I was planning finishing our blog by the end of 2013. It is now end of January 2014 and I left you guys stuck in Guatemala.. Not really nice, but I can say there is worst place to be stuck than in Antigua…
After our 48hrs travel from Nicaragua to Guatemala City, we went straight to Antigua City, the old Antigua.
A bit of history here..
Antigua City used to be the third capital of Guatemala as each of the previous one were deemed unsuitable due to earthquake and volcano around.
But in 1717 an earthquake destroyed a large part of the city whitout counting that in 1773 another earthquake end up destroying most of the city. For the third time, a fourth location had to be found and the capital became what is known now Guatemala City. Antigua lost it crown.
We got in Antigua on Saturday 13th of July and start exploring the city on Sunday morning. The center is crowded, a lot of tourist but locals too who came down to spend the weekend.
A lot of wakling is required to go through most of the ruins and attractions that this city has to offer.
The paved road and colourful facades welcome you (except when you are sitting in a car..).
A few pictures below illustrating the main touristic attractions..
Antigua City is surrounded by three volcanos:
– the Volcano del Agua (Volcano of Water) which is responsible for burying half of the second Guatemala Capital (before they move it to Antigua City)
– The Volcano Acatenango on the West side and,
– The Volcano del Fugeo (Volcano of Fire) which is still active (last eruption from September 2012)
Picture of the city emblem:
When you come to Guatemala, climbing a volcano is a must do, especially when you are in Antigua.
We went on the Monday climbing the Pacaya Volcano which is still active… The last major eruption was in May 2010, and it causes ashes rain in Guatemala City…
At the time we went there, it was still very active, as the vocalno erupted in January 2013.
I was expecting to be able to go up to the top, but due to the level of activity you stay a few hundred meters below the summit… So we didn’t see the lava..
A few pictures below…
Once back to Antigua, it is time to review our plan for the last month of our travel in Central Mexico as we will be hitting Mexico quite soon.
A break at the local coffee (for Jacques) / Hot Chocolate (for Caroline) is required…
Before we leave Antigua, we went up to El Cerro de la Cruz (under the rain) to get the best viewpoint (we have been told) on Antigua City.
Talk to you soon from our next Guatemala destination.