Antigua, Guatemala

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We woke up in Guate dazed and confused, still tired after the long trip from the Petén jungle to the highlands. We packed and jumped into a taxi. Direction: zona 7, from where all the buses to Antigua leave.

Nowadays—am I talking like one of these people?—lots of travelers prefer the relative comfort of direct shuttle buses, that run frequently between Guate and Antigua. But these are minibuses, and I hate minibuses. Plus they cost 80 Quetzales per person, ten times the price of the regular bus.

In Guate, each company has its own terminal and they are scattered throughout the city. Además, to make things even more confusing, they don’t really have a name. “How am I supposed to explain the driver which terminal we want?” I asked Feng. “Just tell him we want to take the bus de pollo,” he deadpanned. Unfortunately, “chicken bus” doesn’t translate as easily. I settled for “bus regular”.

The taxi dropped us off in a busy street where colourful chicken buses lined up, bumper to bumper, burping dark fumes. Standing at the opened front door, the driver’s helper yelled the destination. “’Tigua! ‘Tigua!”

We climbed in and braced ourselves for the fun but bumpy one hour ride in the mountain.

Antigua hasn’t changed much, we spent a lot of time there in 2001 and 2003, mostly because it’s quiet, relatively safe and very picturesque. The city is in the highlands, stuck between Volcán Agua and Volcán Fuego. The colourful façades reminds me of Italy…  but for the Mayas!

Jesus Parade

Detail of the Facade of the Church

Facades and Blue Sky

Old Buildings

Antigua´s Most Famous Church

Colourful Facades

Volcan Agua

The Plaza

Inside the Church

Gallo Beer Truck and Tuk Tuk

Old Walls (and Hospital!)

Chicken Bus

Main Plaza

Volcan Agua

Antigua Street

Old Church




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  1. Man I cracked up at that bus de pollo. I’ll make a mental note of that bus regular. And I should say, I like this idea of you vacationing before me: it gives me previews of what to see! Finally, I like your macro shots; the contrast between focused and unfocused scenes in one shot is amazing!

  2. Love watching the photos you add to the blog! Can’t wait for more! 😀 I’m just wondering if you two will also visit Machu Picchu and Easter Island on this trip? 😀

    • That would be REALLY far! We are in Central America, not South America. We went to Macchu Picchu in 2001, never made it to Easter Island because it is very remote. We are staying in the Maya region, so Belize, Guate etc.

  3. oh my my my… the place is soooooooooo bonita!!! my kind of place – volcanoes, colonial architecture, and colourful walls and houses. 😀

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