Make the most of your day with a visit to historic San Juan del Obispo, followed shopping, sightseeing and lunch in nearby Antigua. San Juan del Obispo was named for the first bishop of Guatemala, Francisco Marroquín, who presided in the mid-16th century. The Bishop’s Palace, where he lived, is an excellent example of early Spanish colonial architecture and now functions as convent. Restored in 1947, the church gives insight into what life was like then as well as what religious life is like now. Step inside to see original furnishings in the small museum inside the palace, religious artwork and an ornate gold baroque chapel. ?(entrance permitted only to guests participating in this tour).
After your tour, enjoy a cup delicious artisan chocolate that you can learn to prepare yourself. Then make your way to Antigua to sightsee, stroll the cobblestone streets and admire the 16th-century colonial architecture, do a bit of shopping and stop for a delicious, typical Guatemalan lunch in a garden restaurant that warrant exploration.
• San Juan del Obispo: See original furnishings, religious artwork and an ornate baroque chapel at the Bishop’s Palace.
• Chocolate: See how artisanal chocolate is created and enjoy a taste.
• Antigua: View prime examples of colonial architecture and sample local cuisine with lunch in an ecological restaurant surrounded by gardens.
• Puerto Quetzal Transfer: Your 90-minute drive crosses coastal plains and mountains in route to San Juan Del Obispo.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Sun protection
• Cash/credit cards
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Walking shoes
• Light jacket
• San Juan del Obispo and Antigua streets are cobblestoned; guests should expect about 275 yards of walking.
• Guests should not exceed maximum weight of 250 pounds.