Welcome to the Laid-back town of La Antigua Guatemala

Resting at the tree's foot

Almost everyone who visits La Antigua Guatemala is taken by its laid-back atmosphere. It is almost like when you first approach La Antigua Guatemala’s main entrance you are given a chill pill. As the paved road that comes from Guatemala City turns into cobble-stone streets, you enter a sort relax-twilight zone and you immediately switch gears and begin to enjoy the mellow mood of this Spanish-style colonial town embedded between coffee plantations, flower farms and volcanoes, with red-tile rooftops, forged metal grills, intensely bright color palette and its laid-back parks with fountains.

So, what are you waiting for? Come to La Antigua Guatemala this weekend.

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  • Looks as relaxed as Port vila

  • Jerry

    Rudy, you are taunting me! This week I have been thinking about retirement (Feb 2009) and dreaming about Guatemala. Yesterday I was thinking about how much I want to return to Antigua soon, and wondering about living there when I retire. You have just added more thoughts about it. I hope to return to my favorite city very soon for another visit.

  • Michael, well it does except for the fact La Antigua is not an island.

    Jerry, it is up to you, my friend.

  • Meg

    I would be very good at that relaxing thing!

  • Jessica


    I was in Antigua Friday and all I can say is WOW. This place does have a laid back vibe but it’s also a very happening place. It reminded me of the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA. Retirement in Antigua is certaintly a great idea! I encourage people to visit, but stay several days. One day is not enough.

  • Meg, me too, except I have to work. Although I did enjoy a few minutes taking photos, all the recent park photos.

    Jessica, one day is much better than nothing, but for sure, come back with a little more time.

  • kelsey

    i wish i could come up for the weekend!

  • Marco

    Hola Rudy!
    It’s been a while since I posted on your site but I try and visit as often as possible. Although there are millions of sites on the internet, you have seemingly captured the essence of peace, innocence, relaxation and beauty of this small paradise in the middle of the American continents. Thank you for that. I am planning my first trip to Antigua and was wondering if you have any suggestions on where to start, accomoadations, restaurants and places that are a must to visit, and things to do while there. I plan to be there between one and two weeks at the end of May. Soy Guatemalteco pero creci en Nueva York y lamentablemente no conozco mucho de Guatemala. Espero cambiar eso en los dias venideros.