One of the surprising pleasures of my time in Mexico and Guatemala has been the beautiful central plazas and parks in each city. Parque Central in Antigua is no different. The park is a hub of activity and perhaps sets the tone of daily life in the city. The park is resplendent and features some noteworthy buildings.
On the south side the Captain-Generals’ Palace dominates the horizon. It was the political center of all of Central America from Chiapas, Mexico down to Costa Rica until 1773. My Spanish teacher said that “without this building Antigua just wouldn’t be Antigua.”