Our first stop after a 20-hour journey from Salzburg via Munich and New York City to Guatemala City was Antigua Guatemala – about an hour west of the capital. The cobblestoned streets and the colorful houses make the town’s appearance very charming and typically Latin American. In earlier times, Antigua used to be one of the capital cities of the Spanish empire. Meanwhile, it was awarded as UNESCO world cultural heritage – for good reason. The colonial buildings from the perfect background scenery for the volcano Pacaya – just stunning.
Along the streets you feel like being in the middle of a market with lots of Guatemalan people trying to sell literally everything to tourists – handicraft, fruit and, of course, souvenirs. Artists and musicians accentuate the atmosphere with art and make sure you don’t forget where you actually are – Latin America. If you buy fruit, they will be cut right in front of you and wrapped in a little plastic bag – so you can eat while strolling through the alleys.
One of the best things in Latin America is, without any doubt – the delicious and cheap meat, which can be best enjoyed in the form of a juicy steak. We found a nice restaurant (Posada de Don Rodrigo) with a nice rooftop terrace from where we watched the sun go down, while eating our first steak accompanied by an Horchata – a mix of rice and almond milk with sugar and cinnamon – totally refreshing!
Guatemala welcomed us with its typical Latin American atmosphere and very nice and friendly people. That really made us enjoy our stay. A must-do on our bucket list was visiting a coffee plantation and, certainly, hiking a volcano. Click here to get to the next travel report where you can read more about that.