This is the third and last installment of our trip to Guatemala. If you haven’t, check out our trip to Rio Dulce and the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal. After the long drive back from Tikal, it took about two days to explore the local area. I was glad to be back to Guatemala city where the weather is just perfect. We took the rental car and with our gps, explored the local markets and plazas of the city. We even went to a very nice shopping area called Paseo Cayala where we saw a movie at their theatre.
We also drove more towards the city center to find an underground marketplace and shop some more.
After getting adequate rest, we were ready to make a drive up to one of the most popular tourist destination in Guatemala. The city of Antigua, another UNESCO World Heritage site, is a quaint little town with a rich history evidenced by the structures and preservations of the buildings. I loved the cobblestone streets nestling in between brightly colored buildings. It was a little hard finding a parking spot but we managed. After sharing a quick bite, we headed to the central park where we were hounded and surrounded by vendors selling handmade crafts with the signature Mayan style patterns and colors. We also had to politely decline the several pleads of local ladies to buy their trinkets. One charming lady’s efforts really made smile while she coerced me to purchase one of her handmade scarf using broken english knowing full well I didn’t speak Spanish.
Since we were nearing the end of our trip, we had to stop by their marketplace to buy some more souvenirs. There was an abundant of vendors selling all sorts of souvenir like times, we didn’t even know where to start.
Visiting Antigua was a truly amazing experience and it was one of the best trip I’ve taken. Thanks for reading!
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