Visas: Citizens of the following countries are allowed 90 days’ stay with no visa: US, Canada, EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan and some Eastern European countries. Other visitors might require a visa. Guatemala is part of the Central America-4 border control agreement, so the 90 days applies to Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador as well.
Local transportation: Antigua is a small city and it is easy to walk around. Scooter rentals are also available. There are also hundreds of tuk tuks and taxis - you will need to negotiate the prices before the ride. Public buses are more for the surrounding areas rather than for use within Antigua center.
Where to buy a SIM card: There are three big providers for prepaid SIMs in Guatemala: Tigo, Claro and Movistar. Tigo has the best coverage and Claro a close second. Movistar might be the cheapest, but is said to be the most unreliable.
Popular areas: Parque Central
Popular food: Tamales, Chicken Pepian (chicken in spicy pumpkin and sesame sauce)
The most touristic spot in Guatemala, Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is popular with both short term and long term visitors. The city is surrounded by three gorgeous volcanoes (one still very active), and is considered the last true colonial city remaining in Latin America, with its cobbledstoned streets, churches and colorful houses. You will find everything from typical Guatemalan restaurants to internationally renowned chefs at international restaurants to the cheap and good street food vendors.
Antigua is popular with digital nomads, due to the cost of living (considerably higher than the rest of Guatemala), year round mild weather, the beautiful surroundings and an international atmosphere. Antigua has a never ending scene of cafes, bars and restaurants, many of them offering free wifi.
The most common type of petty crime in Antigua is opportunistic pickpocketing in markets and in Central Park. Women digital nomads should also avoid walking around at night and should take a cab instead. When looking for a neighborhood to rent, be aware that La Colonia Manchen is a neighborhood with one of the highest incidences of break-ins (due to its proximity to one of San Felipe's poorest neighborhoods). Be careful jogging around Antigua - Cerro de la Cruz makes a great jogging route, however there have been several incidences of runners getting mugged or attacked.
The best time to visit Antigua is in May (great weather), September and October (starts to get rainy) - these are the low season months. If you are planning on visiting Antigua for Semana Santa festival, then the Easter week is the best time. High season and also the best weather is mainly November through April and June to August.
Coworking Spaces in Antigua
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.
Get up close and personal with a Guatemalan volcano during this 7-hour Pacaya Volcano hike, one of the country’s most active. Travel through volcanic vegetation and surreal landscapes on your way to the top, enjoying impressive views of three nearby volcanic peaks, including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango at the summit. Your trip from Antigua to the volcano also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel and a guide. Check reviews, dates and prices, etc.
Explore the UNESCO-listed colonial capital of Antigua, one of Guatemala’s most enchanting cities, on this full-day sightseeing tour – ideal for first-time visitors. Learn how Antigua is one of the oldest cities of the Americas as you follow your guide to landmarks like the San Francisco Church, the arch of Santa Catalina, Casa Santo Domingo and Plaza Central. After a typical Guatemalan lunch (own expense), admire the priceless gems on display at the Museo del Jade (Jade Museum), then visit a local coffee plantation to learn more about Guatemala’s most famous export. Check reviews, dates and prices, etc.
Get a taste for Antigua’s unique food scene during this fun-filled 7-hour cooking and shopping excursion. Learn the fundamentals of Guatemalan cuisine, and its Spanish and Mayan roots, while shopping for raw ingredients at the Antigua Market. Then bring your haul to the kitchen, where an expert chef helps you prepare a main course, two sides and dessert. After enjoying your handiwork for lunch, visit the Chocolate Museum to learn about the production of this tasty foodstuff, followed by a chocolate-making session. A guide and all entrance fees are included. Check reviews, dates and prices, etc.