As you near La Merced, you pass under the Acro De Santa Catalina. At one time, it was a way for the nuns to cross to the other side of the street without being seen There are some nice restaurants and places to shop before you reach La Merced.
People are preparing for Semana Santa. The population of Antigua will triple in size if not more during Semana Santa. It is an awesome time if you do not mind crowds. If you are here during this week, just GUARD, very carefully, all of your possessions or you will have a lighter load returning home!