On our quest for more facts and interest for tourists we decided to check out the village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes as the Wikipedia insert suggests this is a town know for its weavers. We started our day trip from the bus terminal in Antigua Guatemala taking the famed chicken bus from the main market in Antigua. Easy 3Q each for a one way ride to San Antonio Aguas Calientes.
The trip took about 30 minutes from Antigua a nice sunny day as the weather is for the most part in Antigua. Upon our arrival to San Antonio Aguas Calientes we headed to the main park at the center of town from which we were told we would find the famed weavers of San Antonio Aguas Calientes.
We both love the real Mayan weaved goods some times we find a lot of knock off’s in Antigua so our expectations were high to see the work of the famed weavers of San Antonio Aguas Calientes.
What we found was an artisan’s building in the center of town packed with Ten foot by Ten foot stalls of some of the best hand woven materials I have seen in all my travels of Guatemala. Each area lets say has their own signature for the color and style of their weaving San Antonio Aguas Calientes yes had their own unique style of hand woven mayan fabrics.
As the photo shows we found the traditional Back Strap Weaving technique that we had been told about in the guide books. A small museum is on the second floor of the market telling the historical tale of the weavers of San Antonio Aguas Calientes.
We had hoped to see more of a series of small shops like we found in Pastores only weaving not making boots as Pastores is famous for. That we did not find in San Antonio Aguas Calientes.
Being the determined adventure types that we are we decided to walk the streets and see if we could find any small weavers in San Antonio Aguas Calientes. No, none to be found. After all the walking we only found two places to eat an very nice family own restaurant in the main square. I wish I had her recipes for my blogging of recipes Antigua guatemala her food smelled incredible.
I was kind of disappointed in the trip however it was another saturday adventure. We decided we wanted to go back to Ciudad Vieja which means old town, this was a town we passed along the way. We hailed a Tuck Tuck and as the video shows we took a wild high speed ride from San Antonio Aguas Calientes to Ciudad Vieja. We found as the next blog will talk about Ciudad Vieja is the chicken bus building capital of this region.
This town is known for its weavers. Mayan women in the area use a backstrap loom to weave traditional patterns. There is a two story market on the square that sells weavings and other crafts. Several of the women have their looms set up and will demonstrate their skills. There are a couple other stores outside of town that also sell weavings. It is about a 30 minute taxi ride from Antigua but one has to retain the taxi for the return trip also since there are usually no taxis in this little town.
Ciudad Vieja (Guatemala)
Old Town is a municipality in the department of Guatemala of Sacatepéquez . It was the capital of the kingdom of Guatemala for a while during the Spanish colonial era. The conquistador Jorge de Alvarado founded the city on November 22, 1527 under the name of Santiago de Guatemala. On September 11, 1541, a few years since the founding of the city, got a flood of Volcan de Agua and destroyed it. The flood killed Beatriz de la Cueva, the governor of the kingdom at that time. Disastre After the capital moved to another location, which is now Antigua Guatemala .
Old Town has an altitude of 1550 meters above sea level. Located in the Valley of Almolonga, on the slopes of Volcan de Agua. The municipality covers an area of 51 km ².