Antigua

Trip Start May 31, 2007
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Monday, August 6, 2007

We arrive in the glorious city of Antigua.

Superbly sited in a sweeping highland valley between the cones of Agua, Acatenango and Fuego volcanoes is one of Central America's most enchanting colonial cities: ANTIGUA

Antigua has an incredible number of ruined and restored colonial buildings, and although these constitute only a fraction of the city's original splendour, they do give an idea of its former extravagance

Among the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Americas, Antigua is a Unesco World Heritage Site of cobbled streets, crumbling ruins and classic colonial architecture. Guatemala's capital under the Spanish from 1543 to 1776, an earthquake in 1773 forced it to be partly abandoned.

Surrounded by three magnificent volcanoes, Antigua's sturdy colonial buildings have weathered 16 earthquakes and numerous floods and fires. The city is at its most vibrant during Semana Santa (Easter Week), when the streets are carpeted with elaborate decorations, colored sawdust and flower petals.

The first few days are spent walking around the cobbled streets and going to a few bars aswell as a few salsa clubs which are great fun.

On the third day we decide to climb one of the 3 volcanoes surrounding La Antigua, Pacaya.

This is still an active volcano and we start the climb at 3pm up through thick forest until we reach the summit of this mountain and from here you have a great view of the Volcano.
We then walk across hardened lava to 'molton hot magma' (austin powers).

We cook marshmellows on the lava and just marvel at the sight and the heat. I wish i had brought some  meat in tinfoil so i could cook it on the lava. that would be something.

The way down the volcano is fun. We run down poweded lava for 10 - 15 minutes with many people falling over as it is very steep.

All is all it was a great day except for the descent down through the forest in the dark minus a torch. That bit took ages.

That brings me up to date a bit on my travels more or less.

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Well, I am here now in La Antigua for the last two and a half months working in, surprise surprise 'Reillys Irish Tavern' ( the only irish bar in Guatemala. For now)

I was living with a family for a month and now i am house sitting for a friend in a beautiful house.

I think i will stay here until just after Xmas as i have made some great friends and i will try and learn some more spanish but it is difficult as there are so many tourists here.

I will prob continue my blog on Facebook but im not so sure as it is hard to keep it up to date and this has taken my for ever to catch up from Merida in Mexico.

Well I hope you enjoyed it but it is really more for my friends to show what i am up to rather than a good travel blog with tips and uesful information on travel.

rafters......

aidan
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