Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | October 20, 2008

Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala magnify

A main street in Antigua, Guatemala with a volcano in the back ground.

From my book…”On the road at 9 AM. I was in low gear for several miles, first going up and then going down the mountain to what is called the most beautiful colonial city in Central America, Antigua, with a population of 43,000. It is famous for the very old and bumpy cobblestone streets. It is set in a valley at about 4,900 feet and surrounded by four volcanoes, one over 10,000 feet and the other three at over 12,000 feet. It is a most spectacular and delightful setting! It was originally founded in 1543 and was the capital city until it was devastated by an earthquake in 1733. Upon arrival, Bud and I parked our rigs in a temporary location. We all got in Bob’s motorhome and set off to find a parking place, which took over an hour. We could not go to the central plaza because they have set up concrete barriers wide enough only for autos. Anything wider like a truck, bus, or motorhome cannot fit through. We finally found a nice smaller plaza where we are parked. After a siesta, we set off to explore the city. With its narrow streets and multi-colored buildings, it is very appealing. We did some shopping, had a happy hour, and meal at a local bar. Unlike other places where we have been the only tourists, this is very much a tourist city, with many tourists from Europe, who were not at all friendly. When you say hello to them, they do not even acknowledge your presence. Consequently, the local Guatemalans are not very friendly, which is very disappointing, in comparison with some of the places we have been. The afternoon high temperature was 87 degrees in the shade. We expect to spend four nights here.”

All material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2008
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