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Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya) Tours and Activities

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Jade is a rare and precious stone dating back to the pre-Columbian era in Mesoamerica. Some of the world’s best jade was found in Guatemala. Historically, it was used in culturally significant ways, including in hieroglyph inscriptions and carvings of symbolic figures.

There are two types of jade — Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite is more dense and renowned for its rich colors. Nephrite is more of a carving stone, found in many places around the world. Jadeite contains the bright green and apple colors you find in quality jade jewelry. Those colors were prized by both Chinese emperors and Maya kings.

To learn more about jade, visitors to Antigua can visit the Jade Factory and Museum, also called Jade Maya, founded in 1974 by archaeologist Mary Lou Ridinger and her husband, Jay. Fine jadeite is mined here in the same manner of the Olmec, Maya and Aztec people. Guatemalan workers at Jade Maya cut and polish the mined jade following the same traditions of their ancestors.

The jade is transformed into pre-Columbian-style, museum-quality replicas and beautiful handmade fashion jewelry and accessories. There is an online catalog that shows some of the designs Jade Maya has created to date. The small museum has a nice chronological timeline on the history of jade and various displays depicting jade artifacts discovered on excavations. Visitors to Jade Maya will appreciate the knowledge Ridinger shares with visitors as an expert in mining jade. She and her husband discovered the jade mining zone, an area lost for more than 500 years after the start of the Spanish conquest.

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Daily 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
4a. Calle oriente No. 34, Antigua, Guatemala
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Private Antigua Walking Tour

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Private Antigua Walking Tour

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Step onto the cobblestone-clad streets of colonial Antigua for this flexible-length walking tour. Stroll the streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you visit top landmarks like the ‘Ayuntamiento’ (City Hall Palace), Palace of the Captain’s General, the main cathedral, and Santo Domingo, a well-known hotel and cultural center. A final stop at a local jade factory provides additional insight into Guatemala’s Mayan culture.
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  • 3 hours
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Carve your own jade jewel in Antigua

Carve your own jade jewel in Antigua

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You will put your creativity to work, from selecting your piece, carving it yourself, giving it shine and customizing it with a special engraving. Always guided by our expert carvers and at the end you can take home a unique creation, made with your own hands. You will take a piece of culture and our land Guatemala with you. An experience that you can not miss! We will wait for you.
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  • 2 hours
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$49.00
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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

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Take a tour from Guatemala City that showcases the mix of Spanish and Mayan traditions that have influenced this incredible nation. Journey into the Iximche ruins—one of Guatemala’s most famous archeological sites—and then make your way to the iconic Spanish colonial town of Antigua. Follow your expert guide to all of the local sites, including churches, plazas and shops—before making your way back to Guatemala City after this exciting day trip.
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  • 9 hours
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$80.99
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Antigua Guatemala & Guatemala City Tour

Antigua Guatemala & Guatemala City Tour

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Explore the old and new capitals of Guatemala on this full-day sightseeing adventure that combines both vehicle and walking tours of Guatemala City and Antigua. You’ll see major highlights like the Civic Center, Metropolitan Cathedral and the Central Market in Guatemala City, before heading to the World-Heritage listed city of Antigua. Wander the historic streets of this picturesque colonial town and stop at La Merced Church, Central Park and other highlights before enjoying a traditional lunch.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

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Unlock the beauty and history of one of the oldest cities in the Americas during this Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City. Your full-day excursion includes stops at some of the colonial town’s top attractions, including the Museo del Jade, La Merced Church, and even a picturesque coffee plantation that’s still in operation. Take in epic views of the cityscape from Cerro de la Cruz and learn about the former capital’s colorful past while you listen to your friendly local guide as they lead you through the cobbled streets.
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  • 8 hours
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$69.35
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Experience Antigua Walking Tour

Experience Antigua Walking Tour

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Visit several Antigua highlights in one convenient walking tour, ideal for first-time visitors or those with limited time in the region. There’s no need to worry about getting lost or overlooking lesser-known spots, as your guide will escort you from point to point, providing context for each attraction along the way.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$25.65
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Antigua City Sightseeing Tour

Antigua City Sightseeing Tour

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Explore the UNESCO-listed colonial capital of Antigua, one of Guatemala’s most enchanting cities, on this full-day sightseeing tour – ideal for first-time visitors. Learn how Antigua is one of the oldest cities of the Americas as you follow your guide to landmarks like the San Francisco Church, the arch of Santa Catalina, Casa Santo Domingo and Plaza Central. After a typical Guatemalan lunch (own expense), admire the priceless gems on display at the Museo del Jade (Jade Museum), then visit a local coffee plantation to learn more about Guatemala’s most famous export.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

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Explore the fascinating Spanish and Mayan history of Guatemala on this family-friendly 8-hour tour to Iximché and colonial Antigua. Wander the atmospheric archaeological site of Iximché to discover the history of the Mayans. Then head to Antigua, former colonial capital, where you’ll visit the San Francisco Church, Calle del Arco, La Merced Church and the central plaza. Your excursion also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, a guide and all entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.99
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LA ANTIGUA SIGHTSEEING TOUR from Puerto Quetzal

LA ANTIGUA SIGHTSEEING TOUR from Puerto Quetzal

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Don’t let limited mobility hold you back from exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Antigua when in Guatemala. This Puerto Quetzal shore excursion is specially designed for those who are only able to walk short distances and want to see top Antigua sights without the difficulty of walking down too many cobbled, narrow roads. Visit the popular Jade Factory and Museum, Plaza Mayor, Central Park, and more with the ease of included transportation and the benefit of a guide.
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  • 1 day
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$109.00
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La Antigua Cultural walking tour from Puerto Quetzal

La Antigua Cultural walking tour from Puerto Quetzal

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Maximize your limited time on dry land with a private sightseeing tour of Antigua.  Meet your guide at Port Quetzal and then hop on your private air-conditioned transportation to the city.  Along the way, take in the natural beauty of Guatemala. The day continues with a tour around the UNESCO listed city center of Antigua. Finally, unwind as your van returns you to your cruise ship
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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Antigua Walking Tour

Antigua Walking Tour

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Get a glimpse of Guatemala’s colonial past with this walking tour of Antigua. This former capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beloved for its cobblestone streets and majestic church ruins. Meet your guide in the Central Plaza and visit sites like a jade factory, City Hall Palace, and Santo Domingo, an elegant hotel and cultural center. As you walk, your guide will share information on Antigua’s history and architecture.
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  • 3 hours
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UNESCO JEWELS: Antigua Half Day Tour from Guatemala City

UNESCO JEWELS: Antigua Half Day Tour from Guatemala City

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Experience the Spanish-colonial charm of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during this 5-hour morning tour from Guatemala City. This atmospheric city was the country’s capital for more than 200 years, creating a wealth of historic architecture and gorgeous scenery for you to discover during your walking tour. Tread on Antigua’s cobblestone streets as you explore sites like the Cathedral of Santiago, Central Park and Palace of the Captain Generals. Your Antigua visit also includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.00
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Private Walking tour of Antigua Guatemala

Private Walking tour of Antigua Guatemala

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Get a more intimate glimpse into the colonial richness of Antigua’s culture on a private walking tour that offers a great introduction for first-time visitors. You’ll visit a diverse mix of cobblestone streets, colonial churches, vibrant markets and volcanic backdrops on this tour, which you can customize to cover the things that interest you the most. Plus, the short duration of this tour makes it ideal if you’re short on time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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Antigua on your own from Puerto Quetzal

Antigua on your own from Puerto Quetzal

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Experience the history and natural surroundings of Antigua on a private tour from Puerto Quetzal.  Upon arrival, your chauffeur is waiting to whisk you away in private transportation. The drive is part of the adventure, as you take in the mountainous landscapes. Explore the UNESCO listed city center independently or hire a private guide to dig deeper into the city’s history. Return to the cruise terminal with time to spare.
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  • 6 hours
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LA ANTIGUA CITY TOUR from Guatemala City

LA ANTIGUA CITY TOUR from Guatemala City

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Escape the streets of Guatemala City with a visit to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just an hour outside the city, Antigua feels like another world with its tranquil cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. Explore on foot, walking from the central park to sites like cathedral ruins and a local jade factory. After your tour, you’ll have time to lunch and souvenir shop before your return to Guatemala City.
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  • 8 to 10 minutes
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$98.00
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Antigua Guatemala Walking Group Tour

Antigua Guatemala Walking Group Tour

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As one of the oldest cities in Guatemala, Antigua is brimming with history, legends, and plenty of sightseeing. This guided tour of Antigua gives you a taste of all the city has to offer—wander through the cobbled colonial streets with your guide to get the local perspective on key sights and attractions like La Merced, plus get recommendations on great restaurants and fun activities to check out while you're in town.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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Private: Antigua, Colonial City Full Day

Private: Antigua, Colonial City Full Day

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Visit the city which was once the capital of Central America, while enjoying its mix of cultures: native traditions, colonial style, modern life. During the tour, walk over cobblestone streets visiting colonial buildings and ruins. If there is time, visit the market for souvenir shopping.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$153.00
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Antigua Guatemala Tour from Puerto Quetzal

Antigua Guatemala Tour from Puerto Quetzal

Private off-shore excursion specially designed for cruisers arriving at the port "Puerto Quetzal" to visit the city which once was the capital of Central America: Antigua Guatemala. Certified bilingual guide and minivan/bus with authorization to pick up travelers at the port.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.00
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Wheelchair Accessible: Antigua from Guatemala City

Wheelchair Accessible: Antigua from Guatemala City

This tour is specially designed for groups traveling with 1 passenger in a wheelchair. Antigua´s cobblestone streets and stairs make it complicated to move freely and easily in a wheelchair, so the tour includes a helper/assistance to lift up the chair whenever needed. The tour is private and flexible based on your interests and timing.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.00
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Private: Antigua Walking Tour

Private: Antigua Walking Tour

Walking tour in Antigua Guatemala. Explore the history of the city which was once the capital of Central America while enjoying its mix of cultures: native traditions, colonial style, and modern life. During the tour, walk over cobblestone streets visiting colonial buildings and ruins. If there is time, visit the market for souvenir shopping.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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Private: Artisans of Antigua Full Day

Private: Artisans of Antigua Full Day

Learn about ancestral traditions as you discover the hidden meanings of Mayan clothing. during the tour, see women weaving and explore colorful antique villages. Additionally, learn about loquat, jade - the sacred stone -, chocolate, and rum.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.00
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Cultural Antigua Guatemala

Cultural Antigua Guatemala

When visiting Antigua, a walking tour is the way to go. Admire views of colonial structures and colorful churches as you wander down the city's cobbled streets with your guide. As you walk, your guide shares a local perspective on top sights like La Merced and Plaza Mayor.
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  • 3 hours
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$55.00
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Half Day Antigua Guatemala Tour

Half Day Antigua Guatemala Tour

Visit Antigua highlights in just a few hours on this half-day tour from Guatemala City. It's the perfect amount of time to hit key sights like La Merced and the San Francisco Convent without spending all day. As you tour, your guide provides plenty of information about the sights, giving you a fuller picture of all that Antigua has to offer.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.00
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From Bean to Bar Chocolate Class + Antigua Guatemala Private Tour

From Bean to Bar Chocolate Class + Antigua Guatemala Private Tour

This tour revolves around chocolate. Learn about the history and importance of chocolate for the ancient Mayans, the importance it has in today's world, and its entire harvesting process. After that, you will learn how to make your own chocolate bar from the bean. In the morning we will take you to know all the iconic places of Antigua Guatemala. Marvel at its cobbled streets, its churches, convents, and beautiful landscapes. This was the third city in Guatemala after the previous city was buried by a landslide caused by Volcàn de Agua. The 400+ years of history of this colonial city will enchant you!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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What are Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya) hours of operation?
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Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya) hours of operation: Daily 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya) costs USD 17.00. Guided Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya) tours start around USD 17.00 per person.
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