Filadelfia Resort & Spa - Again
Revisits are not typically our thing. More likebeen there done that moving on to see what is next ..but The Filadelfia Coffee Resort in Antigua, Guatemala was too tempting to pass up for another long holiday weekend.
.well, at least the public demonstration (roughly 30,000 40,000 upset because the sitting president allegedly had an opponent terminated) in Guatemala City, had occurred a two days prior to our arrival (only a few disgruntled individuals bearing signs were wandering the main avenidas) and we were able to work through the normal congestion around the airport before heading out to Antigua. How about an slight earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale (must have been some shifting of tectonic plates.like who caresits the fact the ground is moving and youre trying to stand still.and slight is the wrong adjective to use with any earthquake).
The road to Antigua from GUA is almost always rush hour no matter the hour.buses and truckcars and scooters.seems like every inch of pavement is taken by someone trying to get some place. For us, the ride is entertainingalways something different.
Asked our driver if he would mind stopping at a bank drive through window so we could handle a quick currency transactionof courseno problemand the conversion rates is far more favorable than the airport or the hotel..now we have some walking around local money.
The air clears and the temperature drops pleasantly as we leave the city, gaining some altitude on the short 45 minute drive to Antiguano wonder so many local city dwellers head for countryside retreats on weekends.
Soon we are winding our way down familiar cobblestone roads, entering Antigua and working our way through foot traffic and bicycles along the outskirts and toward the guarded calle arbolada de Filadelfia. There are familiar faces, broad smiles and several hugs from the staff upon arrival.as well as the freshly brew caf and assorted jugos. Le us show you to your suite.....so many fresh flowers I'm wondering if we're attending a wake...fortunately no deceased in sight?
The next five days past too quicklymule rides into the mountains - and we are reminded why mules are strong, determined and sometimes stubborn, volcano treks up Picaya..a long steep trail that may best be attempted early in the AM.worth the effort (you can cheat and ride horses), excellent dining at both upscale (Panza Verde www.panzaverde.com/en/dining.htm) and modest restaurants (Sabe RicoThanks for the special vegetarian lunch packed for our Picaya trek.also loved the secluded courtyard dining).
The Filadelfia remains a very peaceful, private retreat a place to come home to even if it is your first visit.close enough but not too close to the activity and crowds of Antigua.
Maybe another long weekend next year..well just have to shop around on LL to see what great return deals pop up!