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March 16, 2017

Antigua ii

Part i here.

We continued our ruins crawl to La Recolección convent, a bit further out of the way but definitely worth it.

They've basically just left all the rubble which you're allowed to clamber all over.

There's something poetic about how the archway and stairs still stand (not sure if it was restored this way).

Another closed ruin I can't seem to find the name of.

The next day, we had arranged for a day tour to Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango, a market town in the highlands.

Lake Atitlan is famed for its beauty.

Chichicastenango is a Mayan town, and its markets are famous as the largest markets in Latin America. They're on every Thursday and Sunday.

There were souvenirs, produce and meats.

There are two Mayan churches there - no photos allowed inside but really interesting to have seen.

The colourful cemetery, which we didn't have time to go closer to.

It was a long day - a better way to have done it would be to stay over at one of the towns around Lake Atitlan. The bus drive took us through some incredible mountain scenery though, and I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life through the window.

We had almost all day to explore the following day before taking a late flight out, so we went hunting for more ruins.

This is Santa Clara convent.

The cloud cover had lifted, so we got to see the peak of Volcan Agua.

San Fransisco church.

Which also had ruins at the back!

Back into town for another glimpse of the arch.

A visit to the Chocomuseum.

For educational purposes. Obviously.

We had our lunch at Los Tres Tiempos, which had modern Guatemalan food (although the Guatemalanness of my hot dog is questionable).

And that was Antigua - one of the favourite places I've visited. I would definitely consider going back and seeing more of Guatemala, from our quick glimpse it seems like a beautiful country.

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