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Walking around Antigua – Part II

May 16, 2017

Antigua is a never ending place to discover beautiful sceneries and secret places to amaze the eye. In our visit, we went to Convento Las Capuchinas (check out the post here) and also visited La Merced church (post here), explored an artisan market and enjoyed delicious restaurants around the city. We stayed at the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, an amazing place right in the entrance of Antigua and known to be the largest hotel in Antigua. It used to be a monastery, and within the first steps inside this amazing hotel you can totally transport yourself back in time as most of the architecture and inside layout has been preserved to delight as a standing museum. Well, it actually has museums inside the hotel, unfortunately we weren’t able to visit them but they are open with free access to the guests and visitors pay a fee.
I have to say the staff service was amazing and the amenities were really impressive, I’d definitively recommend it to anyone who’s looking to have a unique experience while staying in Antigua.

After several days in Antigua, I can say every little place has its own enchanting beauty, every hotel and restaurant (well, almost all of them!) have their own patio, fresh hallways, full of natural light and outstanding service. Just to mention a few, La Posada de Don Rodrigo, El Convento Boutique Hotel, Palacio de Doña Beatriz, Hotel Cirilo, and tons of options out there. If you prefer to book through Airbnb and traveling with kids I would recommend to first make sure if they accept children since most of the Airbnb options have restrictions if booking with kiddos (happened to us while looking for some Airbnb options in Antigua and Lake Atitlán).

Our last day in Antigua was a Sunday (which can get really crowded) so we took the day with a slower pace. We walked around the Central Park area looking for a particular local candy shop as we need to go for some sweets. It was actually a mission, my mother-in-law told us not to miss this spot in Antigua, and to please buy her some treats before coming back. Great thing that we were asked to go there because it turned out to be a hidden gem, one of the oldest candy shops in town: Dulces Doña Maria Gordillo,  It was definitely a place we would’ve missed if not having it on the radar. As soon as we entered the store we were fascinated by the place and the variety of homemade sweets, traditional Guatemalan sweets in all the colors, shapes and flavors you can think of. And the decoration was just perfect with owls, jars and colorful vintage plates all around the shop. Based on what the staff told us, this candy shop was established a little over 140 years ago, so they definitely must be doing something right!

Before sunset we visited the San Francisco Church, an amazing church surrounded by ruins from the 17th and 19th centuries. The architecture, sculptures, textures and ruins were just impressive. I think the light of the sunset made the place look extra special that day. Love this pic, BTW.

Olivia trying to escape from my arms as we try to cross the street. This picture was a must for the final day of our Antigua series, let say it resembles the entire trip, LOL!

Just before wrapping it up, I wanted to leave you with a tip/reference for transportation matters. My brother-in-law travels often to Guatemala for work, so he gave us the reference of someone that could pick us at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) upon our arrival and then take us directly to Antigua Guatemala, her name is Patricia de León Leiva – email address: patdel33@hotmail.com, phone number in Guatemala: (502) 5208-9286. She runs a private transportation company, completely trusty and the kindest person you can think of. She then helped us coordinate and schedule all the transportation details from Antigua Guatemala to Panajachel, Lake Atitlán. Which made the trip experience absolutely enjoyable.

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