Blogs from Antigua, Capital Region, Guatemala, Central America Caribbean

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We were so excited to know that we had 3 nights in the same hotel, and if it wasn’t for the Semana Santa holiday we could have stayed here 4 nights. So nice to actually unpack; knowing you are staying put for a few days, crazy broken shower and all:-) Larry had gotten up early, wandered all the way to the square (about 10-15 minute walk) and brought back REAL good coffee. I was all ‘so where did you go; Guatemala City?” (I thought he was going to the restaurant) and when I looked up and saw the real coffee I squealed. Apparently I was too busy inhaling the coffee to say thank you - so I figured a PUBLIC thank you would help to make up for it!! We had the official city tour with ... read more
Fountain in central Park
Becky and her new friend. Big smiles!
Main Cathedral


Today was our last (YAY!) travel day. We were all happy about that as it was getting a bit tiring being in the van all the time. We had a half hour boat ride back to Panachal, then about a 3 hour van ride to Antigua and we would be FREE from travel. FREE AT LAST! Kidding. sort of. This last van was very small with little leg room (and that’s saying a lot coming from me) with dark windows. I must admit I was feeling quite claustrophobic in it and restless. Then Justin put on a video (it actually had a small TV screen) of Mel Gibson’s movie the Apocalypto from 2006. Justine figured after all the Mayan sites we had visited (3; 2 in Honduras and one in Guatemala) we would appreciate seeing an ... read more
Beautiful, calm morning for a canoe
Local fisherman on Lake Atitlan
Waterfall along the highway back to Antigua


This is how we went from Santa Ana El Salvador to Antigua Guatemala on chicken buses for about $6.50. 1. Catch the 210 bus to Ahuachapan from the bus station in the market. We got on it at 6:45am as it was making its way through the market. It took until 7:00am to get out of the town. It cost 50 cents and arrived in Ahuachapan at 8am. 2. Catch a minibus to Las Chinamas border. The bus from Santa Ana drops you on the side of a road on the edge of town. Walk towards the main road in front of you. On the right are signs to the centre of town. Follow the signs and go right down a hill towards a 'Bomba' sign. There was a minibus 11a parked on the side of ... read more


Our Arrival The bus from Guatemala City dropped us at the bus station near the market. The town is a few minutes walk past the market stalls. Where We Stayed Hotel Posada Refugio II - Down a small street opposite the Terrace hostel on 3a Calle Poniente between Calzada Santa Lucia and 7a Avenue Norte. Q100 for a double room with private bathroom and hot showers. Kitchen available on the roof terrace. No internet but we picked up free wifi the whole time we were there. Try and get a room upstairs. Posado Vero - Down the other small street on Calle Poniente. Q80 for a room with shared bathroom. Really strong internet and a bit of a roof terrace with laundry sink. What We Did Walked around town looking at the many churches and ruins. ... read more


YYYAAAYYYY!!! It's time for Ned to go on Vacation with a capital "V"! hastagvacation! Super excited, I feel like I haven't done a get down and dirty, hang with the locals on their mud floors, eat street meat, fresh fruit, end up with 'ahem' bathroom issues due to previously mentioned events; feel better and do it all over again! My last visit to the Central/South America continent (which is without question my fav) was in Dec 2010 when I did Chile, Argentina, and Easter Island. That was the trip that started this blog, truth be told, and I am beyond delighted to be here again, about to set foot on Spanish soil. My language skills may not be any better, but I will have a heap of fun trying!! Of course preparations for this trip were ... read more

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Wczoraj dotarlem do Antigua. Przejazd chicken busami zajal mi jakies 2,5 godziny. Po raz pierwszy jechalem chcicken busami, ktore maja plazme w srodku :-) na ktorej leca umilajce podroz teledyski. Sama Antigua jest miastem niezwykle przyjemnym i pieknym. Pelno jest w nim brukowanych uliczek zamknietych dla ruchu kolowego, skwerow, ladny zocalo oraz itp. Dwa wulkany Agua i Fuego gorujace nad miastem dodaja niesamowitego uroku. Kiedys byla to stolica calej centroamerykanskiej kolonii hiszpanskiej. Az do roku 1773 kiedy to silne trzesienie ziemi - a w zasadzie cala seria trzesien ziemi - zniszczyla to miasto. Wtedy tez zapadla decyzja o opuszczeniu miasta i przeniesieniu stolicy do Guatemala City. Nie wszyscy sie jednak temu podporzadkowali i ci co zostali probowali odbudowywac miasto. Do dzisiaj miasto jest w bardzo duzym stopniu odbudowane, a jedynymi wiekszymi pozostalosciami po trzes... read more
Kosciol Merced
Ruiny kosciola
Centrum Antigua


We have just spent nearly two weeks in Antigua, where amongst other things we have been learning Spanish at the Spanish Academy Sevilla (SAS) School. Teaching Spanish in Antigua is big business, there are so many schools it is hard to know which one to pick. Of the eighty or so schools we narrowed our list down to 4 that were recommended in our rough guide; most of them offered pretty much the same things, one-to-one lessons, a personal syllabus, daily activities and accommodation. After an afternoon wandering the cobbled streets of Antigua visiting the schools we decided on SAS. It had good reviews and just felt right, classes were held in a purpose built courtyard and the staff all seemed very friendly. It turned out to be the right decision, our lessons were effective and ... read more
SAS school Antigua
The fire volcano having a little puff
Toasting marshmallows


This morning we got ready and headed over to the main hotel to eat breakfast before we split up into two groups for our tour of Antigua. The tour was really interesting, we learned some pretty interesting facts about Antigua and got to see tons of cool sites including the main cathedral, an ex-nunnery –which is said to be haunted, and even went to a chocolate factory. At the chocolate factory we learned the facts about how they make chocolate and even got to taste test some! All of us bought some chocolate products as souvenirs before heading out again; it was a really hard choice to decide what to buy because they had all sorts of products ‘choclified’. We broke for lunch and Brandy, Megan, and I headed to Mono Loco to grab a quick ... read more


Today I let myself sleep in for a little bit longer and woke up at 5:30am to pack up all of my things; I got myself ready –skipping the possibly frigid but probably scalding hot shower and hung out in the living room/dining room asking Mama if she needed any help, and as usual she said no. I was getting my camera ready to take pictures of the house and some of outside when Mama gave me the sweetest gift ever; a traditional baby carrier and a gorgeous scarf. I felt so loved and was sad already that I had to say goodbye that I started to full on cry; I tried to hold it together but it just didn’t work. Once I pulled myself together Mama made breakfast and I took pictures. Alejandro and Isabel ... read more


Into second week in Antigua and have moved out of the tiny hotel room into a more spacious apartimento consisting of large room, bed one end, chairs, table tv! Wee kitchen and bathroom. This is major improvement. Am in small community and Olga in big house provides all meals, good news especially as I get to sit, eat and socialise with the others. And in socialising, last week shuttled (shuffled) and hiked up mountain to eco lodge complete with restaurant, bar, hammocks, sweat lodge, tree house everything for the discerning traveller in Guatemala. Steep path down from the top to the lodge and then back up but well worth it. I was actually looking across the summits of smokey vulcanos instead of observing them up through the clouds. Ride down on pickup, bumpety bump but fun ... read more
Antigua and eco lodge 001
Antigua High Street
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