Antigua Guatemala

No trip to Guatemala would be complete without a trip to Antigua, and if you are like many travelers, you will find yourself spending more time here than you thought. It is hard to resist the colonial charm: cobblestone streets, well preserved churches, ruins, and vibrant culture. You can spend a week in Antigua, and not see all of the amazing museums, monasteries, ruins, and surrounding natural areas.

One of the biggest draws to Antigua is its high density of Spanish schools. Some find Antigua a great place to stay, learn Spanish during the day, and enjoy the vibrant culture and nightlife. Others find the high concentration of tourists a distraction, and end up working more on their English than anything else. It depends on what you are looking for, if you enjoy meeting people from all over the world, Antigua is great. If you are looking for a more authentic immersion, go to a smaller village and live with a local family.

Many travelers choose to use Antigua as a home base, a launching point for seeing the rest of the country. This is a great option for many of the sites of southwestern Guatemala. Tour guides are abundant, and will take you anywhere you want to go. Do a little research, and find a reputable guide, and you can do some amazing day trips from Antigua.

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