Al Final de Antigua

We’re finally out of here. It’s time to figure out how to tie the new bike to the roof and hit the road. Here are just a few final words on a city we really liked.


It’s called Antigua for a reason. Everything is crumbling. There are probably 30 ruined churches in this tiny town.

Everyone here is really really nice.

For some reason, every time I walked into the town square I was openly offered weed by one of the shoe-shine boys. Everyone else seemed to be getting their shoes shined.

The little tiendas don’t have much inside, but are exceptionally well-organized. I’ve never seen anything like it.

We’ve had some of the best and most thoughtfully-prepared food here as anywhere on our trip. The plethora of excellent restaurants here is likely unparalleled elsewhere in Central America.

In two weeks, we stayed in 5 different places. We looked at at least 20 more. If you need a recommendation, just let us know.

Here is where I realized that I’m turning gray (early!) and there’s no more denying it (thanks Mike!) I’d be way more comfortable with it if it weren’t for the impending streak. Regardless, I will continue to act immature.

If you come in the summer, bring an umbrella. And a jacket.

I met Kristin at lunch one day at Y tu pina tambian and I had the keys to her apartment before dinner. It’s not what you think, but I’m going to tell the story that way from now on – and probably embellish it. It’s sort of a cushion for that going-gray thing.

Thanks again Kristin!

Oh, and be sure to drop by the Ocelot and say ‘hello’ to Shaun.

3 thoughts on “Al Final de Antigua

  • July 3, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    my wife and I have been talking about an all-the-way-through-Mexico trip with our son in our van when he is a little older. Likely won’t be able to do all the way through Central America but was trying to pic a “destination” end point. I think you have sold me on Antigua. The pics have been amazing and the descriptions sound so welcoming. We travel with our 2 boston terriers, does Guatemala seem fairly pet freindly? On a related note, is there camping in/near Antigua since we usually stay in the van with the dogs rather than try and get them into hotels?

  • July 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    hey guys was thinking about you this weekend spent the weekend camping at Mt Pilot(titti mt) we had a great fireworks display and launched 5 chinese laterns that flew way way up and away , it was too cool, great weekend later md

  • July 5, 2010 at 7:43 AM


    Antigua is a great place to end up. Add lots of time to whatever schedule you may have, as there are many places to linger and there is no sense in hurrying through Guatemala or Mexico.

    In Antigua, there is camping 20 minutes out of town at “Earth Lodge,” but it’s only tent camping and no parking. They also have tree-houses. You can also sleep in your van at the police station in town, but I wouldn’t call that camping.

    No worries – there are lot’s of budget options. We found an acceptable ‘guesthouse’ for $5 each/night. Not luxury digs, but you get what you pay for. You could also spend $500. Antigua has the full range of options.

    Both Mex and Guat are pet friendly and I think it’s pretty easy (and common) to travel with animals (especially chickens.) You will just need the vet papers to get them back into the U.S.

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