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“A great tour guide”
Review of Antigua

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family in Chicago
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2 reviews
“A great tour guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2012

We just returned from our seven day trip to Guatemala and it was fantastic! Several years ago we visited Tikal from Belize, and this time we flew into Guatemala City and went straight to Antigua for two days, Panajachel for 2 days, Chichicastenango for a day and then back to Antigua for a volcano hike. It was a great time, and we could not have done the trip without our guide Martha Hettich. She is knowledgable about all things Maya, but particularly Mayan textiles and artifacts. It was great having Martha guide us through the historical and cultural sights in Antigua, the small towns around Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango. Martha also gave us great recommendations for places to eat and to shop and all with a great sense of humor!

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 helpful votes
“Great place to start your Guatemalan adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2011

This city is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Guatemala City. It has pretty pastel coloured buildings and cobbled steets. It is a heritage site so it won't be spoilt by modern high rise structures. There are a plethora of old churches, museums etc to visit. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants to visit, catering for all tastes and pockets. Try and be there for the Easter period, the celebrations are unbelievable and well worth the effort. Everyone was very friendly and they are trying hard to ensure tourists enjoy themselves, we certainly did. Bear in mind this is a third world country so you will see women washing their laundry in public baths and don't haggle too much! We stayed in one of the state owned hotels which was a delight, very clean, with friendly staff and good food. Again there are places to stay for every pocket. We had no trouble changing money in one of many banks in the city. We did not use public transport so can offer no help there. It is however buses only, there is no rail system in the country. Antigua is a great starting point to visit the Highlands, you won't be disappointed.

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Texas
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266 reviews
185 helpful votes
“Antigua interesting day trip.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2011

The town has some early Spanish history dating from the 1520's. They have several large Catholic cathedrals. Some were damaged by earthquakes. The town has quaint old buildings and cobble streets. One day should be enough time to explore the place.

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Detroit, Michigan
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12 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Charming city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

Antigua is a charming city ,45 minutes away from Guatemala City airport.Cabble stone streets,less or more unchanged buildings from colonial times.Stuning views over surrounding volcanos.Short distance to main attractions and international airport is a great bonus for town.You can make Antigua a base for your trips.
On any corner you can find travel agences and small stores
Great and cheap restaurants and hotels make Antigua reachable for tourists.Nice and helpfull people around.In one ,small town you got everything what you need.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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245 reviews
164 helpful votes
“Lovely town, and interesting drive to get there”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2010

On a recent cruise, we took a day trip to Antigua. It is a beautiful old town with many interesting building and lots of architectural features. It is well worth spending a day there, with lots to see. Many of the churches are very pretty and well preserved. The drive there was also very scenic, going through hills and past volcanoes - we were lucky enough to see a volcano erupt with a plume of ash and smoke as we went by! Antigua is overlooked by a volcano which looks spectacular in the postcards but was covered in cloud during our visit (in the rainy season). Also had the best cup of coffee I have ever had - converted us to drinking Guatemalan coffee!

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