Maximizing your experience in Antigua is through their wonderful, loving people. While the city holds many gems and one of a kind monuments, the locals truly make this colonial city worth visiting.
Explaining how amazing these people are is just impossible. Their friendliness and kindness is unique. Their laughs and smiles continuously grasp you in an emotional, personal way. Their mannerisms and natural aura make you feel like you have been best friends with them for years. This is the power that these amazing people will have on you.
It’s easy to feel anxious about approaching strangers, but it’s hard making friends. For this reason, I have highlighted two of the best tips on how to truly make friends and effectively get rid of the feeling of seclusion as a tourist in Antigua.
WALKING AROUND THE CITY & VISIT POPULAR SITES
Visiting popular attractions is a bit tricky simply because tourists are known to emerge as well. But luckily, Antigua isn’t a city that’s known for its excursions and incredible 5 star hotels that attract flocks of tourists. It’s known for its beautiful churches such as, La Iglesia de la Merced, or the eye-popping view of the city from the Cerro de la Cruz. The city itself is perfect enough for any tourist to begin feeling like a local.
The people who walk around will greet you and even if you can’t speak Spanish they will still smile at you for no reason, and that’s all that matters to me. Take advantage of locals who approach you trying to sell something. This proved to be effective because not only do you not have to approach them yourselves, but you now have a chance to convert the conversation from selling to befriending.
So, think twice before sending them off, for they could be your next local friend!
Furthermore, their vibrant-colored clothing and snuggled up houses show you just how warm-welcoming they are while exposing you to how rich the local culture is.
SHOP AT LOCAL STORES
The locals that make Antigua are welcoming, more than you can imagine. You must meet the local shopkeepers, for they treat you like family and exert this special aura.
This aura is crazy. It’s amazing. It’s speechless, and it’s out of this world. They effectively make you feel like family just by being themselves, and that power is better than Superman’s heat vision.
You come into the shop to buy a souvenir and next thing you know you are having a full on personal conversation with them. They open up to you like family, like friends. All you have to do is smile and ask them that you want to become a local, and to sincerely engage yourself in their culture.
Furthermore, shopping at local stores is wonderful because you support the family that operates it, and you are naturally forced into initiating a conversation with them. This is great for travelers who get nervous and start doubting themselves when they want to make friends abroad because you are bound to talk to them. The best time to initiate a conversation is after they are done finalizing your payment.
Additionally, approaching the local street vendors prove just as effective!
Traveling in Antigua can’t be better without local friends. Having local friends or companions benefits you severely, for you get the inside knowledge about the best places to visit in Antigua that only locals know about. Most importantly, you create memorable experiences that can only be defined as one-of-a-kind, rather than an ordinary trip. There is more to discover about this enculturing city.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Guatemala is a foreign country, but before you know it, your comfort zone will come right back as Antigua being your second home. Your life here will get too good!
The 2 Best Tips to Making Friends in Antigua, Guatemala was written by guest blogger Dereck who owns Trek with Derk, his main goal is to be able to help people construct an emotional bridge between you and any location.