Route of the Maya travel blog

Statue at St. Francisco Church - home of one of the first...

Volcan Pacaya

Volcan De Agua above Antigua from Carro de La Cruz

The group at Carro de La Cruz - looking down on Antigua

Spanish era statue at Casa Santo Domingo

Mccaws at Santo Domingo

Rose Petals

Restored Fountain

 

 

 

Mayan traditional weavings

Ancient cript

Candle artwork on walls ond wall

17th century statues

 

"David's favorite picture"

Candle making at Santo Domingo

Reloading van for Guatamala City Airport

Guatamala City Airport

David's home sitting by his girlfriend, Nesly

All of David's family that welcomed us. Proud parents on far right.

Niece, Cathy & David's youngest sister, Rosita (12)


Wednesday was a free day to explore Antigua on our own. Some went shopping, some visited the old Churches, (some in complete ruin, some partly rebuilt, some that looked almost new) and some went to find fun places to eat. A few did all three. Antigua was the capital of most of Central America from 1543 to 1776 at which time the capital was moved to Guatemala City. The reason for the move was that several earthquakes destroyed most of the city. The city lay in ruble for almost 200 years but in the last 50 years has regained some of its’ former glory. It is hard to imagine how big and beautiful some of the seminaries and convents were. It is also hard to realize how developed Antigua was before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

Thursday we traveled to Flores,El Pete’n and the gateway to Tikal, but first one last tour of Antigua. We visited the grandiose hotel - Casa Santo Domingo. It was built incorporating the ruins of a large convent compound. Much of the old convent was saved and all new construction matches the old and ancient. The rooms are top of the line as well as the restaurant and grounds. In addition, it is one immense museum and some of the display rooms are exquisite. We then bused to Guatemala City and took a plane to El Petin and the jungles of Guatemala. After getting settled in our hotel room we had a unique evening when David invited us to come to his parents’ home for a tamale dinner and a chance to meet his extended family. Was this part of the tour or were we just lucky?

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