San Antonio Aguas Calientes
This town is well known for its wonderful weavings incorporating geometric/floral patterns and for handicrafts, including petates (reed mats), wooden masks, reed dolls, and kites.
At the time of its founding in the 16th century, San Antonio and other adjoining communities were lakeshore villages on Lago Quinizilapa, which has long since been drained.
The town’s prominence as a handicrafts production center has made it relatively prosperous and it enjoys one of the highest literacy rates in the Guatemalan highlands. There are frequent buses to San Antonio, just six kilometers from Antigua.
Antigua Tours (3a Calle Oriente #22, tel. 7832-5821, www.antiguatours.net) includes a stop in San Antonio Aguas Calientes as part of its “Antigua Villages” tour. See the Antigua City Tours page for details.
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