It’s been over a month since we got back from Guatemala and we still have so many posts to catch up on.
We’ll restart our visit to Guatemala with Antigua. Antigua was the colonial capital of Guatemala until a decapitating earthquake hit the city in 1773. You can still see many churches in other buildings in ruin.
Antigua doesn’t feel like the rest of Guatemala. The city looked and felt like somewhere in Spain. The people even looked more Spanish. We saw fewer people in traditional clothing and noticed a lot more western shops. Despite everything, we really LOVED Antigua. We had no real agenda there, apart from a coffee tour, and it was lovely to just wander around.
Our pictures from Antigua are completely random, just like the time we spent there.
The city is filled with so many beautiful churches. It’s easy to lose a lot of time staring at them.
This is a daytime shot of the cathedral in the main square.
This is the same cathedral at night. It lights up beautifully.
We had our best authentic Guatemalan meal in Antigua. You’ll see later that most meals we had consisted mostly of bananas and plantains. Good thing I LOVE plantains.
We were hungry and the pupusa (pancake looking item) was SO good.
The city is surrounded by 3 active volcanoes. I believe this one is Pacaya. We had plans to hike it but my knee was giving me trouble so we went with the Coffee Plantation tour. I’d say that was probably a good change to make.
We utilized many local forms of transport in Guatemala but managed to miss out on the tricked out cross-country school buses. I’m kind of regretting that. We really enjoyed checking out the different paint jobs the buses had. This is one of my favorites.
Antigua is filled with lovely architectural and design detail. It was hard not taking pictures of everything. Here are some of our street finds.
The tiled stop signs are so classy.
I love all the doors in Antigua. Such detail…
Wait until you see the pictures of our hotel. The hotel is set in the ruins of an old church. The stay there was best way to end the trip.