I am in rapture over Antigua. The terracotta and sky blue buildings interspersed with pale yellows and oranges, the uniquely tiled ceilings and floors, the cobblestone streets with views of volcanoes, and the hip vibe all captured my imagination. It is a small town that is easily navigable with countless old wooden doors that lead deep into courtyards and cafes. We spent hours strolling through the various streets, exploring each open doorway, and snapping countless pictures of each beautiful scene. We ate a delectable tres leches cake at a famous café along the central plaza, stumbled upon a few ruins, and climbed the hill to Cerro de la Cruz, an overlook of the town below.
Guatemala is well known for delicious coffee and chocolates. A cute café nestled near our hotel had both to offer, along with a glorious cat named Misha.
Hibiscus drinks are the traditional Guatemalan drink and are sweet and refreshing.
One night in town, we hit up a “ladies’ night” affair at a local bar. Women not only got in free, but also received two free drink vouchers and a choice between a free massage or a free manicure. Between the freebies and the amazing Spanish music that begged for dancing, we had a great night.
One morning we climbed a volcano called Pacaya. It stands over 8,300 feet tall and has been actively erupting since 1961. We roasted marshmallows over the lava and took in the views before descending back down.