where to stay:
Yellow House Hostel: This stay is sure to be your favorite in all of Latin America! Chill out and relax in one of the hammocks on the rooftop or make new friends with other backpackers at this quaint hostel. Guests all comment on how extremely clean this place is, which can be a nice change from constantly being on the road while backpacking. A delicious, huge breakfast (price included in your room fee) will fill you up til dinner and give you the energy need to explore Antigua. Also a travel agency within the hostel, so book excursions or bus tickets won’t be a problem at all! Dorm rooms start at $10 USD/night and private rooms with shared bath at $30 USD/night. Email reservations only. http://guatetravel.com/
El Convento Boutique Hotel: Experience the colonial history of Antigua with the “old world” feel of this luxury boutique hotel. Relax and enjoy all the amenities of home after a long day of walking around on the cobblestone streets of the city. The excellent, friendly staff at El Convento is there to help you with any and every need. Choose from a variety of unique, colonial suites with private jacuzzis, gardens, and gorgeous spiraling staircases. Prices for a room begin at $120 USD/night. http://www.elconventoantigua.com/default-en.html
where to eat:
El Fogon de la Abuela: A recently opened, family-owned restaurant serving up delicious Guatemalan comida. Fresh food with organic veggies and free range meat will nourish your body after a long day of traveling. A small, quaint space will make you feel like a part of the family as you enjoy delicious food. We recommend trying the anafre, a dish with chorizo, refried beans, mozzarella, and chips- YUM! Dishes range from $3-10 USD.
Shtilero: Antigua’s first food truck! A sandwich truck serving up delicious meatball subs from an old VW van started by a French expat. A little different from the traditional street food in Antigua, this shop is constantly on the move throughout the city. You can find the truck on 3a avenida sura and 7a calle poniente Mon-Fri.
who to tour with:
Antigua Tours by Elizabeth Bell: Customized tours within and outside of Antigua by a U.S.-born, Guatemalan-raised woman with a mission to educate and increase tourism in the city of Antigua. Walk into the Antigua Tours offices to book a private trip up the Pacaya volcano, a walking tour through the city, or simply a hotel that suits your needs. Elizabeth offers a lot historical, yet contemporary information on the city that will give you an entirely new look at Antigua. Book ahead here at http://antiguatours.net/