On our third day in Guatemala, we decided to take a day trip to Antigua, the historical colonial city that was once the capital of Guatemala until earthquakes destroyed it in the late 1700s. It’s rebuilt now, and extremely charming with colorful buildings and cobblestone streets. Henry was our driver once again, and started our day early by getting us a private tour at a jade museum and factory. We walked around and learned about all the different kinds of jade found in Guatemala and how valuable it truly is.
Afterwards, we headed to Doña Luisa’s, a quaint little bakery were you could have coffee and a delicious pastry for around $1. Food is very cheap here, which is one of the many things we love about Guatemala. We spent our day walking around the cobblestone streets, checking out a convent that was converted into a museum with artwork and a stunning garden, and stopping at little shops to see what cute things they had. Antigua is a lovely town, and it really was a nice change from the volcano before.
I’ll write about our adventures in the Mayan highlands as we go, and try to take as many pictures as I can. We miss you all and always wish you could be here with us.