Got 4 days to explore Antigua Guatemala? Not sure how to make the most of your time? Never fear I have you covered. I have the perfect 4-day itinerary for both thrill seekers and a more general traveler looking to spend 4 days in Antigua.
You have two options:
- The thrill seeker adventure itinerary
- The historic and more chilled out city tour itinerary
It’s pretty simple really, one-word Trident!
If you have an excellent level of fitness and want to push yourself with a serious physical challenge. Three volcanos in 3 days, it doesn’t get much more extreme than that. OX Expeditions will take you to Acatenango, Fuego, and Pacaya. For more information visit their website or check out their youtube channel. I have hiked all three volcanos but not in 3 days! You can read about my personal experience hiking Acatenango and Fuego here and Pacaya here.
If this sounds like a little bit too extreme for you then take it a step back and do either an overnight to Acatenango (with the option of going to Fuego) or an overnight to Pacaya. The difficulty level is Pacaya being the easiest, Acatenango being tough and Fuego being seriously tough. But I managed it so if you have a good fitness level and mental attitude then I’m sure you can do it.
When you return from any of these tours you are going to be dirty and exhausted! So get clean, get some food and then rest up!
For the remaining time in Antigua take a read of either my 1-day or my 2-day itinerary or if you are there over the weekend take a read of my weekend itinerary as there are a few special things to do over the weekend.
For Everyone Else
Camping on a volcano isn’t for everyone so if you want something a bit more chilled out to do over you 4 days then follow my 2-day itinerary here.
On your other two days in Antigua I would recommend fitting in the following activities:
Earth lodge is up above Antigua so you will either need to take a taxi or contact them and arrange for a shuttle to pick you up and drop you off. Make sure you wear good shoes as it’s a bit of a hike to get up and down from the main road.
If you have the time I would really recommend staying there for at least one night. Their accommodation is really cool and they have yoga classes, incredible food and some of the best views of Antigua.
Antigua has an incredible yoga community it’s one of the main reasons I stayed as long as I did here. My favorite studio is Shakti Shala you can also find them on Facebook. The Shakti Tribe is headed up by Irene and Lauren and I really can’t say enough good stuff about them. So if you are traveling and looking for a place to practice and connect with the local community it’s a great place to do it. They also have an amazing juice and light bites bar! Make sure you follow them on Instagram and Facebook too.
There are lots of cookery schools in Antigua and I would recommend taking a cookery class if you get the chance. All of the schools will be able to cater for vegetarians and you will get to learn some authentic Guatemalan cooking. I did a great tour with Heart of Travel which I highly recommend. The cooking school I went to was Cuscun and having done several cooking classes in Antigua it is by far the best!
If you are here for 4-5 days then why not book a few classes at one of the many Spanish schools in town to brush up on your Spanish! I have written a few posts on learning Spanish in Guatemala but the school I recommend is La Union, they are a great school with amazing teachers and a packed program of fun activities.
Accommodation in Antigua
There are 3 places I recommend Selina or Yellow House Hostel if you are looking for a hostel. Alternatively, if you want an Airbnb I can’t recommend this house enough. The owner Chelsea is a very good friend and I stayed in the larger one last time I was in Antigua. For hotels, I recommend Hotel Mesón de María, Barbara’s Boutique Hostel, or Hotel Paseo de la Merced.
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Looking for more things to do in Antigua? I have a whole load of ideas for you here.
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.