How to Thrive in Antigua
The small, blue, three-wheeled karts carrying passengers through the city are called “Tuktuks.” They are a quick way to get around town, but watch out for them, as they drive quickly. Don’t pay over fifteen Quetzals for a ride and don’t bother looking for one after 10pm.
The large and often red busses traveling at high speeds through the streets of Antigua are often referred to as “chicken busses.” They typically have men yelling the destination of the bus as they hang out the door.
Coffee is a large part of the culture in Guatemala. For coffee connoisseurs, trying many local coffees and visiting a coffee farm or cooperative could be a great activity!
Antigua is surrounded by three volcanoes. Once you learn which is which, they can be a very helpful reference point when receiving or giving directions.
Antigua has dozens of churches within its limits. As many are very old and beautifully designed, they are good places to visit and sightsee! In addition to being very interesting and beautiful, they are also often used as directional reference points by locals and visitors alike!
It may be helpful to know some of the common greetings you will hear from time to time. “Buenos,” or “Buenas,” are shortened versions of “Buenos días” and “Buenas noches,” The Spanish equivalent of “good morning” and “good afternoon.” “Que vayas bien,” or similar variations means, “I hope everything goes well with you.” Locals say this as a farewell.
In Antigua, there are several different types of police forces. The tourist police are a group specifically in place to ensure the safety of visitors!