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Amazing Antigua

Everyone should visit this place- it's ace!

Hi everyone, Hope you are all well and enjoying the warmer weather back home...

After our few days in Copan Ruinas we left Honduras and crossed the border into Guatemala. It was a fairly easy day of travel as one shuttle minibus took us the whole way to Antigua, just long and hot as usual! The countryside became more mountainous and dry as we crossed Guatemala and we were glad that we were only passing through Guatemala city as this looked like the most hectic and least attractive city we've seen yet!

Anyway we finally arrived into the lovely Antigua; think cobbled streets, more of the prettily painted colonial houses and many, many, many gorgeous little cafes and restaurants in green courtyards. All overlooked by the obligatory central american volcano!

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We found a lovely little hotel with great views over the city from the roof terrace.

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We spent a very pleasant three days in Antigua seeing the sights and generally taking in the atmosphere of the city. Particularly impressive were the monastery ruins behind the Mercad church, which included an enormous fountain and the best views over the city...

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Seriously everyone should come here at least once, it's such a great place for hanging out, although rather dangerous in terms of spending money due to all the afore-mentioned eateries and loads of crazy souvenir shops and artisan markets. The one below was the most mind boggling we've seen! (Hope you all like wooden Jesus's!)

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Seriously this place has stolen my heart and we were even able to get a good old English cup of tea and a scone!!!!

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We had to leave at some point though and set off for Lake Aitilan in the Highlands (see next entry). Funnily enough though as we write this we are actually back in Antigua as have come back for a couple more days before we head across to the east of the country...More about that later...

Lots and lots of love and missing you all lots, C&R xxx

Posted by russncath 14:22 Archived in Guatemala Tagged backpacking

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Looks cool! You two are looking very Bohemian these days! xxxxxxxx

by worst

Hi you two! Managed to open the blog at long last. My internet is having a nervous breakdown. It all looks very good and we send much sympathy to the brave little soldier with a poorly ear!! I am sure you are taking great care of him Cath. Safe tripping. Missing you very much.xx

by lhaynes

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