There is a place. Up in the hills. Overlooking Antigua Guatemala. Go there. And be surprised by art, haute cuisine and action sports. These things don’t go together? Wait until you experience Santo Domingo del Cerro.
There is some great art down in the valley. In the Spanish cultural centre of Antigua for example. But Santo Domingo… is a world of its own.
Basically it is an extension of an upmarket hotel in the city itself. They somehow came to have a restaurant overlooking Antigua, which somehow also got several museums. That is what Santo Domingo is.
Free for all
There is actually quite a lot to discover. The main room on the left side has temporary exhibitions, at the time of visit a photography exhibition about discovering the El Peten / El Mirador ruins in the Guatemalan jungle.
Speaking of photography, in the modern pavillion near the restaurant are photo exhibitions as well. The pavillion was designed by a Guatemalan architect Efrain Recinos who made some visionary stuff (see some models in the pictures below). Most of it was unfortunately unrealized.
Good to know
- the hotel is located on 3a Calle Oriente, on the eastern edge of the centre
- Minivan shuttles leave from here, free for all, usually every fifteen minutes
- On the site is not only a restaurant, but also a wedding chapel, a playground, and ziplining
- Official site
- background info