10 Things to Know Before Visiting Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is one of the most visited places in Central America and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re here to sightsee, hike up volcanoes or improve your Spanish, you’re going to have a good time – but there are a few things you should be aware of before you arrive. Here’s our essential guide: The locals are obsessed with fireworks Fireworks and firecrackers are big business in Central America, but nowhere more so than in Antigua. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the locals are somewhat obsessed with bombas, and find any excuse to set them off. Hearing shockingly loud bangs and cracks is part and parcel of walking through Antigua, and […]

Ixquic Spanish School: Antigua

Nice description from our friends http://www.mujeresmayasenarte.org/links.html  This small school, at www.ixquic.edu.gt, features highly experienced teachers and a lovely courtyard setting not far from the Parque Central.  Most of the teachers are women who worked for years at bigger schools, but then found that they needed to set up their own, independent project in order to receive fair treatment. They arrange very enjoyable outings and homestays for women, men, and families.  They can also help you find local volunteer opportunities–a wonderful way to help impoverished children, improve your Spanish, and learn more about the culture of Guatemala. Women helping women through education is a key part of their mission.