Antigua, Guatemala: November Thru April is the Time to Travel There

Antigua, Guatemala: November Thru April is the Time to Travel There

Antigua, Guatemala: November Thru April is the Time to Travel There

From its pastel-colored colonial buildings to its church ruins, you might think Antigua lives up to its name (ancient).

But there is a youthful energy that flows throughout the city, from its bustling markets to the slopes of neighboring volcanoes.

Antigua is Guatemala’s most-visited destination, and with a relaxed attitude and stunning scenery, traveler be tempted to join the in the siestas.

Antigua was once the capital of Guatemala, withstanding centuries of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The capital was eventually moved to safer Guatemala City, and Antigua remains a preservation of colonial-era historical buildings.

 When to Travel there, Now!
                                                     November – April
Like most tropical nations in Central America, seasons are defined by rain.

The dry season runs November through April, and if you go there, you will enjoy clear blue skies and warm Sunshine.

Note: Religious holidays like Christmas and Holy Week attract greater crowds for festivals, and hotels are often booked far in advance.

What you will Discover
                                      This City is called Antigua for a Reason
As a UNESCO site, Antigua has lots of well-preserved buildings, plazas, and churches just waiting to be discovered.

The Arco de Santa Catalina is the city’s most recognizable structure. But beyond the arch, discover the Catedral de Santiago, which was destroyed by the Y 1773 earthquake and subsequently rebuilt.

Explore the front edifice and the roofless ruins in the back.

From the ruins of the Church of Candelaria to the convent of Las Capuchinas, plenty of religious buildings have been preserved and are ready to  explore.

                                                  Trek to the Volcanoes
Located in the shadow of 3 volcanoes, Antigua offers some incredible hiking.

Pacaya is great for short hikes while Acatenango Volcano is a full day or overnight affair.

Caution, these are very much active volcanoes with the potential to erupt.

Another favorite hike is Hobbitenango, a hotel and restaurant replica of the Hobbit village from The Lord of the Rings.

Whether you choose to stay in these Hobbit holes or not, there are several walking trails in the area.

Then, the hike up the Cerro de la Cruz is a popular, easy walk and is also accessible via taxi.

Be sure to do this 1 during the day, as nighttime wanderings in this region may not be safe.

                                                 The Life is Agricultural
Guatemala’s position in Central America gives it a warm, tropical climate prime for agriculture.

And Guatemala is a strong exporter of some of our favorite things: chocolate, coffee, and more.

While in town, support local farmers and visit the farms that are producing these products in a sustainable, eco-friendly way.

Go to see the Finca los Nietos coffee farm. This family-run establishment grows coffee beans without pesticides, so you can enjoy a rich Organic experience.

Then visit the Valhalla Macadamia Nut Project, another Organic, family-run plantation. Try the macadamia nut flour pancakes after your tour.

And last the Caoba Farms, an Organic farm and cafe that serves up delicious and fresh Real food.

Visit during the farmer’s market, or just go for the day to taste Guatamala’s food with a view.

                                                    Learn some Spanish
Guatemala is one of the best places to learn Spanish.

The accent there is 1 of the most neutral and easy to understand in the Americas, as the people speak slower and are patient teachers.

If plan an extended trip to Antigua sign up for Spanish lessons. There are plenty of schools in the city, and you can even sign up for private lessons if that is your pace.

                                     Antigua is a World Heritage Site

This central American colonial city was named a world heritage site by UNESCO in Y 1979 and it’s visited for its well preserved Spanish baroque architecture as well as a lot of Catholic churches in ruins.

Take a walk on Central Park to buy souvenirs from the locals, including bracelets, key-chains, earrings, wooden sculptures, Jade necklaces, even ancient musical instruments made from wood.

Good Real Food to Eat
                                               Guatemalan Gourmet
Fresh Real food options abound in Antigua, and you will enjoy it for sure.

From award-winning Mesón Panza Verde to casual El Rincon Tipico, you can sample the local flavors on any budget.

Stop by Fridas, a Frida Kahlo-themed Mexican restaurant with great food, cool and tasty margaritas.

Then after dinner head to a bar like Lucky Rabbit to put those Spanish lessons to good use and mingle with the locals.

On the way back to the hotel taste exotic ice cream flavors, from chocolate chilies to mojito, at Sobremesa Helados.

A Really Terrific Place to Stay
                                                    Beautiful Antigua
Whether backpacking through Central America or looking for a relaxing, luxury getaway, Antigua has lots to offer.

If on a lower budget, consider a home-stay with a Spanish immersion program, or a guest house.

Hostels are many, such as the highly-rated El Hostal. To up the experience, boutique hotels El Convento and Casa Santo Domingo offer luxury stays.

To connected with Mother Nature, try Earth Lodge. Located on an Avocado farm, this sustainable lodge offers stunning mountain views and delicious home-cooked meals.

The Guide
Looking for some of fun, Antigua offers you the best parties you can find from small bars to big clubs.

Café No Sé is a nice if you like talking with people, but if you want to dance the night away we recommend Las Vibras.

                                                    People Watching
Sitting in el Parque Central, next to Cathedral de Santiago and plenty of restaurants and shops is the place to watch people.

There is a whole that goes on between the music, kids playing or people just walking around.

A few times a week there is a market set up in the Square that features local artisans. You can buy great gifts there, everything from paintings, jewelry, to local chocolate.

Enjoy your travels…

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