La Antigua Guatemala’s sidewalks were not meant for walking. Sidewalks in La Antigua Guatemala are narrow and uneven, with so many 2 or 3-feet inclination ramps and potholes that you can easily fall down. On top of that, in the rainy season, you have be careful with the colonial house drains; both, the ground level drains and the roof drains spouts and Spanish-tile roofs which drain the rainfall right in the middle of the narrow sidewalks. Did I mention the sidewalks are narrow? 😉
Initiatives like La Antigua Guatemala Without Barriers are a good start to make the sidewalks even enough, but do not solve the problem of the narrow width and rainfall drains. In my opinion, the best solution would be to make the entire Antigua Guatemala a pedestrian town, like it was in colonial times. This would be a win-win situation for just about everybody. Some exceptions could be made for horse-powered carriages and golf-type carts for carrying loads to businesses.
What do you think, should I run for the city mayor seat? Who knows, maybe I turn out to be the Barack Obama of La Antigua Guatemala. 🙂
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