Lake Atitlan – Antigua, Guatemala – January 24 – 27, 2013

January 24, 2013

I have acquired a “bug” that is keeping me running (unfortunately not on the beach kind of running!) … there are a multitude of instances that come to mind where, at the time, I thought, “Is this going to be a problem?”  Hmm…. I guess I should have been a little more careful!  No more limonade for me… Not so much fun.  Scott visited the local pharmacy for me this morning for some pills that should help.  I hope that our ride to Antigua is uneventful!!! (afternote – yes – I made it!  Thank you little pills).

The locals are all dressed up today!

The locals are all dressed up today!

fancy bus

Chicken bus

As we flew along the main highway, we came around a corner to this “parade” for one of the Guatemalan’s festivals.  They were marching in one lane, with a police escort in front. Now we know why everyone is dressed up today!  Keep in mind, this road is essentially the freeway of Guatemala….

Parade along the highway for the Rabinal Festival of San Pablo

Parade along the highway for the Rabinal Festival of San Pablo

Rabinal Festival of San Pablo

Rabinal Festival of San Pablo

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wood cutter

wood cutter

After several wrong turns, one resulting in the very nice road suddenly turning to a dirt path, and another requiring us to ask a local for directions…. we made it to Antigua!  It is  charming!   The people are very friendly – we stopped two times to get our bearings, and each time a different person approached us, asking if we needed help.  Antigua, GuatemalaAntigua, Guatemala

Part of the charm of Antigua is the narrow cobblestone streets and colonial architecture.   Streetside, entire blocks appear to be just a plain wall with nondescript gates and barred windows, but inside are beautiful shops and courtyards.

Tradiciones Antigua Hotel

Tradiciones Antigua Hotel is where we ended up

fountain at Hotel Tradiciones Antigua

courtyard fountain at Tradiciones Antigua Hotel

Scott, hard at work!

Scott, hard at work in the hotel courtyard!

This hotel is only 4 years old, but is constructed to appear hundreds of years old.  It is so beautiful!

Tradiciones Antigua Hotel

Tradiciones Antigua Hotel

Tradiciones Antigua Hotel

Tradiciones Antigua Hotel

Notice the plants growing on the roof

Streetside view – note the plants growing in the tiled roof

Antigua was originally the capital city of Guatemala, but after several devastating earthquakes, it was moved to Guatemala City.  Most of the ruins were left as they were after the earthquakes that destroyed them.

Antigua's Cathedral

Antigua’s Cathedral from Parque Central

We spent the morning wandering around the Parque Central – a beautiful area in the center of town.  We sat for awhile on a bench and listened to a man playing music…

Music in the Parque

Music in the Parque

Shoe shine boys kept asking to clean my shoes and Mayan women would approach us to sell their jewelry and weavings.  We decided to walk through the Cathedral and ruins….built in 1538, it was destroyed in 1668 by an earthquake. Another cathedral was built next to it, and it was destroyed in 1773 – and then another was built next to it.  Surreal….

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Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral ruins

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Oldest Cathedral ruins

No modern signage in Antigua….

Dominoes pizza!

Dominoes pizza!

<3

❤ I love this man!

In the cathedral

In the cathedral (and yes, I wear a dress on the motorcycle when we ride around town)

town square

Parque Central fountain

Another ruin

Another ruin

South Agua Volcano

South Agua Volcano

Poor Scott succumbed to the travel bug…. the rest of his afternoon is spent in our room.  I ventured out on my own and had a great time exploring the little shops behind the walls!

January 26, 2013

Got up this morning to a beautiful clear sky and view of the Agua Volcano from the rooftop terrace of the hotel.

Agua Volcano - Antigua

Agua Volcano – Antigua

Antigua - roof top view
Antigua – roof top view
rooftop vew
rooftop view
Both Scott and I still feel under the weather, so we decide to stay another two days. We ventured out into town this Saturday morning where several streets were closed to traffic for pedestrians.  We found some great shops to walk through.  
amigos
amigos
And saw many Mayans selling their wares – old and young.
little Mayan
little Mayan
This father and his four sons were playing music in the street – the littlest one is sitting out of view behind his brothers on the curb.
A father and his 4 sons
A father and his 4 sons
playing turtle shells
playing tortoise shells
Saturday near the town center
Saturday near the town center
Antigua
Antigua
Antigua
Antigua
Necklace for you? Special deal for you
“Necklace for you lady? Special deal just for you today!”
Antigua
Antigua
Antigua
Antigua
boys selling flutes in Antigua
boys selling flutes in Antigua
We took a break in a restaurant to have a soda.  Our table was next to a window, convenient for the locals to stop and show us what they had to sell.  These little girls were very persistent in trying to get Scott to buy their merchandise.  He gave them each a few quetzals (money in Guatemala) because they were so cute.  The one on the right spoke the most English – she kept telling Scott he was cheap because he wouldn’t buy anything.  
10 year olds selling in Antigua
10 year olds selling in Antigua
10 year old
10 year old Mayan
Antigua carriage ride - driver talking on his cell
Antigua carriage ride – driver talking on his cell
Mayans
Mayans
Antigua
Antigua
The Arch

The Arch

Local Mercado

Local Mercado

Walking through the local mercado

Walking through the local mercado

Antigua gets my vote for one of the most romantic cities we have been in!

Very romantic dinner!

Very romantic candlelight dinner in a private courtyard

Taylor Guitars in Antigua

Taylor Guitars in Antigua?!!!

Full moon over Parque Central fountain

Full moon over Parque Central fountain

January 27, 2013

Sunday morning – we watched Pastor Ed from the Packinghouse in Redlands, CA, preach live via webcam.  We were able to watch the entire service, including worship!

We took another walk around town… Sunday is a BUSY day here – so many tourists come from Guatemala City (an hour away).

moto for 4

moto for 4

Church and Volcano - Antigua

Church and Volcano – Antigua

sleepy one

sleepy one

We sat in the square and watched the people – very rich and very poor – all enjoying their day.

Antigua styling

She is stylin!

Little Mayan

Little Mayan

Little Mayan with her mama

Little Mayan with her mama

We took a carriage ride through the area of town we had not explored yet.  Our young drivers did not speak much English, but tried to explain points of interest to us.

Our carriage drivers

Our carriage drivers

Carriage ride through Antigua

Carriage ride through Antigua

sundial in Antigua

sundial in Antigua

Mayan

Mayan

We went to Calvary Chapel of Antigua for their evening service at 5 tonight.  This is a small church, though attendance was high due to two work groups from the US  in town.  A good service done in English and Spanish.

Calvary Chapel Antigua

Calvary Chapel Antigua

Calvary Chapel Antigua

Calvary Chapel Antigua

Tomorrow we are on the road to more adventures!

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2 Responses to Lake Atitlan – Antigua, Guatemala – January 24 – 27, 2013

  1. Denise says:

    Love seeing your pictures and reading about your adventures. The picture of the blue sky and cloud peeking through the cathedral ceiling ruin was especially good, along with the cathedral and volcano picture. Hope you are both feeling better for your ride tomorrow. God bless.

  2. keith says:

    Scott and Vicki, Denise has been showing me your trip pics and details… so I decided to ¨follow¨ you two myself! REALLY great trip! Wishin´ we were there! – Keith

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