The Spanish Colonial crown jewel of Central America, and one-time capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala (1543–1773), Antigua is a baroque confection of architecture and artistry laid out lovingly beneath three volcanoes. Compact, cobblestoned, and with a climate locals call the “eternal spring,” it is a traveler’s paradise. Its universal appeal is reflected with a rather touristy vibe, but don’t worry—whether you want to hike, peruse authentic Mayan markets, or visit fantastic Lago Atitlán, there are dozens of daytrips that make escape easy and amazing.
Interesting Fact: Antigua’s entire historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, along with the awe-inspiring Mayan city of Tikal.
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time – 1