If when you are on vacation you are the type of person who likes to go for a walk and wander the alleys the Anigua Guatemala this information is for you.
Things to do in Antigua Guatemala
Getting lost in the city market
Or try not to get lost, which can be even more fun. Markets are always good places to feel the pulse of a city and this is one of the most peculiar we have visited.
Tuc Tuc in the market of Antigua Guatemala
In the labyrinth of crowded stalls they sell everything, rent phones and sing sales with their own versions of “me lo quitan de las manos” (they take it out of my hands).
Strolling through the city
Antigua is a city to be explored on foot. The center is easy to visit on foot and the cobblestone roads ensure that cars and tuc-tucs drive very slowly.
La Merced Church in Antigua Guatemala
Although some churches charge a small fee to enter many of the most emblematic places are free: the arch of Santa Catalina, the square in front of the Merced (which is usually very lively), enter the courtyard and climb to the balcony of City Hall with views over the Central Plaza, visit the Social Works, the Tanque de la Union and the church of San Francisco with the tomb of Brother Pedro are some of the zero cost.
If you add to these places the Spanish Cooperation Center, the old College of the Society of Jesus* and the patios of the most luxurious mansions, you have a visit to the city of almost 3 hours without spending a cent.
Two bargains for shopping and eating
On the last day in Antigua and almost by chance we discovered two places that we found to be excellent value for money and that we are happy to share with future visitors to the city.
The first of these is the Nim Po’t warehouse store just past the famous Santa Catalina Arch.
Everything that the street stalls of Antigua and Atitlán offer is sold here at “laughable” prices (of course I am not referring to fine or quality handicrafts, but to that “everything” that you see again and again in every stall and from every vendor).
The other one is a food place where they sell the best chicken cooked following a family recipe of Juan José Gutiérrez Mayorga and his ancestors. You can’t miss it.