Antigua's colonial majesty shines on in the shadows of three volcanoes.
Among the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Americas, Antigua is a Unesco World Heritage Site of cobbled streets, crumbling ruins and classic colonial architecture. Guatemala's capital under the Spanish from 1543 to 1776, an earthquake in 1773 forced it to be partly abandoned.
Surrounded by three impressive volcanoes, Antigua's sturdy colonial buildings have weathered 16 earthquakes and numerous floods and fires. The city is at its most vibrant during Semana Santa (Easter Week), when the streets are carpeted with elaborate decorations, colored sawdust and flower petals.