Disappearing into the abstract countryside of Guatemala we came across a city called Antigua. It’s fairly far into the country and surrounded by 3 volcanos, one if which is still active. However this made Antigua bloody cold!
The feel of the city was very colonial, bright and beautiful.
We arrived at 7am from the overnight bus and killed some time by wondering around the beautiful city and going to the local market.
The variety of the fruit and vegetables are unbelievable and everything seems 10 times the size of our fruit at home!
We walked through the bus station. In Guatemala they use old American school buses as public buses. Drivers “pimp” their buses so they are all different. Most are covered in bright graffiti, with names on the front, and LED lights everywhere. They are so loud and have funny musical horns.
Pretty much fell in love with the city as soon as we arrived. Found ourselves looking to do some activities for the next few days. Antigua has a lot to offer in the way of tours and sightseeing. So we booked to go on a 3 hour trek to volcano pacaya. Talking to several people we were told you would trek to the top and roast marsh-mellows.
Now, I will let you into a small secret that absolutely nothing runs on time in Guatemala…
The tour was booked for 1pm, after sitting in 25 degrees with 7 layers on and walking boots for an hour and a half we discovered the bus had forgotten to pick us up.
So, change of costume and off we went to hire some bikes to explore the town in greater detail.
The chap we rented bikes off gave us a very vague map and told us that the route was 30km all the way around the city.
We asked a few of the locals and they said to keep heading straight. After about an hour we found ourselves in Guatemalan shanty town.
All the corner shops would serve through metal bars and we got stared at an awful lot. Hence there not being any pictures of this area!
Luckily after a mild panic attack and bumping into the very few friendly locals we found ourself back on the highway to the safer end of town!
After the shock, a brew was in order.