Puerto Quetzal Cruises

The Best of Antigua 
Auto Chapin Drive through Natural Park and Zoo 
El Baúl and La Democracia

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Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala’s largest Pacific Ocean port, and a gateway to some of Central America’s finest sights. This MSC World Cruise destination is surrounded by active volcanoes, forests and lakes, charming villages, and breathtaking coastlines.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• The Best of Antigua 
• Auto Chapin Drive through Natural Park and Zoo 
• El Baúl and La Democracia
Antigua is a remarkable 16th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting colonial monuments and landmarks. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll walk the cobbled streets of the town centre, visiting the Plaza Mayor, the Antigua Guatemala Cathedral, and the Captain General Palace. Next, stop by the Casa Santo Domingo hotel and museum, where you’ll enjoy a spot of delicious lunch. Then, explore the famous Jade Maya Museum and Factory to learn about stunning gemstone artworks.
Take an MSC Cruises excursion to the extraordinary Auto Safari Chapin on Guatemala’s glittering Pacific Coast. Home to 96 species of animals including hippopotamus, giraffes, lions, and zebras, this family-friendly location makes for a fantastic day out!
Travel to the fascinating town of La Democracia on an MSC Cruises excursion. Here, you’ll marvel at a collection of unusual stone heads, known affectionately as “the fat gods”. Next, visit the renowned Mayan archaeological site El Baul which features stones and carvings from pre-Mayan civilizations. Finally, stop by the Las Ilusiones museum where you’ll discover a phenomenal display of artefacts. 

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    A country of mesmerizing beauty
    A country of mesmerizing beauty

    Known as "El País de la Eterna Primavera", the Land of Eternal Spring, Guatemala is a land of a thousand colours: the market in the square, the façades of the buildings, the clothes of the inhabitants, the lush leafy vegetation. Not to mention of course its millennial history: the Mayan civilisation settled here and reached its peak in the tenth century AC; the pre-Columbian ruins of Tikal, in the department of Petén, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    In more recent times it was a Spanish colony. Torn apart by coups and the civil war, the country now maintains a certain stability as a presidential republic. Guatemala City is the capital and is often considered a dangerous place, but with the right amount of caution, to be used when you go to any Central or South America country, it is highly enjoyable. But watch out for the tomates asesinos, literally the "Killer Tomatoes", urban buses crammed with people that whizz through the busy streets.

    Don’t miss the beautiful and orderly colonial city of Antigua, Lake Atitlán and the Pacaya volcano, which is still active.