There are two Black Cat accomodations in Antigua – the Black Cat Hostel that promises a happy hour in the bar every night and a hangover breakfast in the AM and it’s little sister around the corner, the slightly more expensive Black Cat Inn, that promises an upper terrace breakfast and private or semi private rooms. I went for comfort as the rendevous point to meet my peregrine offspring, Zach, who was flying in the day I arrived by van. It was a great choice. The rooftop terrace was surrounded by the vibrant colors of flowers and painted buildings. The wifi signal was strong and the cups of Guatemalan coffee never-ending.
Antigua is surrounded by three volcanoes, visible from most parts of the town, that have erupted or shown activity in the last centuries. In 1717 and again in 1773, earthquakes destroyed the city. The last major volcanic activity was in September, 2012.
The town turned out to be an excellent hub for exploring the country. Tourist agencies offering cheap travel and/or hostels and adventure packages are ubiquitous.