On Foot, Antigua Guatemala
We found out that a great way to get to know Antigua is by renting an MP3 tourist guide. We found the place that rents them just by serendipity. My wife was having her picture taken wearing regional dresses when we discovered that in the same place they rent these tiny devices containing the most important facts about 25 monuments of Antigua Guatemala. They also provide a map with a suggested path. You are free to follow it or not. We rented it for 24 hours and we almost run out of time, because walking is tiring sometimes and we stopped for coffee several times enjoying all kinds of small stores. The devices are provided with disposable earphones which is good health-wise.
We started the tour right after breakfast. “La Recolección” was the starting point. It is awesome to be in the place, taking pictures and listening to true historical facts, no nonsense *** tour guides usually tell. It was concise, brief, but enough. Then we went to “Los Jerónimos” Monastery and so on we follow the path. A full day of enjoyment.
Antigua is a perfect city to see by walking. It is fairly compact and is almost completely flat. The main hazard is the uneven surfaces of the cobblestone streets. But as long as you bring some comfortable, flat-soled shoes/sandals, you should be fine. There are also the 3-wheeled scooter taxis known as tuk-tuks but they are not as ubiquitious as they are in Panajachel. One definitely gets to know the city better by walking its streets and peeking into windows and open doors. Just don't be too nosy!