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Information about Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua attracts visitors from around the world who come not only to explore the city itself, Guatemala's most visited, but also to discover the surrounding countryside. The city sits in the Panchoy Valley, surrounded by volcanoes Acatenango, Fuego and Agua, and its origins date back to the 16th century, a period when this was the capital city of the old kingdom of Guatemala. The tourist office offers safety and practical advice on climbing the volcanoes, however visitors are recommended to climb with a guide from an agency that specialises in these types of activities.
Antigua offers a number of exciting opportunities to experience its rich culture in the form of theatres, art galleries, museums and the city's spectacular architecture that observers can enjoy just by walking about town. The impressive Cathedral of Santiago, built in 1542, stands just opposite Central Park. Visitors are also recommended to see El Palacio de los Capitanes, which once served as the headquarters for the Central American government that oversaw an area which extended from Costa Rica to Chiapas, Mexico. Now it houses police headquarters and the tourist office.
The best place to really get to know what everyday life is all about in Antigua is by checking out its lively market place. On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, crowds of people gather here all eager to buy or sell an ecclectic variety of goods; a perfect place to integrate yourself with local residents, absorb the unique flavour of the city and perhaps pick up a curious souvenir.
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