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1a. Calle Oriente No. 11, Alameda Santa Rosa, Antigua Guatemala, 1001, Guatemala
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Antigua de Guatemala


Can anyone who's lately been to Antigua de Guatemala tell me what is the scene there these days - as far as touristic crowd/popularity index and cultural happenings are concerned - certainly the place becoming ever more discovered.

I'm considering a return trip to there this Fall and would like to know if the place has changed so much - lost all her backpacker's allure - and been turned into a major tourist destination.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Antigua de Guatemala

by onebadcat

Having seen it once. I wouldn't have to go back. I felt it was absolutely overrun with package tourists and 'backpackers'. Not at all like the rest of Guatemala. Worth seeing once but not planning to go back when I am in Guatemala again. Just my two cents. If I want McDonalds, a spa day and an expensive hotel I will stay home.


Re: Antigua de Guatemala

by gfinesilver

it's on most backpackers' itinerary largely out of convenience in its location near but not in guatemala city. it definitely has lost backpacker's allure, but that can be found anywhere. if you have the right attitude and beat away from the path. you can do this in antigua too. but there are lots of tourists and students and stuff. it's fun for the bars and whatnot certainly and it's a beautiful place, but you may have to search elsewhere for authenticity.

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Random thoughts about Antigua

by bellatrix

My first impression of Antigua was that it was a bit more worn for the wear, more gritty and real than the tourist-run resort type town that I was expecting. But still much more neat and new looking that Chichi or Panajachel or San Pedro. Antigua is still very ritzy by central-American standards, but when I first arrived, I guess I was comparing it to American cities.

Antigua is strange the way it was built as well - if you stand on any street and look in any direction, you'll notice that most of the buildings appear to be connected to eachother. So you see these incredibly long stretches of wall, broken only by the brightly painted colors that mark what I presume is the end of one building and the beginning of the next. At first I thought it was strange to see these long solid thick walls; later I learned that the walls were built very strongly to protect in the case of an earthquake - which is a very real threat here. The city has been devastated a few times by earthquake and volcano eruption over the last 300 years.

Former Capital of All of Central America

by Ken_Weaver

This building at one time was the capital building of the government that rules all of Central America. It was called El Palacio de Los Capitanes Generales. Now The National Civil Police have offices there. To see more of Guatemala click on this Link

Santa Semana

by Jim_Eliason

Santa Semana or Holy Week in English is the biggest holiday in Guatemala and the city with the biggest celebration is Antigua. It mixes both Christian easter traditions with early Mayan sacrifices to the corn god. During this week, especially the last part, Antigua is jammed and hotels are hard to find. However, it is one of the most unique and special celebrations held every year. Definitely a must see.

Rainy Season in Antigua

by AlwaysATraveler

- -Long Pants as Well as Shorts for the Daytime
-Really good slicker large enough to fit over your backpack!
-Light jacket/sweater
-Pack casual clothing; dressy clothes were not necessary
-Inexpensive non-flashy jewelry -Benedryl
-Insect Repellant with DEET -Place camera/case and phone in baggies so that if you get caught in the rain they will not be damaged.
-Bring your VISA card. My Mastercard was not accepted in all places

San Andres Ixtapa.

by euzkadi

Just 18 kms from Antigua is San Andres Ixtapa. A town home to the cult of Maximon, housed in his own pagan chapel. People use to sprays the saint with alcohol from their mouth (thats why the statue is covered by a plastic bag), and put money, candles or cigars in the altar. This San Simon attracks a lots of ladino pilgrims unlike the other Maximons of Zunil or Santiago Atitlan.
Este pueblo localizado a 18 kms de Antigua, alberga la capilla pagana de San Simon o Maximon. La verdad no es un destino turistico, y por cierto no es muy agradable la visita, pero es interesante ver la forma en que los peregrinos, mayormente ladinos actuan. Es comun que la gente le escupa al santo aguardiente, por cierto por eso es que lo mantienen cubierto con un plastico. Ademas se flagelan delante de el, dejandole ofrendas de alcohol, cigarrillos o dinero. En el atrio de la capilla nos ofrecieron hacernos una limpia con alcohol, ademas de predecirnos el futuro y pedir por salud o dinero. A lo cual nos negamos muy educadamente. La verdad es una experiencia inquietante.


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