casa # 3, La Antigua Guatemala.

Phone7832-5130

Precious Hands

Precious Hands

It is a for-profit company dedicated to support the artisans to produce, promote and sell their handmade crafts in the markets of the world.

5ª avenida sur # 11, La Antigua Guatemala.

Phone 4106-6766

Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro

Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro

Organization dedicated to health and care of people unprotected, offering free or at token prices surgery services, general medicine, medical conferences for specific ailments, gives home and assists disabled children and the elderly, children attending day care, attend young adults with addictions and alcoholism. Is maintained with donations from altruistic and get volunteers to help in any area.

3ª. avenida y 6a. calle esquina, La Antigua Guatemala.

Phone 7832-0883

Probigua

Probigua

This is a Spanish Academy and organization that supports social projects in the area. Open libraries in small towns and give scholarships to poor children. They need and welcome volunteers to support not only this project but also from other organizations.

6ª. Avenida norte #41-B, La Antigua Guatemala.

Phones: 7832-2998 / 7832-0860

Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja

In this place you can see the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in Baroque style, built in the eighteenth century. The village of San Miguel Escobar, jurisdiction of Ciudad Vieja is believed to be the site of the second settlement of the City of Santiago de Guatemala.

Location: 4 kms., from the city, taking the road to Escuintla.

How to get there? Public transportation that addresses this town or through a tour operator.

San Juan Del Obispo

San Juan Del Obispo

This town is famous because it was the residence of First Bishop Francisco Marroquin; he lived in a Renaissance style palace. Today it is run by a religious order that gladly let you go in and see the relics that are kept inside; in exchange give them a donation for their social work.

Location: 4 kms., from the city, take the road to Santa Maria de Jesus.

How to get there? public transport that goes to San Juan del Obispo, on foot or by bicycle.

Mirador de La Cruz and Cerro La Candelaria

Mirador de La Cruz and Cerro La Candelaria

Located 1 km. From city, road to El Hato, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. This ascent can be done on foot or by car but in both cases it is advisable not to do it alone, so the tourist police offers accompanying timetable.

San Felipe de Jesus

San Felipe de Jesus

Two kilometers from La Antigua Guatemala is a small town that annually becomes the center of pilgrimage, especially during the celebration of Lent and Easter. Inside the church is venerated the image of Christ laid to rest, possibly carved by the artist Quirio Cataño.

Location: 2 kms., from the city to Jocotenango road.

How to get there? public transport that goes to San Felipe or on foot.

San Antonio Aguas Calientes

San Antonio Aguas Calientes

This town is famous for the quality of the fabrics produced by their weavers, who are grouped in cooperatives. It is  quiet and has simple buildings. A few meters from the town's park you will find the local market to buy beautiful textiles.

Location: 7 kms., from the city, road to Ciudad Vieja.

How to get there? public transport that goes to this town or through a tour operator.

La Casa del Jade

La Casa Del Jade

This is the first and largest jade factory in the city. It has a museum, showroom, exhibition and much information about the Maya worldview. The museum displays a unique collection of 58 pieces of different cultures of Mesoamerica and in the end you can see the largest exhibition of gems of Central America, with unique colors of jade, which is only found in Guatemala. Location: 4a. calle oriente #10 

Handicraft Market

Handicraft Market

This market exhibits interesting variety of craft products, made by true craftsmen from La Antigua and its surroundings. Location: Alameda Santa Lucia

Local market

Local Market

The busiest days are Monday, Thursday and Saturday. It shows the marketing of agricultural products, as well as the color and variety of costumes worn by the sellers. Location: Alameda Santa Lucía

La Reunion Golf Resort

La Reunion Golf Resort

An 18-hole golf course designed by legendary architect Pete Dye, Fuego Maya is sure to challenge every golfer with its architecture and captivate them with breathtaking views of the Fuego Volcano and the Pacific Coastline. Location: Ruta CA 14 Km.91.5 Alotenango.

Volcan de Pacaya

Group by Volcan de Pacaya

Is the most active volcano in Guatemala, with 2500 mts. above the sea; the environment is formed by humid forest and rocks and it is readily accessible to visit and see the lava eruption, if active.  It has impressive views of the lagoon of Calderas and other three volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. Location: Aldea Calderas, Escuintla.

Canopy Tour

Canopy Tour

In order to complete their experience, the canopy tour offers excitement, beautiful views, flora and fauna contemplation. Location: Finca Filadelfia, San Felipe de Jesús.

Finca Filadelfia

Finca Filadelfia

Is an eco-tourism initiative that combines the familiar excitement of the canopy with the observation of landscapes, flora and fauna. It features a number of platforms for canopy located on the tops of trees or built in stone and communicated with 8 sections ranging from 50 to 520 meters in length in heights of 12 to 150 meters. Finca Filadelfia is a coffee farm where you can watch the entire process of coffee, from harvest until toasted. Location: San Felipe de Jesús

Volcan de Agua

Volcan de Agua

Located south of the city. Not in activity, however, has been one of the most destructive and decisive in the history of the city of Santiago de los Caballeros. For lovers of mountain climbing is a good choice because it can be done on foot, horseback or climb one part by car.

Valhalla (Tour Plantation Macadamia Nut)

Valhalla Sign

Experimental farm located about ½ mile before San Miguel Dueñas. Enjoy and observe natural macadamia, chocolate and macadamia and also you can buy cosmetics. It has a volunteer service program available to people who are related to the field of agriculture. Location: Carretera a San Miguel Dueñas

Templo y Monasterio San Francisco El Grande

Templo y Monasterio San Francisco El Grande

It has the richest pieces of colonial art. It is the most visited temple because in one of its chapels is the tomb of Saint Hermano Pedro de San Jose de Betancourt, and also for being one of the most fervently continue La Antigua Guatemalan religious traditions. It was built between 1575 and 1590. Rebuilt several times until it was built almost entirely in 1773. In the nineteenth century, built the chapel of the Franciscan Third Order in 1817 there was placed the tomb of Saint Hermano Pedro until 1991, which was transferred to a special tomb where it remains today. Location: Calle de los Pasos

Templo y Monasterio San Felipe Nery (Escuela de Cristo)

Templo y Monasterio San Felipe Nery (Escuela de Cristo)

It was originally the place where the Order of the Franciscans built its first chapel in the General Captaincy of Guatemala. It was damaged by several earthquakes and completely destroyed in 1717. Then, as headquarter of the congregation of San Felipe Nery, Diego de Porres, Architect in Chief of the city, was commissioned to rebuild it. Here, the people veiled Santo Hermano Pedro de Betancourt, before moving to the Temple of San Francisco el Grande, where he was buried. This church is famous for the art of painting and sculpture that are worshiped inside. Location: Calle de los Pasos

Templo y Hospital de San Pedro Apostol

Temple y Hospital de San Pedro Apostol

Its construction was sponsored by Juan Pascual and Jose de Porras, who finished in 1662, the hospital and in 1675 the temple. Damaged by earthquakes, only the hospital could continue to function, even after 1773. In 1865, the temple and the hospital were rebuilt and remodeled by order of the Sisters of Charity, to continue offering services. At the present and continuing the social work initiated by the Hermano Pedro de Betancourt, as known now, the hospital in charge of the Order of the Franciscans serves poor people who suffer any physical and mental disease. Location: 3ª. avenida y 6a. calle esquina

Templo y Convento de la Virgen de la Concepcion

Templo y Convento de las Virgen de la Concepcion

This temple belonged to the Orden de la Concepción, was built between 1623 and 1642. It covered almost 5 blocks, so it was probably one of the largest in the city, getting to host more than 900 people, including nuns, maids, slaves and students. It was damaged by the earthquake of 1717, and was rebuilt in 1729, becoming at that time the richest convent in Central America. Then was the earthquake of 1751 and 1773 which left more potential damage to repair, until in 1774 it was abandoned. Now, you can only see the front of the convent full of ruins where there was the temple. Location: 4a. calle oriente final

Fuente de las Delicias

Fuente de las Delicias

Famous because in its square is held "La Quema del Diablo" each December 7th  Location: 4a. calle oriente final

Templo y Convento de La Compania de Jesus

Templo y Convento de La Compania de Jesus

The set consisted in a school, a church and a convent. The construction of the temple was made by master builder Jose de Porres, and the school founded in 1582 is attributed to the architect Francisco Fernández Fuentes. . Location: 6a. avenida norte, antiguo colegio de la Compañía de Jesús

Templo de San Sebastian

Templo de San Sebastian

Was considered a Chapel because it was located on the outskirts of the city; it was one of the few temples that continued working after the earthquakes of 1773. However, until the earthquake of 1874 and due to the damage of the building, it was evacuated and abandoned. Its ransom has been slow because of the magnitude of the damage; now it can be seen only part of its facade. Some of the images belonging to this temple are located in the Church of La Merced. Location: Parque San Sebastián

Convento y Arco de Santa Catalina

Convento y Arco de Santa Catalina

In 1609, four nuns of the Convent of the Conception obtained permission to establish the Santa Catalina Convent, the second in the city, opened on September 15th, 1647. By the end of the century the population of nuns had grown so much that needed additional land to serve as a garden, growing to the other side of the street. To maintain the conditions of the cloister, the arch was built, so the nuns could transit without visual contact with the outside. This was completed in 1693 and rebuilt in the nineteenth century. Location: End of 5ª Avenue South

Ermita de San Jose El Viejo

Ermita de San Jose El Viejo

Its construction was due to the lack of a place to venerate the image of San José, created by La Antigua Guatemalan sculptor Alonso de Paz. Initially built like a modest chapel, but was closed because it does not have the license of the king. Years later, granting the permission, continued the construction of the temple that is now seen, which was completed in 1761. Two years later there was held the feast of San José, adding El Viejo, to distinguish it from the parish of San José, located in the lobby of what was once the Cathedral of Santiago. Location: 8a. calle poniente final

Monumento a Rafael Landivar

Monumento a Rafael Landivar

Monument to the great colonial poet Rafael Landivar. Born in Santiago on October 27th, 1731 and died in Bologna, Italy in 1793. He studied at the College of San Francisco de Borja, the Royal and Pontifical University of San Carlos, and in 1755 was ordained a Jesuit priest in Mexico. In 1767 King Carlos III, expelled from his domains to the Jesuits, so Landivar moved to Bologna, where he writes the most important of his works: Rusticatio Mexicana, literary work of great beauty dedicated to his hometown. Location: Alameda Santa Lucía

Convento de La Recoleccion

Convento de La Recoleccion

Beautiful colonial monument, now in ruins, home of the Order of Friars Recoletos, which was concluded to build by 1715. Location: 1a. calle poniente final

Claustro de San Jeronimo

Claustro de San Jeronimo

Its construction dates back to 1759. A few years later, Spanish authorities decided to install there the offices of the Royal Customs. Location: Alameda Santa Lucía Norte

Iglesia y Convento La Merced

Iglesia y Convento La Merced

The exquisite Baroque facade shows an extraordinary ornamental work done in stucco. Inside the monastery you can also see one of the largest fountains of the city. Location: 6ª. Avenida norte

Convento de Capuchinas

Convento de Capuchinas

Was the last female convent founded in the city. One of the biggest attractions is the impressive tower of retirement, circular configuration of 18 cells.  Location: 2ª. Avenida norte

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

In this temple is the tomb that holds the mortal remains of Saint Hermano Pedro de Betancourt, who performed in the colonial period a lot of charity, work to help the poor and now attributed miraculous qualities. Location: Calle de los Pasos

Convento de Santa Clara

Convento de Santa Clara

Originally founded by a group of Poor Clare Nuns from Puebla, Mexico, in 1699. Location: 2ª. Avenida sur

Catedral

Catedral Exterior

It was not until 1680 that it acquired the grandeur whose remains we see today. According to some historians, the catacombs are the mortal remains of the Conqueror Don Pedro de Alvarado. Location: 4a. avenida y 5ª. calle

Palacio del Ayuntamiento

Palacio del Ayuntamiento

Built in the seventeenth century, was the prototype of the Palacio Real. Its design and construction is attributed to the architects Luis Navarro Díaz, Juan de Dios Aristondo and Diego de Porres. The facade has double arches with Tuscan columns of massive stone, the east wall is lined with carved stone. Actually it houses the municipal authorities of the city. Here, you will also find the Museo de Armas and Museo de Santiago. Location: 4a. calle poniente

Centro de Formacion de la Cooperacion Espanola - AECID (Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo)

Centro de Formacion de la Cooperacion Espanola - AECID (Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo)

In 1994, the city of La Antigua Guatemala, which owns the building, gives the right to use it to AECI for the creation of Latin American Centre for Development Training. Located inside the monument Compañía de Jesus, it currently has three cloisters among which are available 18 classrooms, 4 exhibition halls, a dining room, kitchen and library and documentation center . Location: 6a. avenida norte, antiguo colegio de la Compañía de Jesús

Centro Cultural El Sitio

Centro Culural El Sitio

Is an association that works towards cultural diversity and sustainable human development, giving special priority to young Guatemalan artists, it promotes the artistic and cultural expression in all its forms (music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, literature and cinema) as well as other activities that are related to cultural development. . Location: 5a. calle poniente #15

Centro Cultural Casa Santo Domingo

Centro Cultural Casa Santo Domingo

Is located in the building that became known as Colegio Santo Tomas de Aquino and now is a hotel with six museums (colonial, archeology, pre-columbian art and modern glass, the artist hall, silver and pharmacy). It also has two workshops, a sale of candles and other pieces made from stone, clay and glass. Location: 3a. calle oriente # 28A

Centro Cultural La Azotea

Centro Cultual La Azotea

It has three interesting museums: Casa K'ojom is a music museum that exhibits instruments from Pre-Columbian and Mayan culture; Museo del Café with history and description of the process itself and the Rincón Sacatepéquez, exhibiting costumes from different regions of Guatemala and crafts. Finca La Azotea offers facilities for equestrian, wine tasting and visits to the coffee plantation. Location: Jocotenango

Museo de Armas de Santiago

Museo de Armas de Santiago

This museum presents a comparative sample of the weapons used by the Spanish and Indians in the time of the conquest. Location: 4a. calle poniente, bajos del Ayuntamiento Municipal

Museo del Palacio Arzobispal, San Juan del Obispo

Museo del Palacio Arzobispal, San Juan del Obispo

Offers guided tours service to publicize a collection of sculptures, paintings and altar-pieces from the colonial era. Location: San Juan del Obispo

Museo del Arte Colonial

Museo del Arte Colonial

This important museum occupies the building that was home to the University of San Carlos de Borromeo in colonial times. You can admire paintings and sculptures of the time. Location: 5a. calle oriente

Museo del Libro Antiguo

Museo del Libro Antiguo

Inside is a replica of the first printing press that operated in Guatemala in 1660. Location: 4a. calle poniente, en el Ayuntamiento Municipal.

Porta Hotel Antigua

Mountains by Water

8 Calle Poniente No.1
La Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Central America, 03001

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