This Antigua Guatemala 5k run will take you through the most emblematic architectural sites of this historic city. Antigua is a city that keeps many aspects of the colonial era in Guatemala, in its streets, you can see many tourists from many countries walking or running. There are also many vendors from the informal economy who offer typical souvenirs, ice cream, or sweets from the local culture. The city tour will begin in the central square, which is surrounded by many historic buildings such as the Palacio de Los Capitanes, the church of San José Catedral, and the Palacio del Ayuntamiento. The run continues over the ruins of El Carmen, which has a huge craft market in what used to be his convent, in case you want to buy some souvenirs of the place.
Later, we will pass by the Convento de Capuchinas, which used to be a convent is now a famous place because of the many weddings. Also, large events are held here throughout the year. The historic visit continues on its way to the famous arch of Santa Catalina. It is located in the Street of the Arc, that on weekends is pedestrian, at this point converges a lot of people like local or foreign visitors, street vendors of typical things, musicians, painters. And on top of that, there are many restaurants, clothing stores, coffee shops, and shoe shops. Our next stop is the church of La Merced also known as “the wedding cake” and the ruins of the Compañía de Jesus. We continue to the tank of La Unión. Even though these sinks are no longer used as much as before, they still have clean water for anyone who wants to use it (not drink it).
The tour continues towards the church of El Calvario passing in front of the Church of San Francisco and of the School of Christ, in the section known as Alameda de El Calvario. Although these are only some of the most picturesque spots in Antigua, there are also markets, museums, other ruins, hotels, and restaurants that preserve the city’s colonial style.
This historic Guatemala city trip has a low-medium degree of effort since it is essentially flat.