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There are two daily excursions going up the volcano, one of the three active volcanoes in the country... one leaves in the morning, the other one in the afternoon.
If you're in Guatemala during the rainy season, everybody's gonna suggest you to go in the morning... don't do it! Yes, it's true... most of the time rains in the evening, but don't forget this isn't just another volcano... you wanna climb it because of the lava, and if you are up there at 5, 6 or 7 PM ... you'll love it!!
Written Jul 13, 2007
ChocoMuseo is the new cacao and chocolate museum in Antigua, Guatemala.
I took the 2 hours chocolate making class which was great fun and where I learnt everything about cacao and chocolate. In the end I could take my chocolate creations with me. The museum is free and pretty interesting but the workshop is definetely the thing to do in Antigua Guatemala.
Written Jan 11, 2012
Address: 4a Calle Oriente #14
The best time to visit Antigua is during Cuaresma (Lent) and Semana Santa (Holy Week). Roman Catholic and ancient Mayan traditions have mixed to create an incredible spectacle during these times. Thousands of people dress in purple robes and process through the streets over long elaborately designed rugs made out of colored sawdust or flowers, called alfombras. Leading the processions are scores of men swinging smoky silver bowls on chains that fill the streets with a shocking amount of scented smoke. Behind them follows a hundred heavily burdened devotees carrying a massive cross that is as long as a city bus and weights over 7,000lbs. They rock back and forth slowly moving forward like an immense and bizarre centipede to the beat of the band that plays funerary marches behind. A biblical scene of Christ’s Crucifixion is laid out above on the cross for all to see and is even lit at night to display Jesus with an array of dazzling special effects. The processions begin after the completion of mass and last about 12 hours. During our two weeks in Antigua we must have seen at least ten processions. Occasionally there are two going on at the same time making traffic a serious problem. On Good Friday, or Viernes Santos (en Español), the streets were completely mobbed with people. The atmosphere felt more like the party and celebration of Carnival instead the somber mood of those absorbed in quiet self-reflection over the death of their god. Vendors of balloons, cotton candy, ice-cream, and toys followed the processions through the streets. Restaurants were making a killing with their tables packed and people overflowing into the street. The beer and liquor flowed profusely.
Written Jun 27, 2007
If you're spending a few hours, a day or just going through Antigua ... don't miss the main square, and especially the Palacio de los Capitanes (across the street).
There are some more ruins around town, but that palace is beautiful!
Even though is nothing that great, the Arco de Santa Catalina (on 5a Av Norte) is worth a picture!
Written Jul 13, 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.
Written Jan 11, 2007
Address: 7av. Norte No. 15 "B"
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.
Written Jul 29, 2004
Gorgeous view of Antigua and Volcan Agua. Tourist police escort tourists up every day at 10 am and 3 pm I believe, free of charge (though I'm sure they'd take a tip!).
Written Mar 8, 2006
Take a salsa lesson at La Salsa Academia de Baile. They have 4 great instructors and offer free group classes on Mondays and Tuesdays. I reccommend private lessons.
Written Aug 4, 2005
Address: 6a. Calle Poniente #40
This church is a tribute to Friar Pedro who was canonized in 2002. People with disabilities come here to be blessed.
Updated Mar 20, 2007
Address: 2 Ave Sur on 6 Calle Oriente
This building is easily recognized by its stately arches. The tourism office and other government offices are located here.
Updated Mar 22, 2007
Address: 5 calle Poniente
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