La Antigua, Guatemala, used to be the capital city until a large earthquake in 1773 destroyed most of the city and the Spanish moved the capital and ordered everyone to leave. Not everyone left and it bustled into a lively town of sorts.  Antigua is compact, easy to walk around, and there are many historic buildings, monuments and ruins to see.

Since Antigua is the most popular place to learn Spanish in the whole of Guatemala, you will find many Spanish schools here, and lots of foreigners.

Many people come to Antigua as a base to visit the many active volcanos that surround Antigua. It’s not uncommon for tourists to cook marshmallows with the heat that rises out of the ground of these volcanos. Lava can be readily viewed although we would caution anyone going near these places as one false move and you could lose a body part to molten rock in an instant!