Antigua Guatemala es a colonial city full of architecture and history. I is located in the Panchoy Valley, approximately 30 miles from Guatemala City.Antigua was the first planned city in the Americas. It was designed following a grid pattern, oriented from North to South and West to East beginning with the Central Park. The most oustanding distinctive of the Spanish colonial arquitechture are the fountains, windows, chimneys, steel work, churches and houses. The entire city is paved with cobblestone.Antigua is sorrounded by mountains and Volcanoes.Antigua has been recognized as National Monument (1944). "Monumental City of the Americas" by the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (1965) Cultural Heritage of Mankind site by UNESCO (1979).Visit the picturesque city of Antigua and explore its monumental ruins and museums.