Antigua Guatemala is famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins.
With sad goodbyes and many tears & hugs, we left NPH right after breakfast on Thursday July 26th. We boarded the bus to Antigua for one day and night. We began the day from Central Park in the heart of Antigua. It’s a beautiful setting with fountains and greenery, gorgeous flowers and more Mayans selling their wares. The streets are cobblestoned and lined with colourful stores full of everything your heart could desire and amazing restaurants. I devoured the best cappuccino I have ever had! We met our trusty tour guide Manuel, who took us on a 3 hour tour. We visited Saint Joseph Cathedral. The church was originally built in 1541 but eventually demolished by earthquakes in 1669. It was rebuilt and became one of the largest churches in Central America. In 1773, another huge earthquake, once again damaged the church. Today, much of it is restored and is still being rebuilt. We toured the ruins as well, and I think I spent the whole time with my mouth gaped open in awe and I shot my brains out (with my camera).
Our hotel was another piece of paradise just a walk from the Central Park and main court. I felt as though I was in Tuscany. Two floors of art, architecture and incredible rooms. A spiral staircase lead up to the roof top… THE ROOF TOP!!! Best spot ever! We had a view of the entire city, clearly seeing the mountains and volcanoes beyond the roof tops. I could have spent days and days there. I want to go back and bring my family! I want to redo the entire trip with my family! I have fallen in love with the people, with helping and with the culture and architecture. For around $400.00, you can go to Antigua and take Spanish lessons for 2 weeks and this includes room & board…
Then volunteer for some time at NPH, then explore more of Guatemala…now THAT’S a plan!
– Endless learning & beauty