The Colonial City of Antigua

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the Plaza Mayor

Early in the morning, we departed our hotel to make arrangement of our tours. If you used a taxi from Guatemala City to Antigua, it would cost you 30$ for one way or you have an option to use a shuttle bus that would approximately cost about fifteen dollars. Anyways, Antigua Tours by Elizabeth Bell was recommended in our book, so we definitely went to her agency. As i have learned, Elizabeth Bell is from Palo Alto, California, and she has been living in Antigua since 1969, she published a book about Antigua, and so it makes her a great choice to be our tour guide. We signed up for her walking tour that cost about 20 dollars, which is pretty decent because she is very excellent.

You could feel the passion that she had bestowed upon the towns people of Antigua and definitely she played a very  important role in the development of the city itself.

The colonial city of Antigua is simply a gem, an enchanting blend of restored colonial-era architecture and rugged cobblestone streets, peppered with ruins and brimming with all the amenities a traveler could want- beautiful boutique hotels, fine restaurants, and plenty of shopping and activity options.

Casa Santo Domingo is a delight to see. This grandiose hotel lives to the hype. The hotel is a tourist attraction in and of itself, spread over massive grounds that include the colonial-era ruins of an old convent, a working chapel, several museum-quality display areas, and a large amphitheater.

Antigua used to be the capital city of Guatemala, but i guess with the devastating earthquake that happened in the 17th century, they changed the capital to Guatemala city. So everything that they could moved from their churches has been moved.

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the Plaza Mayor
the Plaza Mayor
one of the facades
one of the facades
ruins
ruins
Catedral San Jose
Catedral San Jose
Antigua
photo by: monky