Antigua Journals

Antigua, Guatemala

A June 2003 trip to Antigua by skeptrix

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Quote: This journal gives an account of a two week trip to Antigua, Guatemala, and features a review of the Radisson Villa Antigua Resort.

Antigua, Guatemala

Overview

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Antigua is a good location from which to make day trips to Lake Atitlan (considered by some to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the world), Chichicastenango (famous for its market), and Guatemala City. From Antigua you can also arrange a trip to El Peten to see the Mayan city of Tikal. Because earthquakes have devastated the ctiy of Antigua, there are many fascinating ruins, which can be toured for a small charge. Quick Tips: Spend some time sitting on a shady bench in the Parque Central. The mermaid fountain is amusing, and it's easy to pass a relaxing couple hours people watching. If you are not interested in purchasing anything from the many vendors who will approach you...Read More

Radisson Villa Antigua

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Hotel

Radisson Villa Antigua Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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Best Things Nearby:Antigua is a very pleasant place but not typical of Guatemala. Guatemala is the poorest country in Central America and one of the poorest in all of Latin America. Antigua is more prosperous and has more of a colonial feel than other Guatemalan cities. The weather in Antigua is mild. It is a good place from which to take day trips to Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango, as well as other places. If you go to Guatemala, I would also recommend spending some time in the Highlands. The trip by bus from Antigua to Quetzeltenango (called Xela) passes some stunning scenery. Spending some time outside of Antigua will give you a more accurate view of the country. Best Things A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

Radisson Villa Antigua
9A Calle Poniente
Antigua, Guatemala
(502) 331-7409

Casino Riviera

Restaurant | "Cafe Riviera"

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Cafe Riviera serves up plentiful helpings of freshly grilled vegetables, pastas, and meat dishes. As a vegetarian, I was pleased with the number of non-meat dishes available, such as a vegetable platter with mini quiche and vegetables grilled to perfection, including eggplant, spring onion, tomato, and a small ear of corn. The penne pasta with vegetables is delicious and filling. Spaghetti with pesto and veal Milanese are also offered.

Typical of Guatemalan restaurants, although less so in tourist-conscious Antigua, the service can be painfully slow. But the staff is friendly, and the Italian owner/chef speaks English.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2003

Casino Riviera
Runaway Bay
Antigua
+268 562 6262

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Frida's is a popular place filled with reproductions of Frida Kahlo's work. The cuisine is a Guatemalan version of an American version of Mexican food. In other words, the dishes at Frida's bear no resemblance to what you would get in a restaurant in Mexico. However, if you like nachos and pina coladas and typical U.S. tex-mex fare, this is the place to come. The guacamole and salsa are fresh and satisfying. The chips are a bit heftier than what you would find in the U.S. but certainly acceptable. And the usual tacos, burritos, and enchiladas are available. On my first visit I made the mistake of ordering the vegetarian tacos expecting the usual tacos made of refried beans. Instead I was served...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 31, 2003

Restaurante Bar Frida's
No. 29 5a Avenida Norte
Antigua, Guatemala

Cafe Masala

Restaurant

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Cafe Masala is the favorite restaurant of my eleven-year-old, vegetarian, picky-eater son. Having subsisted for four weeks on nothing but plain pasta, my son was in tofu heaven when we finally discovered Cafe Masala. We ate there nearly every day for two weeks, and my son always ordered teriyaki tofu (Q35). Served with rice, vegetables, miso soup, and salad, the teriyaki tofu plate made for a nutricious and balanced vegetarian meal.

The Japanese-owned Cafe Masala, in admirable pan-asian fashion, also serves sushi and tempura as well as several Chinese and Thai dishes. The vegetable tempura, fresh and light, is highly recommended.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2003

Cafe Masala
No. 14 6a Avenida Norte
Antigua, Guatemala