The last day in Antigua

This morning we were actually able to see one of the three volcanoes that surrounds Antigua. We will have to come back here in the dry season to see the other two.

Elizabeth Bell owns and operates a local Antiguan tour company. Her father worked for Sunset magazine and they lived in Palo Alto California. She moved to Antigua with her family in 1976 when she was 14. She has lived here ever since, is now a Guatemalan citizen and is a local scholar of Antigua history. She leads walking tours of Antigua and we and four other people went on her tour this morning. It was fantastic! She talked about the government, city politics and mostly the history of Antigua and it’s buildings and how they have been preserved and restored.

We visited the city hall, the cathedral, the jade museum and the Santa Domingo museum. She told us all about the restoration and how Antigua has changed over the past 40 years. It was fascinating.

After the tour we explode the Santa Domingo museum some more. It is partly a hotel now and the cathedral ruin is an outdoor church that is used for weddings.

We also went to the chocolate museum and some of the Mayan jade stores where we did some shopping 🙂

We did some shopping at a traditional candy store too.

For dinner we went back to the Casa Escobar Steak House where we ate the first night. Again the steak was tender and tasty, the service was perfect, the wine was good and this time we topped off our meal with Cream Brûlée and coffee. Perfection!

I loved Antigua and could definitely come back again.

The last day in Antigua

The last day in Antigua

The last day in Antigua

The last day in Antigua

Antigua

Currently we are in Antigua. It is the farthest place south and the farthest place east on our trip.

Yesterday we took a tour of a coffee farm. We watched ladies grafting robust variety roots to arabica seedlings, We watched them being planted, We picked a ripe red bean, and we learned all about how the coffee is processed. Afterwards we were given a cup of espresso to taste and we bought a pound of the five star coffee to take home. The picture of us on the patio is where they sun dry the coffee. We were the only ones on the tour. It was beautiful and fascinating.

The coffee farm is very close to town. They also offer early morning bird walks which I think would be fun. After the tour they dropped us off near the central square.

We booked a van ride for Saturday back to San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico where we left our car. We had thought we might break the trip into two days but decided to do it on one big push. They pick us up at 5:30 am and say it will take 12 hours!

Yesterday afternoon we visited the ruins and museum of Las Capuchinas. It was started in 1736 by nuns from Madrid and badly damaged by an earthquake in 1773 and then abandoned.

We ate dinner last night overlooking a lovely garden courtyard. Afterwards on the dance floor they had masked costumed men doing a dance to marimba music.

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua