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Local Attractions

Explore our Beautiful City

Whether you’re interested in Antigua’s architectural treasures, colorful local culture or stunning scenery, our boutique hotel is the perfect locale as you set out to discover the top attractions and things to do in and around Antigua, Guatemala.

Our Pensativo House Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Antigua Guatemala or "Ancient Guatemala," which was founded in 1524 as our country’s third capital city. Located 35 kilometers west of Guatemala City, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its beautifully preserved Baroque-style architecture dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Set out walking down Antigua’s cobblestone streets and uncover 250-year-old churches, historic convents, ancient ruins, a downtown artisan market and picturesque squares all within approximately ten minutes. Here, you’ll experience the opportunity to absorb an immense amount of local culture. This experience includes tasting authentic Guatemalan cuisine, leisurely browsing through boutique shops, dancing along with the vibrant nightlife and wondering in awe at three majestic volcanoes (Agua, Acatenango and Fuego.) Discover the rich cultural heritage of our city!

Want to explore more of Antigua? Our concierge can help you organize a ziplining excursion through the forest, a local coffee farm tour or a hike to the Volcán de Agua (Volcano of Water). Come to Pensativo House Hotel for the true magic of ancient Guatemala.

St. Joseph Cathedral

Ten minutes - walking

St. Joseph Cathedral in La Antigua Guatemala is a Roman Catholic church originally built around 1541, but suffered several earthquakes throughout its history, and the first church building was demolished in 1669. The cathedral was rebuilt and consecrated in 1680. It is located in front of main plaza and it offers daily services in different hours

Convent and Arch of Santa Catalina

Ten minutes - walking

Located near Central Plaza, Arco de Santa Catalina is an Antigua icon. When it was first constructed in the 17th century, it connected the Santa Catalina convent to a school. That key feature allowed the cloistered nuns to pass from one building to the other without venturing to the street. 

Antique Book Museum

Ten minutes - walking

This intimate museum is located in Central Plaza and houses a diverse selection of Colonial era books, landmark city documents and replicas of printing presses from the 1600s. Most notably, it displays the first edition of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s influential novel The Indigenous Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha.

Casa Santo Domingo Museums

15 minutes - walking

Antigua’s Museums Promenade offers a range of fascinating museums in one complex. You can wander through a fascinating array of incredibly informative attractions, including the Colonial Museum, the Archeology Museum, the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Modern Glass, the Marco Augusto Quiroa and the Artist Halls, the Silver Museum and the Pharmacy Museum.

Convent of Capuchinas

15 minutes - walking

This 18th-century convent is known throughout the world and features spectacular historic architecture that frames a serene courtyard with a cascading fountain and vibrant bougainvillea trees.

Jade Factory

15 minutes - walking

The jade is cut and polished in this factory by native Guatemalan workers who follow the carving traditions of their ancestors. This company has evolved as a leader in reintroducing Maya jade to the world through the discovery, mining and working of Guatemala's fine jadeite jade. The source of jade discovered by archaeologist Mary Lou Ridinger and her husband Jay Ridinger in 1974, is the same used by the Maya people of Mesoamerica. An interesting visit!


50+ miles

One of the most famous markets in Guatemala, Chichicastenango attracts artisans from surrounding towns to sell their handicrafts, textiles, silver goods, ceramics and wood crafts. Fruits and vegetables are also available.

Volcan de Pacaya

28 miles

No trip to Antigua is complete without exploring the volcanoes outside of the city. Hike the breathtaking landscape of the impressive Pacaya, which is Guatemala’s most active volcano, and enjoy views of three other nearby volcanoes when you reach the 8,000-foot summit, Agua, Fuego and Acatenango.

Lake Atitlan

70+ Miles

Nestled in the cradle of lush hillsides and magnificent volcanoes, Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. A destination that can not be missed!