The Arco de Santa Catalina is one of the most famous sites for visitors to see in Antigua Guatemala, and is situated on Fifth Avenue North. Built in the 17th century, it was used to connect it to the Santa Catalina convent of cloistered nuns to move from one building to another without going outside. A clock at the top was added afterwards in the Central American Federation in the 1830s.
Camino a Santa Maria de Jesús, es el poblado donde se inicia el ascenso al volcán de agua, desde la cima del volcán puedes tener una vista espectacular de Antigua y de noche se ve precioso.
Santa Maria de Jesus es un poblado vecino de Antigua pasando por San Juan del obispo
1st part of a 1500km trip through Guatemala, to the Yucatan, in 3 weeks, by bike. 100km per day on bike, and a break about every 4 days, to give the body a rest. The first day, We left Guatemala and I cheated a little by doing the first 20km on a bus. There's a lot of heavy traffic on this road, and it is best to really start out of town, the road to the Atlantic. For now it is pretty easy, the city is 1600m above sea level and we're heading for the sea. In general it's not that easy, there are times when your morale is down and it's normally after a 10km climb in tough heat and fast traffic. But there is no other choice, it's the only road. Arriving in El Progreso, the road splits, one going to Coban, which is a big city, and traffic follows. I continue straight, the road becomes flatter, the landscape changes. Mountainous desert I saw mines, we went to the vegetable, palm trees, tropical moisture. The first major stop is Morales, on the Rio Dulce, and we spent one day off at a Backpackers hostel on the edge of the lake.
Heading towards the beach of Monterrico on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, you come across the most diverse landscapes. First, active volcanoes and after turning down the slopes of the volcanoes, we reach more lush, livestock area, where they also cultivate sugar cane. In short, the landscape flattens out completely, and sea sponges are dried naturally and called the "Vineyard of the Sea". After a hectic half hour on a "chicken bus" you come to Chiquimulilla, from which you take a boat to Monterrico. The drive itself is worth the trip, but the beach is the highlight, with its water at 25 degrees all year round. To go by public transport from Antigua take a bus to Escuintla, and then Chiquimulilla, where you change to go to Taxisco. Once in Taxisco other buses go to Monterrico, or you can take a tuc tuc. It costs about 30Q. Travel agents have direct minibuses for 80Q, but the journey is not as picturesque.