Antigua, Guatemala is a small city in the southern area of Guatemala. First established in around the 15th century it is surrounded by beautiful volcanoes and mountains, the city in its entirety is listed as an UNESCO site. Antigua, Guatemala sits in a earthquake prone area and in 1773 an earthquake occurred that almost completely destroyed the city. The primary pieces of architecture that are now preserved are ruins, with every corner you turn there is a beautiful ruin, whether it be a church, houses or government buildings. The city is awash with colours and cobbled stones make up the roads. The city is like something that cannot be explained in words. Hopefully this photo diary does it justice.
The oranges in Antigua, Guatemala rather than being orange like the name would suggest are green and yellow instead. The seller explained they are sweeter and have less flesh compared to there orange counterparts, making them perfect for freshly squeezed organe juice.
You can get limitless hibiscus juice and tortillas with chicken, salad and condiments at for £2.50.
Behind the gringo tourist market there is the fruit market, awash with every kind of fruit you’d like, with the back drop of volcanoes.
With all the history of the city, a slice of calm modernity
Volcanoes and mountains are the backdrop to every cobbled street you walk on Antigua, Guatemala.
You’ll see many woman draped in the traditional brightly coloured Guatemalan fabrics walking the streets.
The most surreal of the lot, behind the gringo tourist area, winding your way through the fruit market you come to this. A second hand clothes market where clothes start at 10p. While I didn’t buy anything I saw so many brands I recognised, how did a Forever 21 bikini still with tags make its way to a UNESCO city in southern Guatemala?
Want to know more on Guatemala?
Check out my guide to Learning Spanish in Guatemala.
Alternatively all the reasons you should choose a Homestay in Guatemala.