The village near Pacaya Volcano is very poor - there is not even a grocery store. There are many wonderful dogs you'll encounter on your hike. They are friendly but skinny! Please take dry dog food in zip lock bags to feed these wonderful dogs. ALSO, MORE IMPORTANT, talk to the local vendors on the hike up who sell sodas and chips. Tell them...more
Really beautiful and small. Close to parque central but not in the center of things. Nice...more
A great view of the city and volcanos. Be sure to go all the way to the roof - there is a small spiral staircase on your right when you reach the second floor. The chips - guacamole - salsa platter with a Zacapa rum makes for a pleasent afternoon nibble. Some backpacking aquaintences ordered the nachos - which was almost as large as their heads...more
Check out http://www.ixelcop.com - this is a group of women who have banded together in a cooperative so that they could stay home with their kids. They are delightful women - they offer weavings, weaving lessons, and cultural presentations to individuals and/or groups. Definitely worth a stop!Matthew Peppermore
The public laundry sinks that are present in the main plazas in Guatemala villages around Antigua are a perfect glimpse into the lives of the locals. There are certain times when women will come to do their laundry and they basically use the time to socialize and catch up on the day's news and gossip. We found it fascinating to watch and the women...more
Located on the second floor of the Mercado de Artesanias, this small museum will give the visitor some background information on the craft of making indigenous clothes, or traje including the beautiful women's blouses, or %huipils. Interestingly the design woven onto a huipil is usally indicative of where the woman is from. This is explained in the...more
The Valhalla Experimental Station is located in San Miguel Duenas and I am glad my guide brought me to this wonderful farm. I also got to meet the owners, Larry and his lovely wife, Emilia. Larry actually started the farm way back in 1975 and their mission is to “reverse global warming, assist indigenous people in developing self-sustaining...more
When visiting this amazing macadamia farm (Valhalla Experimental Station) at San Miguel Dueñas, Guatemela, ask if you could see their bathroom. The young lady (Libby I think) who was guiding me through the farm said it was the most photographed bathroom in Guatemala, lol....So, I got my camera out and took pictures!And yes indeed, they did a good...more
As in any famous festivity you´ll find a lot of tourist´s (local and foreigner), but forget that and enjoy one of Guatemala´s most authentic festivities. You´ll see so many diferent type´s of local costumes as in Totonicapan or other remote markets, not so easy to reach.more
With over 200 dogs and nearly 100 cats they always need help with anything from building dog-runs or putting up fences to bathing, brushing, or walking dogs, providing some human company for both the dogs and the cats, or helping out with the educational programs.more
This festivity takes place the 1º of November, time to visit the cemetery and to drive out the bad spirits through fliying kite´s. Then it´s time to eat, drink and dance. I found Sumpango (even when is less colorful) more authentic than Santiago, less tourists and more local people.more
RETURNING TO GUATEMALA AFTER 1 YEAR LATER, I DECIDED I WOULD HAVE ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT CLIMBING UP AGUA. WE CLIMBED UP SANTA MARIA A FEW DAYS BEFORE AND IPALA THE DAY BEFORE AND ALTHOUGH AGUA IS ALMOST AS TALL AS SANTA MARIA (3760M ABOVE SEA LEVEL), I ACTUALLY FOUND THIS EASIER THAN SANTA MARIA TO HIKE UP.
THE TRAIL STARTS SOMEWHERE FROM THE TOP END OF THE MAYA TOWN SANTA MARIA DE JESUS AND CAN GET VERY ROCKY AND EVENTUALLY STEEP THAT IT COULD EFFECT YOUR BALANCE. YOU NEED TO BE FIT TO DO THIS.
IT CAN BE A LONG WAY UP AND LONG WAY DOWN BUT WATCH OUT FOR HORSE *** EVERYWHERE AS THE PATHS CAN BE NARROW AND BE CAREFUL OF LOOSE ROCKS AND MUDDY PATHS AS YOU COULD SLIP.
HALFWAY UP THE VOLCANO IS A SMALL STORE WHERE YOU CAN BUY REFRESHMENTS INCLUDING BISCUITS, CRISPS, AND FIZZY DRINKS WHICH COULD BE IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR ENERGY LEVELS UP.
UNLESS YOU PLAN TO CAMP AT THE CRATER OVERNIGHT, START YOUR HIKE EARLY IN THE MORNING TO AVOID NIGHTFALL ON YOUR DESCENT. IT'S ABOUT 5-6 HOURS CLIMB.
TAKE SOME WATER, A WARM TOP, AND SANDWICHES WITH YOU.
Rebuilt on the remains of the first catedral built in Guatemala (1543), the current structure was built years after the devastating flood in 1531 that precipated the move of the capital to nearby Antigua. The current structure is a functioning church today and has a very beautiful and interestingly decorated facade. Inside are nicely carved religous figures and a pretty altar. On the day of our visit they were setting up for Corpus Christi celebrations that were to take place that weekend. It was no problem to walk inside the church to have a look around. Definitely worth the visit.