Antigua Guatemala is the former capital city of Guatemala, but it was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1773, in fact many of the churches are still in ruins. The town is completely cobbled, and except for churches all buildings are low level with huge wooden doors and beautiful internal courtyards. It is the playground for Guatemala city (pop14 million) only an hour away, bursting with fancy hotels and fantastic cafes and restaurants!!
I have been anxious about how to move on from here: the mountains are steep and the road are too busy, but what a relief, and so obvious, we have decided to move on without bikes for a week, locking our bikes in a hotel and traveling with day packs. Having said that we cycled up to a village in the mountains this morning, it was steep (+600m), but worth the trip. When we returned I scoffed the rest of the pineapple chunks thinking Charles had eaten his share! He hadn’t: it was so delicious I couldn’t stop eating. So we laughed when I showed him my pineapple photo!!
Guatemalans are innately friendly. The workers restoring an old church chatted playfully, lots of laughter, with the backdrop of Agra volcano. Children are miniature versions of their parents, especially the girls, who wear beautiful embroidered aprons just like mum!!