Fun things to do in Antigua Guatemala

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    Roof top Convento de las Capuchinas

    by easterntrekker Updated Mar 20, 2007

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    From the roof top of Convento de las Capuchinas , you can see an almost 360 degree view of beautiful Antigua. It's difficult to stop taking pictures!! We stayed up top for a while , just enjoying the view.

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    Convento de las Capuchinas

    by easterntrekker Updated Mar 20, 2007

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    If you only have time to see one ruin , make it this one. It's so beautiful. Crumbling walls , red orange and purple flwers cascade over ancient walls . The narrow pathways give a hint of the quiet way of life that was once lived here!
    This convent was Antiguas largest and dates back to 1736 .It was destroyed by the massive earthquake in 1773.

    Open 9-5
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    Salsa or Merengue anyone?

    by nancyw Written Jan 11, 2007

    If you want some exercise and fun, try the salsa and merengue classes from Jorge Mario and Mily, offered through the Escuela de Espanol "Cooperacion". They offer both group and individual lessons.

    I never would have considered taking my two left feet out on the dance floor, but Mily and Jorge Mario are well known dance experts. Even more important for me, they both have a great sense of humor and lots of patience.

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    The Famous Bad*$$ Buses

    by calcaf38 Updated Dec 31, 2006

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    When American schoolbuses reach their expiration date, they are driven to Guatemala. There, they enter heaven: they get painted with fantastic designs and drive through gorgeous landscapes. When I showed someone a picture, he said "This bus is bad*$$."

    You encounter the buses throughout the country, but especially around Guatemala City and Antigua. I never got to ride on the buses, however. I always ended up on the slightly upscale minibuses.

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    Eating and drinking at night

    by IngaRita Written Jun 29, 2006

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    Here are some of the places that we visited:

    Sky cafe- great views of the city, awesome nachos, a pain to get to, but worth treaking there. Great service!

    Mono loco- we always ended up here if nothing else worked out. Owner is a sox fans, if you're into that. In parque central. Its huge with lots of tourists.

    Fridas- good drink specials on certain nights

    Riki's bar- was stuffy and hot and not a lot of places to sit in the bar area.

    No se- good food, but I think it got my friend sick. Indoor/outside restaurant. Slow service from not-so-nice waitress.

    Riellys- some say its cool, I didn't go.

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    Elizabeth Bell Tour

    by IngaRita Written Jun 29, 2006

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    Elizabeth Bell or Roberto Spillari take you on a walking English tour of certain parts of the city. She is american but has lived in Antigua for a very long time. She knows all about the culture, social changes that have happened in the last 20 years. She's a fascinating women, very blunt and to the point. I kinda wanted to sit down with her and pick her brain over beers. Try to get E. Bell, I don't know how the other person is. Her office is right next to Hotel Santo Domingo in the North East part of town. The office has funky hours so go in the middle of the day and book your reservation. $18 per person, but she does say that she donates to certain social causes.
    The day we went was one of the most beautiful days I've ever seen, completely and uterly magnificant.

    Elizabeth Bell Marcy Fuego on the left.  It don't get better than this!
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    Museum madness

    by Sue08080 Updated May 6, 2006

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    Museo de Arte Colonial houses some impressive sculptures of saints and painting by leading artists of the colonial era.

    Just off the parque Central is this museum of the art treasures of Antigua. Sadly, the lovely but poorly equiped building is home to many beautiful examples of Antigua's past. It rained heavily on the day we visited and the humidity was high. There is no climate control here and the artwork is suffering.

    To our dismay, a roof leak was falling directly onto a lovely wooden statue!

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    Captain-Generals' Palace

    by Sue08080 Written May 6, 2006

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    This building on the Parque Central is to the right when facing the Cathedral. It was once the governmental center of all of Central America. Walk along the stately double arcaded facade for a lovely view of the plaza and the cathedral. Today the building houses the local government agencies.

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    Casa Popenoe

    by Sue08080 Updated May 4, 2006

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    Casa Popenoe, Popenoe house, is a restored colonial mansion which we visited on the Elizabeth Bell tour. Here you can get a look into domestic life in the colonial era. The house was built in 1634 by a supreme court judge originally from Spain. Over the years it was abandoned and fell into disrepair, until finally in 1932, it was bought and restored by Doctor Wilson Popenoe, a United Fruit Company scientist.

    The house was restored to its former glory and filled with antique furniture and art. Every detail has been restored.

    It is occupied by two of Dr. Popenoe's daughters but open for tours.

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    Salsa lessons

    by Ruchei Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    I took several salsa classes in Antigua and had a lot of fun! This is definitely a thing to do while there. It helps with studying Spanish too as classes are in Spanish. Salsa classes are everywhere in town and you can ask at any Spanish school or just see school signs on the streets.

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    Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo

    by AlwaysATraveler Written Aug 5, 2005

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    Actually, this church with convent is now the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo. This most elegant hotel/museum stays true to its origins. The public areas are monastic yet elegant, if such a thing. Besides a visit to its upscale restaurant, you must visit the architectural areas which are in the process of being restored, for example the monastery's church, cloister and fountain, and the crypt with two graves with real bones on display. Also, do not miss the small museums housed here also.

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    Ruinas Copan

    by stevepreece Written Oct 23, 2004

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    Okay its not really close to Antigua but, its a definite. I loved it. As with lots of Antigua trips, easier to do in tourist minibus and as with all tourist minibuses an early start 5am seems to be about right. 6 hours later you are dropped in Ruinas de Copan, the toen that is. Border is interesting as you get a passport stamp in your passport and visa on a slip of paper if you are only going to the ruins. Plenty of hotels and restaurants. Museum at site a must, Jaguar tunnels are an interesting aside, get to see in side the pyramids and unique in all the ruins i{ve been to. Prices add up though, get together with others and hire a guide.

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    Guatemala City

    by andycandy Written Jul 29, 2004

    While not charming like Antigua, Guatemala City has interesting landmarks befitting acapital city.

    The nightlife in Guate is pretty rocking, lots of clubs and restaurants.

    if you are staying in antigua, it is worth one public bus ride (at least) into guate and it is an experience seeing the city bus terminal.

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    Guatemalan Art

    by Kindra Written Jan 16, 2004

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    The several art galleries that line 4a Calle just east of the Central Park. There is no charge to enter these galleries and enjoy the beautiful paintings, ceramics, murals, sculptures, mosaics and more.

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    Typical Sweets at Dona Maria Gordillo Dulceria

    by Kindra Written Jan 16, 2004

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    This shop has been producing typical Antiguan sweets since 1872, offering a variety of goods made from milk, condensed milk, coconut, almonds, marzapan, guyava, sesame seeds and more, packaging your selections in boxes. Experiencing these tastes is a must do. If you have no idea what to order, do as I did: give the lady your price and have her make the selections for you.

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