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Great Guatemala Loop Part 6 – Antigua

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A February 2004 trip to Antigua by lcampbell

Town center Photo, Antigua, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: In Part 6 of 7 of our month-long journey around Guatemala, we find the bright colors and interesting architecture of old Guatemala to more than make up for the overwhelming tourist population. Visiting museums and churches contrast sharply with our grueling climb of Volcano Pacaya.

Great Guatemala Loop Part 6 – Antigua

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Overview

Town center Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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After its foundation in 1543, Antigua became the colonial capital for Spanish rule of present-day Chiapas, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. We might be thankful now that the capital changed to Guatemala City after a devastating earthquake in 1776. Guatemala City is huge, with over 2 million people living in a mass of cement and pollution. Antigua, on the other hand, with just over 30,000 residents, is known to be one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Central America. It has remained small enough to retain its colonial charm, displayed primarily in its architecture. It is hard not to be romanced also by the cobblestone streets, lined with brightly painted buildings highlighted with wro...Read More

Casa de Don Ismael

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Hotel

Casa de Don Ismael Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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Our Room: Our room was very large and extremely clean. Unlike the rooms we had been staying in for the previous three weeks, this one had beautiful matching furniture, including an armoire and mirror made of dark wood. I did not have a proper appreciation for bedside lamps before this trip, and was delighted to find one here. Cool nights make fans unnecessary. Ours was one of the two rooms on second floor, by the roof patio. I highly recommend trying to get one of these rooms. Private or Shared Bath? All rooms at Don Ismael have shared bath, but the ratio is good at two rooms per bathroom. I found the bath to be super clean with nice hot water in the shower an...Read More

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Casa de Don Ismael

Antigua, Guatemala

Casa Kojom

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Attraction

Casa Kojom Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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It was a somewhat confusing walk to get to Casa Kojom. It seemed long as well, but perhaps that was because we were feeling lost. Anyway, friendly folks pointed the way for us, and we eventually made it to this combination farm and museum. Make sure to get a map and directions from the INGUAT (Tourism) office by central park before you go. We had come to see the music museum. What an interesting place! The guided tour was excellent – our guide spoke Spanish, but she did so very slowly and clearly, so that even my Spanish-challenged husband could understand the entire presentation. I think that tours in English are available depending on which guide is working that day. The...Read More

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Casa Kojom
Antigua
Antigua, Guatemala

Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo (Clothing Museum)

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Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo (Clothing Museum) Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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Not too far from the artisan market is the Casa de Tijido Antiguo. This was a museum displaying the traditional and typical clothing of the Mayan people from many parts of Guatemala. Traditional clothing for women includes a handwoven huipil (blouse), a corte (skirt) made of a piece of cloth 7-10 yards long and wrapped around the body, a tocoyal (head-covering, often very elaborate), and a faja (sash) which is placed around the waste in folds, so as to make pockets. Women usually carry a tzut, or sort of all-purpose cloth, which I have seen used as a pad for the head (when carrying loads on top of their heads) or as a baby sling. Men wear calzones (trousers) and leather sandle...Read More

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Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo (Clothing Museum)
1a. Calle Poniente # 51
Antigua, Guatemala
832-3169

Climbing Volcano Pacaya

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Story/Tip

Hiking into the clouds Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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The guidebook warned against climbing Pacaya without a guide. I got the impression that there were bandits around every corner, ready to jump out of the bushes at any time. So we signed up for a guided tour with Gran Jaguar. When we showed up the next morning at 5:50am for the tour, we were dismayed to discover that there were 25 people on the tour! I guess this was not to be a low-impact excursion. We were to be herded up the mountain in a pack. The bus took us to the park entrance, where we had another unpleasant surprise. Apparently, the 25Q (US$3) National Park entrance fee was not included in our tour price. The hike started out mellow, as a stroll in the woods w...Read More

Historical Walking Tour

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Great fountain Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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Start the self-guided Historical Walking Tour at the town square. While I was intensely drawn to the beauty and activity buzz of all the town squares in Guatemala, Antigua’s plaza is especially impressive. The massive trees offer friendly shade, and combined with the cold drinks and snacks sold by countless vendors, it is a prefect place to beat the heat. The cooling sounds of the local fountain almost distract you front the fact that the water is spouting out of the breasts of the female statue figures. Now add in the scenery of colonial architecture and massive volcanos rising in the distance, and you too will be in awe. Around the perimeter of the central park are many buildings of note. ...Read More