Published: November 28th 2009
November 28th 2009
Our hotel is right by the Arch. This is the most photographed road in Antiqued
Our journey from Coban to Antigua was again pretty easy - we have stuck to tourist buses and it has been worth the extra couple of quid to get picked up from our hotel and then just tell the driver where we plan to stay. Nothing worse than arriving somewhere for the first time and not having a clue so we always have a couple of lodgings in mind so we can get in roughly the right place.
The countryside a gorgeous as ever and we needed to pass through Guatemala City to get to Antigua. So built up and busy but clearly a really lively place to live although as a traveller not somewhere you could go out at night - to prove the point one of our passengers was dropped off there - and we had to pass through a security cordon into her estate which had the nice houses in!
Arrived in Antigua and this was the original colonial capital before they switched to Guatamala city. Devasted by an earthquick in the 17th century this town was rebuilt and is very colonial - no buildings over two floors and very Rome like with it´s little cobbled
Hotel Convento Santa Catalina
Chilling on our first night in Antigua
streets. We asked to be dropped at our hotel and unfortunately it had closed so for once we just wandered around with our packs to find somewhere to stay. A Danish couple we had met had recommended a hotel / restaurant so on their directions by chance we found Hotel Convento Sata Catalina which is as you can guess built around the old convent / monestary. Absolutely chilled with a courtyard and attached restaurant which did the most amazing steak.
This place ended up being at the top of our budgets but location was on the most photographed street in Antigua. Only slight downside was the number of clocks in the area. We very much had some My Cousin Vinny moments when in the middle of the night we had clocks chiming every 15 mins - a guy snoring next door and the music from the restaurant!
Both of us feeling pretty washed out from the large amount of miles covered and trips down so the plan was to walk the city and just do the coffee tour at the local plantation then build up for the trek up Vulcan Pacaya-
There are more photos below