Jocotenango and San Felipe, Guatemala
During my February 2015 trip to Antigua, I wanted to visit some of the nearby outlying towns, mostly to visit the various churches. I covered some of my walk through the southern areas here. I also walked north out of town, leaving from my hotel and headed up to see the churches in San Felipe and Jocotenango.
Walking north, I somehow ended up veering to the right instead of going straight. As luck would have it, despite going the wrong way, I still ended up right where I wanted to be — the square in San Felipe. There’s a really interesting church there, with a more gothic look to it than most of the other local churches. Thankfully, I could spot it from the road and navigated my way there. The church sits on a small plaza, with the town market across the street. The market was busy — lots of stalls with arts and handicrafts, plus a few restaurants. I don’t know if a lot of tourists make it up this way, but it seems like a fun little place to check out.
Standing in front of the church, it was relatively clear to me that to get to Jocotenango, I’d simply walk north until I hit the main road, then go west. So that’s what I did. A relatively short time later, I came upon Jocotenango’s plaza. I had really wanted to see the church there, as it looked quite beautiful in photos. I was not disappointed!
The plaza in Jocotenango was quite pleasant. I bought a pastry at a small shop and sat and enjoyed some people watching for a while. When I was ready to go, I walked south along the main road. This took me back to Antigua, but the walk wasn’t as pleasant as the walk there. This road was much busier, with more buses and traffic. It wasn’t unsafe, but lots of diesel fumes and loud vehicles.
This walk only took a couple of hours, and that was with a couple of breaks. It was a great way to see some more of the Antigua area.