Colonial Culture of Antigua

My husband was born in Guatemala and every time we get to visit this amazing country we discover something new. Antigua’s cobblestone streets and old colonial buildings always make me feel as if I am walking into a little piece of Europe in Central America!

Water Feature in Antigua Guatemala
Street Store in Antigua Guatemala
Old Carmen Church in Antigua Guatemala

On our latest trip my husband and I decided to visit in mid November and stay for a few days in Antigua, which was once the capital of Guatemala. For our three-night stay we wanted to experience staying in a B&B with a real colonial touch, close to town and with the commodities of home. November is considered low season, so prices were very reasonable. We found the perfect place at Casa Madeleine and loved it!

Canopy Bed at Casa Madeleine Hotel
Outdoor Seating in Antigua Guatemala
View from Casa Madeleine Hotel

We wanted to stroll the streets, eat local food and just hang around enjoying the views, so we began by walking up El Cerro de Santa Ines where we caught a grand view of the Volcan de Agua. It was exciting to see this amazing volcano from any point of the city! Staying close to town allowed us to casually explore the area. When it got too late we would simply hop on a Tuc Tuc (similar to a rickshaw) and it would take us to the front door of our bed and breakfast. We wandered through town, visiting old churches, cute stores and, of course, taking a coffee tour from Finca Filadelfia plantation. Guatemala is a big supplier of coffee beans, so learning how these beans are grown, harvested, and roasted was a real treat for us. Guatemala is a hidden gem with rich culture and friendly people and is definitely worth a visit!

Overlooking Finca Filadelfia in Guatemala
Coffee Huller at Finca Filadelfia Coffee Plantation
Coffee Beans at Finca Filadelfia Coffee Plantation
Woman Picking Beans at Finca Filadelfia Coffee Plantation
La Merced Church in Antigua Guatemala


Casa Madeleine
Calle del Espiritu Santo # 69
Antigua, Guatemala, C.A. 03001
(502) 7832 9348

Helpful Hints

The best way to travel to nearby towns is by shuttle, which was kindly arranged for us by the B&B!


Coffee tour at Finca Filadelfia

Rosa Guerra has a passion for photography, and is in love with travel, her husband, and her faith. These three inspire her every day!



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