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Antigua, Guatemala

Written by Raenelle on Saturday, January 3, 2004

We entered Guatemala in the morning and met a friendly man, George, at the border. George has lived in California for over 20 years, but is originally El Salvadoran. We crossed the border together, since we were both Antigua streetimporting our vehicles into Guatemala and had to go through the same paperwork process at the border. We then headed to a nearby restaurant for breakfast before going our separate ways – George heading straight for California within three days, and we headed to Antigua – a beautiful little town at a relatively high elevation nestled amongst three volcanoes. We have set aside a few days to explore the western Guatemala highlands since we only explored the eastern part of the country on our last visit here. Since we arrived at Antigua fairly early in the day, we secured a hotel room ($6 US), and vehicle parking for the night and then spent the rest of the afternoon and evening roaming the cobblestone streets and browsing woven items for sale by the many woman and children on the streets. It’s possible to buy all manner of woven items – headbands, tablecloths, wall hangings, placemats, shirts, skirts, you name it! In the evening, we went to a small cafe/movie theatre and watched a film on Guatemalan history. Although there are lots of tourists at Antigua, it is a wonderful place to visit and we would have been happy spending more time there.

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