Saturday, December 19, 2009

Home sweet Antigua.


Home base for pretty much the entire trip will be the town of Antigua. By pretty much all accounts, Antigua is a small but very charming town, chock full of colonial Spanish architecture and cobblestone streets. The town is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and its residents take pride in preserving the colonial look and feel of the town. I read somewhere that there are barely a handful of buildings that are more than 1 storey in height. Whatever the building height, I'mjust hoping I don't see either a McDonald's or a Starbuck's there - that would just crush my expectations!The town is into a valley that is surrounded by three volcanoes that dominate the horizon.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chichicastanango.

Chichicastanango. I love the name. It just rolls off the tongue. Commonly referred to just as Chichi, this mountain Guatemalan town is known for for its traditional K'iche' culture.  The K'iche' are the largest indigenous Mayan culture.