At the height of its power, Antigua was home to 60,000 people and ruled Spanish Central America. Its enormous wealth was poured into the construction of churches, monasteries, convents, palaces, and mansions. Then came 1773 A massive earthquake damaged or destroyed some 3,000 of the city’s structures, necessitating the move of the capital to what would become present-day Guatemala City. The poverty of the few who stayed behind meant over a century of stagnation and no funds to rebuild.
Eventually, money did begin to flow back into the local economy, thanks to the lucrative coffee trade. Antigua’s foundation of colonial architecture remained, and residents had no interest in tearing down the city’s proud heritage. An active National Council for the Protection of Antigua Guatemala imposes stringent guidelines on the restoration of buildings, maintaining the colonial character of Antigua.
Now Antigua Guatemala is one of the most touristic cities in the coutry. A must destination to discover when you travel around Central America. Antigua Guatemala today have a variety of cultural places, restaurantes, bars, hoteles. One of the best options at the heart of Antigua is Hotel Camelias Inn 8 minutes walking distance from cental park. Enjoya ll the colors and services at this spot, the perfect option if you prefer a quiet place with amazing volcano views. Camelias Inn also will receive you and your little furry friend because this is a Pet Friendly option.