Antigua has captured my heart. So one of the things I love about traveling is experiencing different cultures and in Antigua you get it.
So, picture this, January 22, 2016, an hour journey to Antigua from Guatemala:
1. The streets are cobblestones. In other words, ladies leave your heels/wedges at home.
2. The women and children wear the traditional Guatemalan/Mayan attire which I love. Modern is great but heritage and tradition are important.
3. It is a walkable city. They have public transportation which is the called the “Chicken Bus” but you don’t need it. Primarily the locals use it around the perimeter to get to the city center.
4. There are no chain hotels. Your money is going to the local economy. The hotel I am staying at is the Casa del Parque. Don’t you love the pool? One of the things I did notice, the hotels don’t have any air conditioner. Since I am here during the winter, it is no problem.
5. The town is surrounded by three enormous volcanoes and mountains. One of the active volcanos is Pacaya and you can smell the ashes in the early hours of the morning.
6. It is about 474 years old. She still young and vibrant.
7. Antigua used to be the capital of Central America.
8. The town elected their first female mayor in November 2015. Susana Ascensio won by 27% of the vote. She is very popular and well received by the Antiguan.
9. It has had 3 earthquakes and the last major one was in 1976.
I couldn’t end this story without mentioning the architecture and the overall beauty within the city of Antigua.