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"Antigua Market
"Antigua Market Cooking Class and Choco Museum from Guatemala City""Pick up from your hotel in Guatemala City will be at 8:30am. Your guide will take you to the Antigua street market to take a 2-hour tour where you can see and smell the ingredients used for Guatemalan cooking. After your market tour you will return to th your expert chef will start by teaching you about the Spanish and Mayan cultural influences on Guatemalan flavors. Learn about the staple ingredients and foods used by natives including corn peppers and beans. For your own meal you’ll get to prepare one main dish
From $169.00
 
Antigua Market Cooking Class and Choco Museum in Antigua
"Pick up from your hotel in Guatemala City will be at 8:30am. Your guide will take you to the Antigua street market to take a 2-hour tour where you can see and smell the ingredients used for Guatemalan cooking. After your market tour you will return to th your expert chef will start by teaching you about the Spanish and Mayan cultural influences on Guatemalan flavors. Learn about the staple ingredients and foods used by natives including corn peppers and beans. For your own meal you’ll get to prepare one main dish such as hilachas or tamales two side dishes and one dessert
From $150.00
 
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
From $44.00

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Chicken Busses

Getting to Antigua from the City of Guatemala takes you about one hour and twenty minutes (may be more, depending on the traffic and the time of day) and costs 6Q if you gte on the bus on the "parrada" at 18th Calle in Zona 1. You will arrive at the bus stop behind the Mercado de Artesanias in Antigua Guatemala.

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AnnaLupilla
May 15, 2005

Buses to Antigua

Antigua is well connected to Guatemala city or other towns like Chichicastenango, Solola or Quetzaltenango, by bus. Also there are shuttle buses to the city or the airport, the price of the shuttles is about $20.00.

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euzkadi
Jul 11, 2004

chickenbus

I had tried to avoid guatemala city at all costs. I failed, and in the end even missed the shuttle that i had arranged to whisk me away to Antigua. I took the chickenbus, my first, and it was FINE. perhaps an hour or an hour and a half?

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xpythias
Nov 23, 2003

Chicken buses!

The chicken bus experience is a must for experiencing Central America! It will be an endearing memory, trust me! They are great. They are all brightly painted with such imagination. They are always packed, and most of the time you might have problems getting a seat. The music on the buses is great! Chicken buses are truly a part of the whole experience of Guatemala!!!

Buses arrive and depart from a large open lot beyond the market, on the town’s west side. Connections with Guatemala City are frequent, and one direct bus daily runs to Panajachel.To reach other highland towns such as Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango and Huehuetenango, or Panajachel at any other time of day, take one of the frequent buses to Chimaltenango, on the Interamericana, and catch an onward bus from there. Or take a bus heading toward Guatemala City, get off at San Lucas Sacatepéquez and change buses there - this takes a little more time, but it’s a good road, and since you’ll be boarding the bus closer to the capital you’re more likely to get a seat (important if you want to avoid the possibility of standing for several hours).

Buses to outlying villages such as Santa María de Jesús (US$0.25, 30 minutes) and San Antonio Aguas Calientes (US$0.20, 25 minutes) depart from the bus area behind the market. It’s best to make your outward trip early in the morning, returning by midafternoon, as bus services drop off dramatically as late afternoon approaches.

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bellatrix
Apr 18, 2003
 
 
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Las "camionetas"

They have public transportation (the very colorful buses) but I wouldn't recommend them.... though you can try it if you're staying in Guatemala city, you'll need to! 'cause a taxi would just be too expensive! (well, nothing can be 'too expensive' in Guatemala) And if you do, these buses are pretty safe, especially going from the city to Antigua, only about a 45 minute trip. But once in Antigua... the thing to do is 'walk'!!!! and enjoy the views and cobble stone streets, etc.

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la_beba
Oct 04, 2002

Chicken Bus

Guatemala shares the tradition of many Central American countries. Buses painted with colorful images. Mostly old school buses imported from the US. In Guatamela, they are called "Chicken Buses".

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Jim_Eliason
Dec 07, 2008

Buses

From Chichicastenango it's a bit more than three hours with the bus.
We had a stop at Los Encuentros where we did change buses and another stop in Chimaltenango.

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chrisvandenbroucke
Mar 15, 2004

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Things to Do Near Antigua Guatemala

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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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