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La Antigua Guatemala was the colonial Spanish capital of Central America. It is a World Heritage site, and is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in Guatemala.

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The whole city is full of historic buildings, monuments, fountains and ruins. This city was founded by the Spanish in the XVII Century, and it follows the traditional design of a Main Plaza surrounded by Government and Catholic Church buildings. It's worthwhile to visit La Catedral, el Palacio de los Gobernadores, Convento de Capuchinas, Convento de Santa Clara, el Arco de Santa Catarina, Iglesia La Merced and the Handcrafts Market.

Entrance fees for the Ruinas are steep, except for the Ruinas y Museo de San Francisco, which is a bargain at 5 Quetzals; the Ruinas de Santa Clara, Ruinas de San Jeronimo, Ruinas La Recollecion and the Museo Capuchino charge Q40 for foreigners (locals Q2). The Museo Hotel Casa Santo Domingo charges Q40, although here you may see just the ruins for free.

The Parque Central is a park in the center of town. The park is a city block in size, with concentric circular walkways threading among trees and a fountain in the center. The trees are decorated with lights, and there are plenty of benches for sitting and people-watching. The city hall and police office, the cathedral, and several banks and tourist businesses line the four sides of the park. Many Antiguans hang out in the park, and it has a pleasant, bustling, friendly feel during the day (at night, slightly less so... use your judgment).

A large cross is prominent on a hill to the north of the city (Cerro de la Cruz). It is a pleasant, moderately strenuous 30-min walk to the cross from the Parque Central. On a clear day there is a fine vista over most of Antigua and the Volcán de Agua rising high to the south. Note: there were persistent reports of robberies on this trail in the past, but now is really safe and the Tourist Police lead a free walk up to the park at 10AM and 3PM daily. Check-in with the Tourist Police office, on the north side of City Hall at the north east corner of Parque Central (Central Park).

The Experimental Station Valhalla is a nursery of macadamia trees with an interesting environmental and economic agenda. Valhalla has donated over 250,000 macadamia trees to indigenous communities in Guatemala. Macadamia nuts are a cash crop, with the potential to provide a better livelihood for Guatemalan peasants than does coffee. The farmer can use the trimmed branches of the trees for firewood. Additionally, macadamia trees take carbon dioxide out of the air and form it into wood, nuts and shells. The shells can be used for street paving. And Valhalla have found a way to provide the trees as genetically diverse complete plants, instead of as grafts. This allows natural selection to adapt the trees to changing environmental conditions. The station turns macadamia nuts into snacks, chocolates, a fine skin cream, a pure oil, and a flour that can be made into pancakes. Pancake breakfasts are served all day, every day until 3:30PM. The breakfast includes 3 pancakes made of macadamia flour, served with macadamia butter, homemade blueberry marmalade and a drink of your choice. No reservation required.

Experimental station Valhalla is a few kilometers out of Antigua in the direction of San Miguel Dueñas. Chicken busses run every 30 min on this route, and the fare is around Q3.50 one way. The station offers tours in Spanish, English, and sometimes other languages as well. At the end of a tour they offer samples of their various macadamia products. +502 7888-6308, fax +502 7831-5799, web [1], email [2]. M-Sa 8AM-4:30PM.

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Antigua Guatemala Colonial Art Museum

La Merced Church

Volcan de Pacaya

Volcan de Agua

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About Antigua Guatemala

Background

Now commonly referred to as just Antigua (or La Antigua), the city was one of the grand colonial capitals of the Spanish Empire in America from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Under the name Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, it was the original "Guatemala City". A disastrous major earthquake in 1773 destroyed or damaged most of the city, and the Spanish Crown ordered the Capital moved to a new city, what became the modern Guatemala City. In 1776 this old city was ordered abandoned. Not everyone left, but from bustling capital it became a provincial town, filled with the ruins of former glory. It became known as "Antigua Guatemala", meaning "Old Guatemala".

In the 20th century there was increasing appreciation for the large amount of preserved colonial Spanish architecture here, development to host visitors, and the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

The city's streets are mostly laid out in a rectangular grid aligned with the compass, with the Parque Central as an origin point. North-south roads are avenidas or avenues, numbered from 1st to 8th from east to west. The avenidas are further divided into sur (south) and norte (north). East-west roads are calles or streets, numbered from 1st to 9th from north to south. The calles are further divided into oriente (east) and poniente (west). The street intersection at the north-east corner of the Palace of the Captains-General, i.e. at the south-east corner of Parque Central, is the origin of this division. Avenidas are sur south of 5a Calle, and norte north of it. Calles are oriente east of 4a avenida, and poniente west of it.

Some roads have names that don't follow the avenida/calle numbering scheme, and some roads away from the center don't follow the grid. Most corners do not have signs showing the name of either the street you are on or the one you just came up to. All are cobblestoned and sidewalks are generally not very good.

Addresses are numbered sequentially outwards from the origin point. Even-numbered addresses are on one side of the street and odd numbers are on the other. Street addresses are written with the street or avenue number first, followed by the letter "a" (because 1a signifies "primera", 2a is short for "segunda", 3a for "tercera", etc.); then "av." (for avenida) or "Cle" (for calle), then "ote" (oriente, east), "pte" (poniente, west), "sur" (south), or "nte" (norte, north); then the street address number. For instance:

  • "5a av. nte #5" is address #5 on 5th Avenue North. The small number shows it is just a little north of the north-south divider, 5a calle.
  • "3a calle ote #28" is address #28 on 3rd Street East. The relatively large number shows it is some ways east of the east-west divider, 4a Avenida.

It's helpful to memorise that the north and south sides of Parque Central are 4a and 5a calles, and the west and east sides are 5a and 4a avenidas respectively. Parque Central is the reference point for east, west, north and south in street addresses. "5a av. nte #5" is north of Parque Central. "5a ave. sur #5" is south of Parque Central. Essentially, if you understand which way is north of Parque Central, you can find anything in the city.

Inguat Tourist Office, 2a Calle Oriente #11 (between Avenidas 3a and 2a),  7832-3782, e-mail: info-antigua@inguat.gob.gt. M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa Su 9AM-5PM.

Activities

Hill of the Cross (Cerro de la Cruz) is the hill is located on the north end of the city. You can walk to the base of the hill from anywhere in Antigua within 10 to 20 minutes. Regularly scheduled police escort to the top of the hill is done frequently. The schedule can be obtained from any tourist police found everywhere in the city and near the central park. They will tell you to walk to the police station in the south west end of town about 1 block north and one block west of St. Lucia catholic church. This simply will allow you to sign in the log book and hike an extra 20 minutes to the hill. If you prefer, wait at the bottom of the hill about 20 minutes after the scheduled tour, and you can tag along with the main police escorted tour, and saving yourself a 20 minute walk. Robberies have taken place on the walk up the hill. The walk last less than 10 minutes, but is tough if you are out of shape and can not keep up. Explain this to the police and tip him a little, and he will slow down for you. They too have a time constraints and want to let you have a full 20 minutes on top of the hill. Robberies have occurred on this hill without police escort, and resulted in the death of one tourist who refused to give up his valuable (locals says "dont be afraid just be safe") . Poor people live up on the hill side, and do not agree to let anyone take you up the steps, unless they are uniformed police.

Artisan Workshops Spend an afternoon with a local artistan specializing in Jade, metal works, or textiles. Enjoy a unique cultural experience and come home with a hand made gift! Check out As Green as It Gets for more information [3]

El Mercado or the Market is located about 3 blocks directly west of the northwest corner of the town center. Walking through it is a cultural experience. The market is opened every day including Sunday, but is largest on Saturday, Monday, and Thursday. It is big, like a maze, and you will likely lose your way. It is dark in the covered areas, and brighter on the outside sections. The cheapest food, commodities, fresh meat, and gifts are found here. There are so many sections to the market, that one need to spend nearly a full day to see it all. Toward the south, is a modern, clean and well stocked gift, art and local artisan shop arranged around a central fountain. To the west is the bus station, where you can take buses to all local towns, and Guatemala. To the east is the boulevard where well stocked supermarkets and restaurants are located. To the north, there are open soccer fields and the used clothing second hand items are sold. In the center of the market are dark alleys going through meat markets, "mini" restaurant rows, flower shops, and numerous fruit stands. A large outside area by the bus stop is an open air fruit market - where beautiful papaya, large mangoes, ripe pineapples, and all sorts of exotic tropical fruits are sold. Of course, the usual banana, apples, grapes of outstanding freshness and qualities are also found. Occasionally, livestock such as chicken and small mammals are sold also. It is a gathering place for all Antiguans, and where most families buy their groceries. You are guaranteed to get lost each time you enter the main area of the market. Straight in and straight out is the preferred method of navigation unless you had a compass and a map. The market has grown tremendously to the dismay of the locals who talked of the clean and bright well organized and smaller more beautiful market they grew up with.

Coffee Farm Tour Learn how to pick, process and roast your own coffee! Spend a day with a coffee farmer, on the base of Vulcan Agua, and learn how a day in the life of a small independent coffee farmer looks like. Tour will take you up the volcano to pick coffee from their fields. They will then take you to their homes to demonstrate how to separate the coffee fruit by density, husk the fruit, ferment and wash the beans, dry, remove the inner hull, sort by size and grade, roast, and - of course - taste! $25 bucks is a pretty good deal for the day, and includes 1 pound of coffee as well as English translation and guide services). Check out this link for more details: [4]

Chocolate Making Class Learn how to make chocolate from the cocoa beans. A unique experience where you learn everything about the history of chocolate, the cacao plantations and the idustry of chocolate making. At the end of the class you will make your own chocolate bar at your taste and will be able to bring it back home with you. For more info visit ChocoMuseo's website

Food

Antigua has cafes and restaurants for all tastes and budgets. The town is the most touristy place in Guatemala so you will find anything you are looking for including internationally-recognized fast food shops. Be careful with where you eat. Facilities lacking in bathroom or bathroom cleanliness suggest a higher probability of food poisoning. Avoid cold salad, fresh vegetables, and undercooked meat. Street ice cream carts are common through the city and popular with the locals, but of are unknown safety for sensitive stomachs.

Budget

  • The Bagel Barn, 5a Calle Poniente #2, centrally located (10 m off Central Park), travelers come here to get their fix of bagels, excellent coffee and wifi internet for those traveling with their own laptops. Bagel sandwiches include different breakfast and lunch selections using quality ingredients such as fresh mozzarella cheese, real cheddar, etc. Its a home away from home, a very cozy environment, movies showing in the afternoon and evenings.
  • Helados Marco Polo 5a Ave Nte, just up from the northwest corner of Parque Central on the west side, opposite Helados Sarita. Offers ice cream dishes in a more polished atmosphere.
  • Tacos Cancun On 2a Ave between 5a and 6a calles. Good tacos with soup and a drink for only 15Q (March 2012). There is also a hostel here. It says 40Q per night for a dorm and 60Q per night for semi-private. Friendly staff.
  • Helados Sarita ("despues 1948"), 5a Ave Nte, just up from the northwest corner of Parque Central on the east side. This seems sort of like the Baskin-Robbins of Guatemala. Several dozen flavours of ice cream in three different choices of cones, sundaes and other more elaborate concoctions.
  • Pan Colonial, 7th Av, Norte, Number 13d. Traditional Guatemalian bakery, good selection of breakfast breads, one of the best (and least costly) in Antigua.

Mid-range

  • Cafe Mediterraneo, 6 Calle Poniente 6A,  +502 7832-7180. Dinners starting at 6PM or so on. W-M. Pasta, pasta, pasta, delicious.
  • Luna De Miel Crepes 6 Avenida Norte N19A - Phone : +502 7882 4559 - Hours : 8h30 - 22h, from Monday to Sunday. Opened its doors in July 2006 and Antigua succumbed to the charms of the crepes ‘a la francaise’. In the beginning the restaurant is tiny; the menu offers not a lot to choose, but already all the products are fresh, selected the morning itself on the market.

The tourists that come by, stay for the warm atmosphere, write a postcard (available at place with an international postcard system) or make use of our WiFi network. The Luna is a real melting pot for everybody; the local youth of Antigua before going into the nightlife, the travelers passing by, along with the local Guatemalan families. Nowhere else you will find in Guatemala this atmosphere of French conviviality and ‘joie de vivre’.

When the evening comes, it is often with a Pastis (the typical alcoholic beverage of the south of France), or a good glass of wine that the expats, locals and tourists come together to relax, extend their trip, or simply recreate their world…... By RB

  • Cinema Café Bistro 5a Ave Sur #14, two blocks south of the southwest corner of Parque Central on the west side. Offers food and a full schedule of movies from mid-afternoon to late evening. Stop by for the current week's schedule.
  • Dabbawala Tandoori +502 7832-9976. A new curry delivery service in Antigua. Samosas, onion bhajis, chicken madras, vindaloo, naan -- the works. One of the English owners, Felix or Mick, will bring your order round on a motorbike. Most small hotels are happy for you to have food delivered if you ask. Remember to ask the guys for plastic plates and forks if you need them!
  • El Mirador, 1 Avenida Norte #9B inside El Caminante Hostel (3 blocks east of parque central),  +502 7832-6146. 5-10pm Tu-Sun. 360 Rooftop view of Antigua, burgers, kebabs, drink specials.
  • El Mix, 4 avenida sur local 4a (half block from central park),  +502 7832-8934, e-mail: elmix@mail.com. Music, patio, vegetarian dishes, happy hour, Israeli food.
  • Mono Loco, located just off Parque Central on 5a ave. sur, is a funky tourist friendly joint with cheap international calling and a few computers for internet use. The food is very "gringo-esque" but tasty nonetheless. There's a large bar on the ground level, as well as a covered open air second floor eating area. Good place to meet and greet or enjoy a burger.
  • El Pelícano Dorado +502 7832-7242. At the South end of Calzada Santa Lucia, where it leaves for Ciudad Vieja, Nos. 7&7A. Authentic Food from Livingston: fresh fish and seafood, tapado, caldo de mariscos, ceviches, rice and beans, giffity, etc. Also traditional Garífuna punta music played live on the weekends.
  • Rainbow Restaurant and Bookshop +502 7832-1919. 7a. Ave Sur #6 at 6a Calle, one block south and two full blocks west of the southwest corner of Parque Central. offers tourist-friendly and wholesome breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. An early-bird breakfast special of tomatoes, beans, eggs, rice, and tea or coffee is easy on the wallet. Sandwiches and dinner entrees are inexpensive too, and salads and big desserts are also on offer. Use purified water for all drinks, ice and preparation. They have a rich schedule of live music, poetry readings, and interesting lectures about Guatemala.
  • Sangre 5 Av Norte #33, Fancy place, great food, fine atmosphere. Moderate prices. Large selection of wine per glass.
  • Y tu Piña, también. 6a Calle Oriente and Primera Avenida Sur. Breakfast and lunch. Licuados. Benito's flavored rums. Luisa's famous hangover soups. Proper espressos. Manu Chao daily. Gratis Wi-Fi. Detox at Y tu Piña. Retox across the street at Café No Sé.

Splurge

  • Bistrot Cinq, 4a calle oriente #7. A French bistro featuring great food, very authentic cuisine found no where else in Antigua. American (USA) not Guatemalan owned and operated. Features an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs work, and a great bar. Offers many specials and unique local foods hard to find elsewhere.
  • Bourbon Caffe Delicious food. Cool casual atmosphere, only plays jazz music, and has live band on weekends.
  • Estudio35 5a avenida norte. Nice place, fine atmosphere, excellent pizza and tasty crepes and large variety of drinks and cocktails, Free WI-FI.
  • La Fonda de la Calle Real +502 7832-0507. Three locations: 3a Calle Pte 7, 5a Ave Nte 5, 5a Ave Nte 5 (the last two just north of the northwest corner of the Parque Central). Generous helpings of Guatemalan specialties, with reasonable prices and a touch of corporate efficiency in their operations. The "De Todo Un Poco" ("a bit of everything") platter combines steak, chicken, and sausage for Q91. The vegetarian "Pepian Vegetariano" offers green beans and other vegetables in a unusual smoky-flavored sauce. The green salad is fresh and overflows the large plate. The 5a Ave Nte 5 location features a rustic three-story wood-frame building just off the Parque Central with pleasant second-story open balconies. Uses purified water for all drinks, ice, and preparation.
  • Nokiate, 1a avenida sur #7. Antigua's only real sushi bar where you can watch the sushi chef prepare the fresh rolls, sashimi and sushi, also has a great selection of Latin-Japanese cooking. The ambiance is very warm and inviting. Great bar scene also.
  • La Peña de Sol Latino is a bar and restaurant featuring live music by Guatemalan and Central American bands (featuring Paco). The music, the "feel", and the food make this a really special place. Make sure to try their brownies; they are absolutely amazing. Their grouper macadamia dish is also highly recommended, and their other desserts are fantastic. They use only purified water and disinfect all produce, so go ahead and enjoy one of their creative salads. Open for lunch and dinner and located at 5 Calle Poniente (just along from El Sitio and opposite La Bodegona supermarket).
  • Restaurante Doña Luisa Xicotencatl, 4a Calle Ote 12, has the feel of a well-run corporate restaurant set in a gorgeous leafy courtyard of a historic building. Menu includes well-executed breakfast, hamburgers, and Guatemalan interpretations of Tex-Mex food. They use purified water on their vegetables and for drinking and ice, which means their menu is in-bounds for tender First World stomachs. There is a bakery in the building, which means that when you get close you can follow the delicious smells the rest of the way in. Highly recommended, especially for the cookies and daily selection of delightful breakfast breads.
  • Sabor Cubano 4a Calle Oriente 3A, a half-block east of the north side of the Parque Central. This restaurant has a slightly up-market feel. It has live Cuban music on Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
  • Travel Menu6a Calle Pte #14, one block south and partial block west of the southwest corner of Parque Central, on the north side of the street. Promises "small place, big portions", and delivers. It seats perhaps 20 people at about eight tables, in small, dim room painted to look like an underground European keller, lit only by candles on stands overflowing with waterfalls of wax drippings. They offer dinner entrees for low prices, with vegetarian options for everything. The portions are indeed generous. Beer and wine are also available, but not desserts. Topping it all off is the friendly proprietor, Jesper Nilsen of Denmark. Attracts a traveller crowd.
  • Kloster 3a Calle Oriente No. 28. Right next to Casa Santo Domingo, good fondue, the beef is tasty, the shrimp, shrimpy. Bread is local, savory, and fresh. Ok Wine selection, though I was there later in the day and just had some Gallo beer. The desert fondue is a good touch, the chocolate is great quality. Service was excellent including descriptions of the meals (in Spanish). The seating in the back is visible only if the garage door is open so get a table back there for a pleasant night.
  • Café Mediterranéo This is a gourmet Italian restaurant located one block from the Parque Central. No menus—the waiter will simply tell you the specials, which change every day. A meal for two with wine can cost Q250, but it is widely considered to be one of if not the best place for Italian food in Antigua.

Drinks

A word must be made. Guatemala, like all Latin American countries, have chlorinated filtered water at the point of distribution. However, once it gets to the tap, it is no longer safe. Many businesses and home have plastic water tank on the roof top. Water is allowed to fill the tank during the low consumption period of the day, usually at night, and the tank maintain the pressure at the faucet during the day, when water pressure in the public supply is low or non-existent. This is the cause of water borne intestinal diseases like e-coli, salmonella, or cysticoccosis. As the water pressure in the potable water drop below surrounding pressure surrounding the pipe, ground water with raw sewage flow into cracks in the potable water system. It has been documented that up to 20% of travelers with chronic diarrhea or gastrointestinal issue carry intestinal parasites, even for years after returning. Over 80% of returning peace corp volunteers have intestinal parasites. Laboratories in the US and England often miss these very small parasites on one sample, and repeated sample must be submitted. Only fail proof way to avoid waterborne illness is to drink bottled or filtered water.

  • Café No Sé. Primera Avenida Sur. A bohemian beacon frequented by raconteurs. Live music, bad attitudes, bad art, and colorful personalities. Serving Cuban fajitas and a handsome selection of tequilas and illegal mezcals. Perros: Pulque, Anoche, Alfombra and Feo.
  • Cafe Sky 1a Av Sur 15. One of the best places in Antigua to take in the view of Volcan de Agua and the sunset.
  • Fernando's Kaffee. 7 Avenida Nte 43D Some of the best coffee in Antigua, plus great breakfasts, next door to the Posada La Merced Hotel. Fernando, the owner, is very friendly and may show you his operation: the coffee roaster, grinder, etc. Pleasant courtyard seating is found when walking through the first two room and around the kitchen. The breakfasts are awesome: pancakes and crepes and fresh fruit. It is a great place to wile away the time drinking wonderful coffee and relaxing.
  • Mono Loco (Funky Monkey). 1/2 block down on 5 Ave from the Central Park. Local and international beers. Nachos buffalo wings. Pop/rock music. Big screen TV to watch sporting events.
  • Reilly's Irish Tavern. 5a ave. nte. #31. Antigua's only Irish pub. Serves Guinness and Jagermeister, amongst other things. Every Sunday at 6 PM they hold a pub quiz.
  • Y tu Piña, también. 6a Calle Oriente and Primera Avenida Sur. Breakfast and Lunch. Licuados. Benito's flavored rums. Luisa's famous hangover soups. Proper espressos. Manu Chao daily. Gratis Wi-Fi. Detox at Y tu Piña.
  • El Muro Pub, 3 street oriente 19 D (Antigua Guatemala),  +502 7832-8849. Classic rock serving real drinks, Asian and Veg food amongst local cuisine. Specials for volunteers and credit cards accepted. M-Sa 5:30PM-1AM.
  • Wiener. Austrian restaurant that serves the best Schnitzel this side of Vienna. One amazing treat for those of you from Austria! They also serve great local food and have friendly capable staff.
  • Casa Escobar, 6ª avenida norte, Antigua, Guatemala. Entire restaurant lit with candles… Beautiful interior blending in with the style of Antigua. Do not let relatively high prices and not very appetizing pictures in the menu fool you. Steaks brought to the table will look way more appetizing and after the first bite you will know that you will not leave a single bite on the plate no matter how big of the cut you have ordered. If you like steak you are hungry you are in Antigua and can spare 20 USD – Casa Escobar is awesome place to go.
  • El Chaman, 7a Ave. Norte #2 (next to the ruins of San Agustin). 5 till. Unique view of the ruins of San Agustin, local specialty drinks, habanos cigars, live music, & good vibes! The most cultural experience in Antigua.

Shopping

When you change money at the bank, you will need your passport. Banks are open 7 days a week, and open until 7PM-8PM. Most of the time, a passport is not needed for changing dollars into quetzales. However, you are likely required to have a passport if you want to redeem traveler's checks. ATMs are also available. In 2011, some ATMs were compromised and both locals and tourists had their accounts emptied. News reports cited BAC bank branch ATMs along Parque Central, but it might have been a larger issue. ATMs inside luxury hotels such as Hotel Convento Santa Catalina were thought to be safe. The US government travel advisory [9] also advises against the use of ATMs in all of Guatemala and particularly in Antigua.

  • Hand-carved wooden masks and figures are popular in Guatemala, and easily found in many of the shops and stalls in La Antigua Guatemala. These make unique and wonderful gifts to bring home to friends and family, or just something unusual to remember your trip by.
  • The mercado The "mercado" is located about 3 blocks directly west of the northwest corner of the town center. The market is opened every day, but is largest on Saturday, Monday, and Thursday. It is big, like a maze, and you will likely lose your way and never encounter your friends again. It is dark in the covered areas, and brighter on the outside sections. The cheapest food, commodities, fresh meat, and gifts are found here.
  • Cheap clothing, shoes, and leather goods Found at the mercado. New pants can be acquired for as little as Q8 or less. Check for quality and comfort before you purchase shoes. Small hard to find sizes are easily encountered due to the small size of the population.
  • Inexpensive tropical fruits also found in the "mercado". Vine ripen fruits, papayas, plums, mangoes, cherries, strawberries, melons and other delicious unusual tropical fruits are available in abundance with seasons varying. The red curly haired "lychas" have a pleasant sweet taste like the lychees found in cans in the U.S. Fruits are safe food to eat if washed. One might stay away from strawberries, unless you can assure of a good soak in bleach to wash away any "fertilizer" or contaminated irrigation water.
  • Indigenous hand woven cloth and hand made stone and jade jewelry are found sold by the local indigenous women in their brightly colored clothing. The stories are all the same, "my mom made it by hand," which is likely true. You usually can bargain down by 25% or more, especially if you walk away.
  • Chocolate and cacao can be found in different places around town, each one with its own characteristics: ChocoMuseo is the cacao and chocolate museum (free entrance) where chocolate is made in front of you in their artisanal chocolate factory. Chocolate may also be found at Chocolalala, Fernando's Koffee and Chocolarti.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Antigua Guatemala on Wikivoyage.

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