Photo Essay: Colorful Antigua, Guatemala

Main plaza in Antigua Guatemala

The general consensus for Antigua is that you love it or you hate it.

Let’s just say that after roaming the city for a while eyeballing the insanely high prices and signs in English, we were happy to have spent our Spanish school experience in Xela.

And while there were more cons than pros (hey, I’m being honest here – for us, at least), the city was alive and vibrant. Even without golden hour the light seemed to be so perfect everywhere we roamed. The market was full of life and colors and I couldn’t help myself but get lost in pictures.

And now on to the colors!

Mercado - Antigua, Guatemala

Watermelon in Market, Antigua

Chicken buses in Antigua, Guatemala

Colorful blankets in Guatemala

16 Responses to “Photo Essay: Colorful Antigua, Guatemala”

  1. Emily in Chile August 17, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I’d like to go back – I was there when I was 13, and by the end of our trip I was a little bored. I think I’d have a different opinion now, especially since I now speak Spanish. Even at that age though I could recognize how beautiful it was, and I still love the watercolor of the church I have framed in my bedroom in the US.

    • Erica August 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

      @Emily: I’m sure you would love it now. Speaking Spanish is definitely a plus – I know I’m much more interested when I have someone to talk to who lives there. I just couldn’t believe the colors!

  2. Ayngelina August 22, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I wasn’t a fan of Antigua either, I just climbed Pacaya and got the hell out of there.

    • Erica August 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

      @Ayngelina: At least we’re one of many who were not a fan.

  3. Stephanie - The Travel Chica August 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    I usually do not like touristy cities, but I found a wonderful hostel as my home base and just enjoyed walking around taking photos… for 10 days!

    I went to the market every day for fresh fruits and veggies and avoided the expensive restaurants by cooking my own meals which I enjoyed on the rooftop terrace of my hostel.

    I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I definitely learned to give a place a chance before writing it off.

    Great photos!

    • Erica August 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      @Stephanie: I really did like the market. It would have taken several days just to see everything! Were you in The Yellow House?

  4. Camels & Chocolate August 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I was also NOT a fan of Antigua, but you can’t deny it is a pretty city. I just thought it was way too Americanized for trying to go to Central America for an “immersion” experience.

    • Erica August 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      @C&C: I was so turned off by the lack of immersion, which is why I’m so incredibly happy we chose Xela. Beautiful but totally not my place.

  5. dtravelsround August 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Cool buses!! :)

    • Erica August 24, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      @D: I never tire of how awesome chicken buses are.

  6. Raymond @ Man On The Lam August 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    I did like Antigua, just not all the backpackers… :)

    • Erica August 24, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      @Raymond: I didn’t mind the backpackers – it was all the retired expats!

  7. Margo August 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    humm.. finally a place I can skip! But I do like the pics of those buses 😉

  8. Lindsay aka @_thetraveller_ August 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Ah yeah pretty good you spent your time in a cheaper city while learning Spanish. Did you know it was gonna be cheaper?

    Still so jealous of you guys.

    • Erica August 31, 2011 at 12:21 am #

      @Lindsay: We did know it was going to be cheaper which is one of the big reasons we chose to live there. We had talked to several people prior about what cities they had suggested for schools/living/nightlife/etc.

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