The Colonial City of Antigua

And How to Enjoy It on a Budget?

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Hola amigos!

Como estan?

Antigua is one of the most popular destinations in Guatemala, and worth a visit for anyone who’s travelling through Central America. So, obviously because of the booming tourism, the prices are also… blooming?…#whatever 

I mean, here the prices are higher than almost anywhere else in this area. But you can also enjoy it on a budget 😀 so keep readin’ mi amigo! 

First, I will tell you a little bit about the city, then what to see | do (with a map) and how to explore it.

About Antigua

Antigua Guatemala means “Old Guatemala” and it served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala.
It is located in the central highlands of the country, close to several volcanos and to the capital, Guatemala City.
It is famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture, a number of ruins of colonial churches, and for the unique Mayan history and markets as well. It has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What to see | do ?

  • Explore the city centre and downtown 
  • Visit the chocolate museum and factory (try the free samples) 
  • Go to Cerro de la Cruz for the best view 
  • Visit the main local market 
  • Explore the cute cafes (and the most beautiful McDonalds
  • Just wander around…

The Map

My recommendations

Go on a free walking tour. 

I think it is definitely worth to go on a walking tour in Antigua, even if you don’t usually do so. Why? Well, I think, the history of colonial times and unique architecture affected by the European culture, the Mayan traditions, religions and the volcanic actions, all deserve a little more attention. Also, it’s good to support the locals and to get some tips on where and what to eat.

Use Couchsurfing! 

It’s not about saving money! It’s about meeting people from Antigua and discovering it as they present it to you. Not as a tourist. That’s just lame. #sorrynotsorry 

Think about Hiking Volcano Acatenango.

As one of the most popular activity from this city, it’s a pretty cool thing to do! You can do it on your own, but going with a tour company will make your life waaay easier! If you would like to read more about hiking Acatenango and my opinion/experience ↓↓↓

R E A D  M O R E

Aaaand finally,

I would like to dedicate this post to our friends from Antigua: Julio, Karol and Marcello!! We stayed at their lovely home for almost a week and We could not be more grateful! Using Couchsurfing is not just about having fun! We became part of their family and this meant more than anything else, especially when you are travelling for quite a long time and you start to miss your own family… 

Thank you for the games we played together, the amazing and super delicious meals, your jokes Julio and all the wonderful conversations we had Karol! 

See you soon!

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