29/01/2005 24 °C
... After an hour of jumping and shaking on the curve roads, the bus finally arrived Antigua. Covered with smooth cloud of dust, making stops each 200m, the bus passed several extremelly narror streets and finally stopped on the "terminal" behind the Mercado Municipal of Antigua.
Imagine you numerous chicken buses parked around dusted square. Right there, on the ground, running market. Between buses and sellers other people pulling their luggage and their kids (women often keep huge baskets on their heads); around it streets without names and no one speaks English. … Wow…for a while we felt lost. After 2 days of journey, with terrible jetlag, heavy backpacks and empty stomachs - we only pried for two things: to put our backpacks down and to pee as soon as possible.
Antigua is a very well preserved Colonial City in Guatemala. The City is surrounded by three volcanos nearby, one of them in activity. The city is filled with cobblestones, gorgeous colonial buildings and with its beautiful Mayan people.
We booked online hospedaje (hostel) "Jungle Party". 2x room with shared facilities cost us 14$ USA/ night/room. This price included lovely breakfast! The room was very basic and didnt have a window, but wall was colored in blue and decorated with buquet of dry roses. The place was pretty clean, friendly and cozy and, the most important, in shower was REAL HOT WATER (electricity boiler)! They run a small bar as well.
Oscar - bearded smiling guy that worked in hospedaje, guided us about places to eat and about internet connection.
...doors into rooms. it's small hospedaje, about 6 double-rooms.
Patio, place for rest, for breakfast and for meeting other travellers.
hammocks in the patio
EL PAPATURRO restaurant
Ahh, this one was good!!!
Decked with authentic wooden furniture in colonial old-Spanish style, El Papaturro was looking so cute and welcoming that we immediately fault in love with.
The space has some terraces or levels, and through the door u can see sweet private patio with small fountain in the center and white puppy playing near.
The restaurant serves Guatemalan and Salvadorian food of excellent quality. It’s a little bit expensive related to Guatemalan street-food, but price is really symbolic if you compare to Europe, US or other Western place. The owner and the waiter – Eduardo, didn’t speak much English, but he was a very nice person. We successed to understand each other in the best manner.
I have to report you this meal!
Smooth black-beans soup with circle of fat white cheese in the middle,
Then came rolls filled with chicken, vegetables and cheese – all composed with any remarkable souse,
Continued with absolutely amazing grill meat & sausages served with rise, avocado and beans + some garlic bread at the side.
Beer and fresh-made (by Eduardo – right against our table) lemonade .. oh, folks, I swear, lemonade alone worse a visit to Guatemala!
The last accords came with petite espresso with such wonderful aroma & taste that only Eduardo from Antigua knows to prepare!Guatemala is a world-known for it’s coffee and coffee is really good!
The food was just delicious and place and service was great!
For those, who like to know prices - All this lunch for 2, incl fat tip cost us Q160 – about 25$ (2005)
Internet cafes on every corner in Antigua. Prices are reasonable and similar in all places: Q5-10/hr (all prices relevant for 2005)