Following are selected pictures from our stay in Antigua, Guatemala. You can read about some of our experiences by clicking on the “Antigua” category in the left column.
Volcanoes, Blue Sky, Cobblestone Streets, Markets, Ruins - That's Antigua, Guatemala in one picture!
The front of the cathedral in a functioning church and the back is a ruin.
The arches of the roof line of the rear of the cathedral are accented by the blue sky.
Many of the details inside the ruins of the cathedral have survived.
The view of the rooftops shows stucco, tile, flowers, greenery, and mountains.
One of the many relaxing courtyards was this garden in the Antigua McDonalds. It had many nooks for relaxing, reading, and studying.
The ruins of the convent of La Merced is said to contain the largest fountain in Hispanic America.
The Fuego (Fire) Volcano is the only active volcano in the area. You could frequently hear it rumble and see it give off a poof of steam.
This ruin near our house was very popular for weddings and parties.
The windows were typically full of plants with the occasional dog or person sitting in them.
One woman is trying to sell necklaces while the other waits in the wings. After they left, the fourteen year old girl sitting next to me tried to sell necklaces. They all work together to get change and merchandise.
This was our favorite ruin in the city.
A guard unlocked the door so we could see the interior of the church ruins.
All the tombs in the cemetery were white in keeping with tradition and as required by UNESCO.
This is the scene when the armored truck delivered money to the restaurant where we had our Spanish lessons. All three have rifles on their shoulder and looked like they were on a military maneuver.
Yes, I did like the ruins!
We heard there had been an art theft during our stay where the canvas was cut from the frames in one of the churches. It was clearly this church that had only two paintings left.
We took a chicken bus to visit the Mayan town of San Antonio.
The Guatemalan women carried their babies in these versatile sacks either in front or in back.
The main street in town ran from our house, by the park and under the arch, to La Merced church.
One of the most picturesque churches in town.
The first time we visited the El Tenedor restaurant on the hill, they were hosting a Rotary convention. There were models posed along the walkway in typical clothes.
The ruins of the convent at the Santo Domingo Hotel was a popular site for fancy weddings.
We encountered this group dancing in the street one Sunday afternoon.
Would you want Susan walking through your coffee beans???
This facility has basins and water for doing your laundry.
We hiked up to the Cross on the Hill for this view of Antigua.
The national instrument of Guatemala is the Marimba.
Some danced. Some relaxed. But everyone enjoyed this concert by the park on a Sunday afternoon.