Banks are closed Wed-Sun of Holy Week and none change money between Christmas and New Year. Most banks are open Mon-Fri 0900-1800, some until 1900 and Sat 0900- 1300. Banco de América Central, on the plaza, Visa and MasterCard ATM (Cirrus and Plus), but bank hours only. Banco Industrial, 5 Av Sur 4, near plaza, gives cash on Visa ATM (24 hr) and Visa credit card at normal rates, no commission. Extremely quick service. Banco Industrial on plaza, good rates, no commission, MasterCard (Cirrus) ATM.
Some internet cafés offer discount cards, which are worth buying if you are in town for any length of time. The following are recommended: Enlaces, 6 Av Norte 1. Funky Monkey, Paseo de los Corregidores, 5 Av Sur 6.
Footprint has received favourable reports from students for the following language schools: Academia Antigüeña de Español, 1 Pte 10, T7832-7241, www.spanishacademy antiguena.com. Alianza Lingüística ‘Cano’, Av El Desengaño 21A, T7832-0370. Private classes are also available. Amerispan, 6 Av Norte 40 and 7 Calle Ote, T7832-0164, http://www.amerispan.com. In the US, 1334 Walnut St, 6th floor, Philadelphia PA 19107. Centro Lingüístico Maya, 5 Calle Pte 20, T7832-1342, http://www.clmmaya.com. CSA (Christian Spanish Academy), 6 Av Norte 15, Aptdo Postal 320, T7832-3922, http://www.learncsa.com. Don Pedro de Alvarado, 6 Av Norte 39, T5872-2469, www.donpedro spanishschool.com. 25 years’ experience. Proyecto Bibliotecas Guatemala (PROBIGUA), 6 Av Norte 41B, T7832-2998, http://www.probigua.org. Gives a percentage of profits towards founding and maintaining public libraries in rural towns; frequently recommended. Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín, 6 Av Norte, http://www.plfm-antigua.org. Sevilla Academia de Español, 1 Av Sur 8, T7832-5101, http://www.sevillantigua.com. Tecún Umán, 6 Calle Pte 34A, T7832-2792, http://www.tecunuman.centramerica.com.
Check ads in Doña Luisa’s and others around town and the tourist office. Recommended: Julia Solís, 5 Calle Pte 36, T7832-5497, julisar@ hotmail.com (she lives behind the tailor’s shop). Armalia Jarquín, Av El Desengaño 11, T7832-2377. There are, unbelievably, numerous No 11s on this road. Armalia’s has a sign up and is opposite No 75, which has a tiled plaque.
All charge about US$1 per kg and most close Sun and half-day Sat. Delilah in La Unión on 1 Av Sur provides an excellent service. Lavandería Gilda, 5 Calle Pte between 6 and 7 Av, very good and can do a wash and dry in 2 hrs. Central, 5 Calle Pte 7B.
Hospitals and clinics
Casa de Salud Santa Lucía, Alameda Sta Lucía Sur 7, T7832-3122. Open 24 hrs, good and efficient service. Consultation prices vary. Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro, Av El Desengaño 12A, T7832-6419.
Optica Santa Lucía, 5 Calle Pte 28, T7832-0384. Sells contact-lens solution and accessories.
Tourism police, Rancho Nimejay, 6 Calle, between 8 Avenida and 4 Calle del Ranchon, T7832-7290. The office is open 24 hrs. Just knock on the door or ring their number. National Police are based in Antigua, in the Palacio de los Capitanes General, on the south side of the plaza.
At Alameda Sta Lucía and 4 Calle Pte, near the market. Mon-Fri 0800-1830, Sat 0830-1400.
There are several in town, including DHL, 6 Calle Pte and 6 Av Sur.
Telgua, 5 Av Sur, corner of the plaza for international and local calls. There are public phone boxes inside the Telgua building, which are quieter to use than the couple under the arches on the west side of the square. Mon-Fri 0800-1800, Sat 0800- 1200. Try Funky Monkey for internet calls.