Guatemala Is like no other. It is inspiring, romantic, adventurous and amazingly colorful. We have both had the privilege of visiting this beautiful country on separate trips and definitely a place we keep close to our hearts. Easily a big inspiration for the birth of Dos Ombré and our love of home wares, we hope to revisit together in the future.
Antigua is a 45 min pictures’ drive through lush green mountains from Guatemala City. It is a colonial city in the central highlands of Guatemala, heritage listed and its beauty is incomparable. Antigua is a colonial city with colorful buildings, Spanish baroque architecture and surrounded by three large volcanoes, which dominate the dreamy horizon. Wake up every morning to crisp high altitude fresh air and local Mayan woman carrying bundles of exotic flowers and fruits on their heads through the streets each morning. An abundance of vibrant colours and handmade goods are everywhere.
Try to speak Española. Eat chocolate from one of the local chocolate mares. For coffee lovers, enjoy the amazing Guatemalan coffee beans. Take so many photos; it is seriously hard to get a bad photo. Meet the locals and smile with the street kids, they are beautiful people. Sneak peek into the many botanical courtyard gardens around. Walk the beautifully cobbled streets.
Take a stroll through central park, and visit the Cathedral of San Jose lit up in all its beauty at night. Get lost in the cobblestone back streets and secret lanes that lead you to the most incredible ruins and ancient cathedrals. There is so much to find in this beautiful city. Go on a local chicken bus. Gaze at the former El Carmen Church, it is incredible! Stroll up to the hill to the Cerro De La Cruz where you’ll have the most incredible view of the city below and dominant volcano De Agua behind the cross monument. Wonder the rooftops of the old colorful buildings, here you’ll have an amazing birds eye view of this accent city and the volcano De Agua.
Walk to 5th Ave North, one of the most popular streets in Antigua lined with cafe’s, shopping and restaurants and the most distinguishable landmark in the city, the yellow Santa Catalina Arch. Iconic and picturesque with Volcano De Ague as the backdrop.
Pacaya Volcano is alive and active. This by far, has to be one of the most outrageous, incredible and bizarre experiences to date in our travel dairy. Have you ever toasted marshmallows on flowing lava from a live volcano? Pacaya Volcano has two hikes per day, Sunrise and Sunset delivering out of this world landscape and the closets we’ve ever felt to landing on Mars. Handing hint: buy the sticks!
If you are brave enough, the street food is where it’s at, the best homemade tortillas known to man kind. The exotic flavors and so cheap, you’ll find vendors lining the street all over Antigua, particularly near the parks and churches. If you’d prefer something more civilize, you can eat at one of the many restaurants in Antigua, with the romantic outside courtyards and terrace dining, some even peering into ancients ruins of nearby cathedrals.
Antigua street Market filled with Mayan trinkets, treasures and colorful textiles, both lining the streets outdoor, plus Mercado de Artesanias in the west end of town. If you have more time, head to Lake Atitlan for peaceful pleasures and ultimate yoga retreats, plus Chichicastenango where you’ll find the world’s larges handicrafts flea market, held every Thursday and Sunday.
Black Cat – BLACK-CAT-GUATEMALA | Includes complimentary organic breakfast and chilled friendly vibes.
Cirilo Boutique Hotel – hotelcirilo.com | Absolutely divine, you will never want to leave
After many amazing adventures around the world, we have come to conclusion that the most special and truly magical secret spots are THE hardest to get to! Semuc Champey is no exception, taking an 8 hours chicken Bus (local bus) from Antigua through bumpy roads, it is no doubt worth the roadtrip. Semuc Champey roughly translate to ‘ where does the water hide’ true to name being buried in the Jungle of Alta Verapaz of northern Guatemala, close to Mexico. Calcified limestone with interconnecting waterfalls, make these lagoon-like jade pools a pretty special swimming hole and would happily transport there again in a heartbeat! Tree house accommodation and local guides to limestone caves and viewpoint hike looking over the spectacular valley of the pools below.
Put GUATEMALA on your bucket list must!
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