After a mental full day of travel through 4 different countries in one very crowded van, we arrived in Antigua. We got into town around 7:30pm after leaving Leon in Nicaragua at 2 am the same morning. Needless to say we were pretty shattered, so we had a shower, a quick dinner in the restaurant at our hostel "Bigfoot" and jumped into a comfy bed for some well needed sleep.
Due to our recently made change of plans, we weren't going to have much time here in Guatemala, so we spent the whole next day exploring markets, eating at plenty of funky little cafes around town and taking in the sites.
We've seen plenty of cute colonial towns throughout latin america, but we both have to say that Antigua was one of our favorites. The city itself is beautiful, the surroundings are beautiful, and for the most part the locals are really friendly. Similar to Cuenca in Ecuador, this city is cool in the fact that it feels actually livable. There are plenty of locally owned businesses and local kids roaming around in school uniform, unlike some other pretty colonial towns that feel quite false and a little "Disney-fied. "
Our only regret is we only got to spend 3 days here all up on our whirlwind tour of Guatemala.
Next stop, Semuc Champey!
G'day I'm Bec
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