Santa Catalina Arch and Agua Volcano by Port Quetzal, Guatemala
Travel back in time as you saunter the streets of this Spanish Colonial town that lies 4,500 feet above sea level. Antigua is clad in pastel-colored buildings, balconies dripping bougainvilleas and house museums like Casa Santo Domingo and Casa de los Suenos, which depict the country's storied past.
Traditional Mayan textiles on a market in Port Quetzal, Guatemala
Find the artist within with a tour of San Antonio Aguascalientes, and let your inner creative have some fun while learning how to weave intricate patterns from the local Maya women. Then shop for their high-quality huipiles (woven blouses) at the local textile market.
Head to Auto Safari Chapin for close and safe encounters with rare animals from Guatemala and Africa, like zebras, lions and giraffes — all from the comfort of your air-conditioned drive-through coach. Then, get on your feet and explore the nature park for sightings of exotic birds and endangered species like water buffalos, dwarf goats and ostriches.
Guatemala's cuisine is made of hearty dishes like empanadas — savory pastries stuffed with potato and meat and topped with guacamole, cilantro and onion — pollo asado (spiced roasted chicken) and mashed plantains. For a taste of these local delicacies, head to Las Antorchas, Rincon Tipico or La Casa de las Sopas in the old town of Antigua.
Antigua's bustling local market, found on Calle Poniente, displays a colorful collection of local arts and crafts like masks, wood carvings, huipiles (woven blouses), maracas and kites. Another unmissable location with your cruise to Puerto Quetzal is Nim Po't, a hall with a massive array of Maya clothing.
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