San Antonia Aqua Calientes
San Antonia Aqua Calientes Reviews
San Antonio Agua Calientes Sep 21, 2013
Living a large part of my life in Antigua, Guatemala for the past two years has been a most enlightening experience. I have grown to love the country as the time gave me the advantage of going to places few tourists take the time to visit.
Travel for most of us usually has the rush factor, as we eat locations like meals. Because I was based in Antigua I was able to travel to nearby Mexico and through the country.
In Antigua there is a huge influx of Mayans every morning from nearby towns, to work, to be at the market, and to walk the streets selling their hand crafted textiles.
Basically these peoples can no longer afford to live in Antigua, as it is now a world class UNESCO heritage designated city. It has become cosmopolitan and one must venture out to the countryside, to see the real Guatemala life. Antigua has only glimpses of the real Guatemala.
Many Mayan venderdoras come from San Antonio Agua Calientes, a small town known for the expertise of its weavers. These Mayans work on a backstrap loom and excel in the Huipil Method which produces the design on both sides of the resultant cloth.
San Antonio Agua Calientes is a small town of some 7,800 people 30-45 minutes away from Antigua, by local bus.
San Antonio sits in a small valley, with mountains on every side. You enter going down a steep hill and first notice that the sides of the mountains are terraced with farm sites. It is quite beautiful.
The cattle bus transportation arrived after much shaking, bouncing and twisting , some 40 minutes from Antigua. The local transportation is affectionately called a " Cattle Bus". They are actually refurbished school busses from Canada and the USA. Bluebirds, to be exact. They are painted in wild , beautiful colors and I think they throw away the springs. The bus was packed both ways and stops at every intersection. Cost return was 7 quetzales, about 55-60 cents. Yes , the bus is worth a review, all by itself!
The town itself, in the valley, is Very, Very clean.......and it is easy to navigate, divided into zones.The people wear the local clothing and there are no taxis......just some tuk tuks. People mostly walk and one likes the sense of slow time. The most impressive part was the cleanliness.
The town municipal building was new, and artistically well appointed. It houses a two story artisans section....very well filled with local wares.
This is a nice town to visit ..and slow ones life to normal under very friendly conditions.
Part of the Guatemala - 2013 travel blog
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