The former capital of Guatemala, which lies at the slope of the "Volcan de Agua", and was declared by UNESCO "Monument of the Americas", is now a major tourist attraction. Antigua is located 45km (60 minutes) from Guatemala City, and has outstanding Spanish colonial buildings from the 16th century. highlights are the ruins of "The Convert of La Concepción", "Popenoe House (a restored residence built in 1630)", the Arms Museum, "The University of San Carlos de Borromeo" and the city's numerous churches, such as "San Francisco", "Santa Clara", "Capuchinas" and "La Merced". On the border of the city's central plaza (Plaza de Armas) is the Palace of the Captains General, the former residence of the governor, a striking block-long building offering a sample of Spanish Renaissance architecture at its best.
Antigua is a city of eternal spring. Nevertheless, it sometime, gets cool in the evening so you may have to put on a sweater. Also it is a good idea to bring a light jacket ---especially in December and January.
You can easily walk through the city in less than 30 minutes. It is safer and quieter than Guatemala City; however, you should still guard against theft by not walking alone late at night.
What are the travel requirements?
Admission requirements vary according to the country. In every case, a valid passport is needed. For citizens of Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Great Britain and most of Europe, theses are the only requirement, as they need no visa. United States Citizens need just a tourist card for admission.
For other nationalities, please consult with the Guatemalan Consulate or Embassy nearest you.
Exchange, cashing and remittance
( Cash advance, ATM )
The cash advance by the card of Plus (VISA CARD) or Cirrus (MASTER CARD) is possible at ATM of several places which is in Antigua. Moreover, there is also a place which can carry out a cash advance at the window of a bank.
( Bank )
All the banks of the system are authorized to exchange any foreign currency, but the easiest and most common exchange is from/into U.S. dollars.
At "La Aurora International Airport", some banks exchange Euros, U.S. dollars and Canadian dollars, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. It is not recommended to exchange money at informal booths on the street.
In Antigua there are several banksseveral banks ("Banco Industrial", "Banco Agromercantil", "Banco America Central", "Banco Citibank de Guatemala", etc..). They are opened from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and they are closed on Sunday and on national holidays.
US$1.00 = Q.7.32
( Remittance )
It can remit to the bank in Guatemala via the bank in the United States. It is not necessary to open an account. A receipt is possible only by showing your passport. However, time and a commission are taken. And according to circumstances, you have to receive it at the head office of the bank in Guatemala City.
A cash advance and remittance are altogether drawn out by local currency. Those who want for the cash of the U.S. dollar have to pull out by local currency, then it is necessary to buy the cash of the U.S. dollar. Therefore, exchange loss arises.
Price and shopping
Most students who learn Spanish while living with a local family spend US $500.00 - 600.00 a month including the cost of the school. ( Souvenirs )
Guatemala boasts outstanding buys on handmade textiles, wood carvings, jade and silver jewelry, wood statues and masks. Clothing, wall hangings and other textile souvenirs are woven by hand with designs distinctive of various Indian villages. Guatemalan weavings are renowned for their bright colors and designs. Prices in metropolitan stores are fixed, but bargaining is customary at village markets and handicraft shops.
( Daily Necessities )
You can easily get your daily necessities in Antigua. In the market place all the village people from the vicinity are actively buying and selling their products. In addition, there are all types of stores (super-markets, mini-stores, book stores, laundries, barbershops, and others). Moreover in Guatemala City there are several American-style shopping malls.
How to contact with your country
( International Call )
Though you can call up an international call at the telephone office (TELGUA), there are some places where give you an international call service. There, it is applied at a low price than the telephone office (TELGUA). Collect call can be used only at the telephone office (TELGUA). Moreover, recently, the still cheap service using IP telephone has also started.
( Computer & Internet )
If you bring your computer for using E-mail, you must check the concent and the moduler jack. The voltage is 110V. When occasion demands, you should bring a transformer.
There are many Internet Cafe in Antigua. The charge of using internet is about one dollar by each 30 minutes. Most of travelers use the web base free E-mail service like "Yahoo mail" or "Hotmail" to contact their family and friends.
From January 2003 our school prepare for a few computers and ADSL line for the students. And all of our students can use them with no charge.
There are several sets of PCs now and a student can use for free.
If there is a Wifi and LAN terminal when bringing computers, smart phones or tablets, We will connect with Internet.
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