Last days of the trip – Antigua, Guatemala

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

One day is simply not enough to do Antigua Guatemala. If you ever get the chance, plan on a few days. There is so much more I wish I could have explored.

One day is simply not enough to do Antigua Guatemala. If you ever get the chance, plan on a few days. There is so much more I want explore.

YESSSSS!

YESSSSS!

Just outside my hotel room door

Just outside my hotel room door

BIG Seat to Fill

I bought a wee bottle to complete my evening

I bought a wee bottle to complete my evening

Can you say UH DOR ABLE!!

Can you say UH DOR ABLE!!

He Gave Me Chills!

SANGRIAAAaaaaa!!!

SANGRIAAAaaaaa!!!

Beautiful Views from Every Corner Breakfast Spot On Last Day Best Was the Roof Top So Many Great Places to Sit Antiques Even... Seriously Gorgeous

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

My Room

Love the Colours

Volcán de Fuego gave a little show on our last day and burped. I was very excited to see that for the first time!

Volcán de Fuego gave a little show on our last day and burped. I was very excited to see that for the first time!

While watching the Volcano Fuego, release some steam, beside I watched the colours change behind the mountains. Stunning, shadows appeared.

While watching the Volcano Fuego, release some steam, beside I watched the colours change behind the mountains. Stunning, shadows appeared.

Beautiful

I felt like I was in the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" movie

I felt like I was in the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” movie

Bodies are buried below the church

Bird of Paradise Mayan Calendar Symbols in Jade Jade Shop Creative Entrances Stairs to the Crematorium under the church

I was amazed by the perfect circles in the ceiling

I was amazed by the perfect circles in the ceiling

Hmmmmm

I was curious about the adult head on the baby's body

I was curious about the adult head on the baby’s body. I thought he looked a lot like Stephen Colbert.

Catedral de San José

I love this fountain

I love this fountain

Central Park

A sad morning

A sad morning, when we left NPH.

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One comment on “Last days of the trip – Antigua, Guatemala

  1. Kati says:

    Great shots Dawne! I especially love the stove top with kettles, all the chair pix (I have a thing about chairs), and all of your moody street shots! What a great trip! Thanks for sharing.

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