About two weeks into our honeymoon in 2010, Pepper and I rolled into Antigua, Guatemala. We were largely connecting Mayan historical sites but the lure of cooler weather of the mountains drew us to Antigua as soon as we arrived in Guatemala. We checked into a nice hotel thinking we’d spend two nights and then move on. We spent four nights there — we loved the city that much.
It turns out that the whole city has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are historic buildings everywhere. A number of earthquakes has damaged many of them so some lie in ruins or have portions that are ruined. There is ample tourism, but much of the city retains the charm of an undiscovered Central American gem.