We decided to fly to Guatemala rather than take a 16hr / 2 day bus journey via Honduras & then El Salvador. It only took 3hrs including a 1.5hr stop over in San Salvador airport. We’re so glad we did, as it not only: saved time, cut out 3 border crossings, was safer, but also allowed us to travel in the luxury we craved, after so many chicken bus journeys.
As soon as we landed in Guatemala City, we arranged a shared shuttle & headed for Antigua.
In 1543, the Spanish settlers moved the capital (having had 2 previous homes) to Antigua, where it remained for 200 years. In 1717 & 1773 major earthquakes hit & destroyed nearly 2000 buildings. In 1776 the Spanish Crown decided that the capital be moved to its current site; Guatemala City.
Antigua is a beautiful city full of history & culture mixed with a modern day international influence.