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Trek to Chicabal Volcano and Lagoon
"Journey along the natural paths of the volcano and see over 40-Mayan altars that were used in ceremonial services. Learn about the Mayan calendar and its importance to this ancient culture. Wander down the paths and see the incredible and diverse variety898 feet. On clear mornings it is possible to see the major volcanoes of northwestern Guatemala as well as the Pacific coast. The crater rim and volcanic cone are covered in a lush cloud forest and the lower slopes of the volcano are used for agricultural purposes by the locals. This easy day-hike provides a perfect mix of tranquility culture and natural beauty.On this 5-hour tour you will go from the base of the volcano all the way to the top. There you will find an impressive view onto the lagoon. From the top the guide will lead you down the stairs to the lagoon itself. Lots of times
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Santiaguito Volcano Hiking Tour from Quetzaltenango
"This hike gives you the opportunity to see the beautiful Guatemalan landscape and the eruptions of one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world while not being overly strenuous. You will have the chance to see different types of plants and flowers. The first part of the hike is a bit steep with some rocks as obstacles but when looking over your shoulder you can see breath-taking views of Quetzaltenango in the early morning.Halfway the road becomes more flat and easy
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Santa María Volcano Hike from Quetzaltenango
"Meet your guide before dawn prepared for a challenging half-day trek to the top of the Santa María Volcano. Take a short drive to the base of the volcano which is situated next to the small village of Llanos del Pinal. Embark on an early morning hike to accompanied by your friendly and informative guide.Reach the summit and enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the Santa María. See numerous other volcanoes such as Tacana Tajumulco Chicabal Lacandón the volcanoes around Lake Atitlan as well as the volcanoes Acatenango Fuego and Agua. This trek is especially popular because the top of the Santa Maria Volcano gives a perfect view down on the crater of the Santiaguito Volcano
From $40.00

Jocotenango Tips (3)

Casa Azotea & Casa Kojom

the Casa de Azotea contains a coffee museum, a small costume museum,and Casa Kojom, a music museum. (Kojom means music in some Maya languages.)

I especially liked the Music Museum. The woman working there not only explained the early instruments, she demonstrated most of them. A turtle shell struck with a deer antler makes a good rhythm instrument. Conch shells had beeswax around the hole to protect the mouth. Clay ocarinas and whistles are old instruments also. Marimbas are the national instrument of Guatemala. They were originally African, and came in with the slaves. Early ones had gourds as sound boxes.

The Coffee Museum has videos and dioramas to illustrate coffee growing and roasting, and there is some antique equipment to look at. The costume museum has some dioramas of daily life. Naturally, there is also a gift shop

Admission is $4 (30Q) and gets you into all of them. Hours: 8:30-4:30 M-F; 8:30-2 on Sat.

Directions: Go to Jocotenango Central Park and turn left. Entrance just past cemetery.

OR--Easier-- they run a shuttle that costs 5Q. It leaves from the Central Plaza in Antugua on the hour. Catch their minivan in front of the cathedral.

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Jun 04, 2010

Outside Antigua

There isn't much outside Antigua, but if you want a feel for the local flavor of coffee and architecture venture out into Jocotenango. You may notice arches are common in government buildings. The coffe plantation is just outside Antigua. It is brewed fresh daily.

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VinTolucci
Aug 12, 2004

Outside Antigua

Local church in Jocotenango just outside Antigua. Notice the detailing in all the churches and the colors.

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Aug 12, 2004
 
 
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Antigua Ruins

This small museum in the Santo Domingo complex preserves some of the best colonial art in Antigua. It's set in an old colonial university building opposite the cathedral that is now converted into...
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Pacaya Volcano

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...
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Churches

Confusingly, Hermano Pedro is not buried in the church dedicated to and named for him, but here in nearby San Francisco. This is one of Antigua’s oldest churches, dating back to 1579, although little...
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Colonial Architecture

This building was originally the University of San Carlos Booremeo founded in 1676. Today it houses the colonial art musuem. Photgraphy is forbidden insde the building but I got these shots of the...
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Parque Central

Parque Central is the heart of Antigua and house the main cathedral and the colonial governemnt buildings. It is also the center of the tourist district and the side streets leading off the plaza are...
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Language Schools

I studied at Don Pedro de Alvarado for ten weeks ,I chose to study Spanish in Antigua after the excellent reports that I had read about the city. I stayed 10 weeks, and I wasn't disappointed. I am 65...
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