My first stop was Antigua Guatemala, a colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the country’s highlands, which at first glance appears to have a golden glow. That may be in thanks to the emblematic Arco de Santa Catalina, an elevated yellow archway that was once linked to a nearby convent, ensuring nuns could cross the street unseen.
The first capital of the country, Antigua, as it’s locally known, boasts a leafy central plaza that’s fringed by coffee shops, the Cathedral of San Jose and the city hall. The upper open-air balcony has awesome views of the mountainous surroundings.
Another don’t-miss is the San Francisco Church, dedicated to the Spanish priest who eradicated slavery in Guatemala; there’s a small museum in the back. P.S. Antigua is an untapped treasure trove for antiques.
Photo Credit: Jenna Mahoney