Volcanoes and Churches
The first images that come to my mind when thinking of Antigua, Guatemala are volcanoes and churches. This small colonial city is not too far from the capital Guatemala City and yet it feels like you are in a completely different world. When we landed in Guatemala City, we left almost immediately. We’re not really big fans of cities and Guatemala City is a big city. Feeling like a little splurge, we actually took a taxi to Antigua. It cost about $30.
Antigua is a beautiful, clean, trendy tourist magnet. But it’s not hard to see why. With well-preserved colonial architecture painted in a variety of colors and all spectacularly encapsulated by three magnificent volcanoes Antigua has plenty to offer the eye as well as enough tourist cafes, accommodation, language schools and activities to spend your whole vacation in Antigua trying something new every day. That is unless your vacations are several months long and then maybe after a week or two you might want to venture out a bit further!
During our time in Antigua, we toured the local historical sites (Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage destination), ate some local cuisine (avocados) and hiked up the volcano Pacaya to see the lava flowing.
Posted on August 29, 2012, in Central America, Guatemala, Latin America and tagged adventure tourism, Antigua, backpacking, budget travel, Central America, Guatemala, hiking, Pacaya, tourism, travel, travel tips, UNESCO World Heritage, volcanoes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.