- Currency: Guatemalan quetzal (USD is widely accepted, but you will get change back in local currency, and often at a bad exchange rate)
- Driving through Guatemala City and seeing the slums, grills on every window, and security guards with machine guns outside almost every shop (even dingy-looking car repair shops)
- Antigua is a beautiful old town located near Pacaya volcano (which you can hike) with cobbled streets, old churches, and a real connection to traditional culture
- Antigua was my favourite place
- Live music is so easy to find in Antigua
- Antigua is located in the mountains, so the climate is a nice cool and not so humid change
- Celebrating Daytona’s birthday with a drinks, a lovely dinner, and a piñata!
- Antigua markets – a must see!
- It’s massive, so expect to get lost
- There are two markets side-by-side:
- Local market – fish, vegetables, meat, electronics, phone covers, cheap local phones, sunglasses, sewing needs, toys, clothes, souvenirs, basically everything you might need for a cheap price. On one side of the market is the bus bay, where you can go check out all the pimp-my-ride chicken buses, and a lot of local food stalls
- Tourist market – the prices are for tourists, and they mostly sell traditional-style ponchos, backpacks, bracelets, etc.
- If you’re looking for food, take a walk along 4 Calle – it’s like Antigua’s version of NYC’s Restaurant Row – otherwise just wander around and you can find little gems everywhere