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Antigua, Guatemala

Local Villages With Views

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Local Villages With Views
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-Visiting 2 rural towns in the outskirts of Antigua
-Experiencing the real culture of small town markets 
-A relaxed morning with a local guide and vendors



Upon meeting at the designated meet point (details on hub event) we will be greeted by our local Guide, and set out by van to a few local villages, San Juan Del Obispo and Santa Maria De Jesus, both chosen for their great views of Antigua (intentionally designed for local rulers). So much interesting history surrounding these places, all of which to be told by our local Bi-lingual guide. The first village stop is 15 mins from Antigua, and our guide will be travelling with us from the start so we’ve maximum time to get a thorough history of the area. We will visit the towns and their petite local markets, very different from the touristy Antigua. We’ll of course take you round the local vendors, sampling local fruits. And then Chocolate! Yes! We’ll also visit a traditional chocolate workshop, specialising in the chocolate tablets used for hot cocoa, just 10 mins on foot within the village, samples are included :)

The second village stop, a further 15 mins away, is even more rural, with even less tourists, allowing for unspoiled insight into village life. The whole tour lasts 5 hours from start to finish, and you’ll certainly have your fill of views, Churches and chocolate a different perspective of local life around Antigua.


Who this experience is good for

-People who like small village life and markets
-Folks who want to experience the real culture surrounding Antigua
-People who want to try new foods and sip some homemade cocoa
-Anyone who want to practice spanish


Meet our local host

Our expert local bilingual guide will help you talk and interact with the local vendors, and the makers of the chocolate tablets. All these local vendors are from the towns we visit and we support the local chocolate tablet workshop by visiting them which makes it a unique experience for the interaction with the surrounding community.



Meet our local guide at the meet point and head out by van to San Juan del Obispo. This laid back pretty colonial town is famous for its petite market which you will walk around and then continue off to the chocolate hot cocoa workshop. You will enjoy a great cup of this sweet blend after the explanation given by the local team. Then onwards to Santa Maria de Jesus, the last town before heading further up the volcano, a very rural setting in which you will have an eye opening experience of how the locals live very close to Antigua. We will visit the local market and then head back to Antigua being dropped off at the same meet point or Central Plaza.


Whats included 

-All transport - Round trip from Antigua
-Chocolate tablet explanation, also a cup of hot chocolate during the experience.
-Local guide throughout the experience

Whats not included

-Tips for vendors, driver and guide
-Snacks or water

Know before you go

-This is a rural area so people could be a little shy, feel free to bargain at the local markets and practice your spanish
-Bring a comfy pair of shoes as you will be walking for some parts

-Cap or hat is welcome too as the sun is intense at midday
-Rain gear or a light fleece or hoodie as sometimes it could get rainy or chilly
-Minimum to operate: 4 people
-Maximum Capacity: 30 people
-Deadline to book: 3 days prior to experience


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Based on 2 reviews
Great way to get around

If you enjoy: chocolate, coffee, wine, markets with things you've never seen or tried. Heavy on the do it energy! One of the most fascinating things for me, was the way the townspeople wash clothes. An open, public, communal hand-washed laundry area. Antigua is very traditional and things like this are such a grand reminder. The guide was happy and informative the whole way. 💜

Great local info

Samuel is a great guide. He shared a lot of great local information and we were able to interact with local, family-owned businesses that make chocolate, wines, coffee, and who sell products in the market - from produce to prepared food to dried iguanas for cooking at home. He also showed us many other great local details like the public laundry area, mobile library, flowers used for food and fragrance. It was a very rich day of learning, interacting with locals, and experiencing smaller villages with great views of Antigua and the entire valley.