San Juan del Obispo is a small village (pueblo) in Guatemala. It is located in the department of Sacatepéquez, close to the departmental capital Antigua Guatemala. A long string of overseas volunteers have lived and worked voluntarily in the village, providing education and a safe environment for children from poor homes in the areas surrounding the volcano side.
A little history about San Juan del Obispo
San Juan del Obispo is about 2 miles away from the edge of Antigua and is easy to reach via car. It’s not really within walking distance to Antigua, so you’ll need a car or rely on public transportation – bus fare to Antigua’s Market is Q1.50 each way. There are stores and you can find fresh vegetables sold nearby, but you’ll have to head to Antigua if you want to do serious grocery shopping.
There are fairs and other religious activities throughout the year, but for the most part, San Juan del Obispo is a quiet town. If you’re looking for an active nightlife or tons of nearby dining options, look elsewhere. Although Antigua is close enough that this isn’t really an issue. The main tourist attraction here is Palacio del Obispo, the former home of Francisco Marroquin.
Why to study in San Juan del Obispo?
You will have the opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture of a small quiet town just 15 minutes away from Antigua Guatemala.
The friendly and safe atmosphere of the cobblestone town is located on the slopes of the Agua Volcano.