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The Authentic Taste of Italy

Barbara Trentavizi, the owner of Caffè Opera, is back as head chef after taking a four-year break to pursue her work as a social anthropologist. Although seemingly unrelated, the values that she has developed through her academic profession have been incorporated into the restaurant: teamwork; supporting those who produce food locally and organically; and...

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A Little Slice of Heaven: Finca El Zapote

Not far from La Antigua, Finca El Zapote is nestled at the foot of Volcán de Fuego in Escuintla. Originally a coffee and sugar cane plantation, from 1927 the farm was owned by three partners, including Leif Lind Pettersen and his wife Carmen Gehrke de Pettersen. The couple bought out the other partners in...

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Siete Altares

Under the shade of trees and on its journey to the Bahía de Amatique, the stream that runs through Siete Altares (Seven Altars) has washed the river rocks smooth and created a series of pools and waterfalls. If you’re staying in Livingston in the department of Izabal, it’s worth taking the time to get...

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Lent: A Preamble to Semana Santa

This year Semana Santa (Holy Week) begins on April 13th, Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday), and ends on April 20th, Pascua (Easter Sunday). La Antigua is famous for the events during this week which commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But while this week is especially well-known, the season of vigils, processions,...

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A Q&A with UK Ambassador Sarah Dickson

What are the objectives of British Week? British Week is when we celebrate HM the Queen’s Birthday and showcase some of the things that make Britain great. It is also an opportunity for the Embassy to make new friends. We look to link up common interests to make our events extra special. To give...

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Fine Dining at Pergaminos

With his return to Finca Filadelfia, Chef Miralles was inspired to create a new menu for Pergaminos, the resort’s fine dining restaurant. “I love French and Thai cuisine. They are the two types of food I like to eat the most.” The new menu brings together dishes from both culinary worlds as well as...

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Maximón: A Saint for Better or Worse

Guatemala is a magical land where legend and lore abound. It’s a country where the culture of the Maya combined with the beliefs of the Spanish conquistadors and settlers to give birth to traditions whose origins are sometimes clouded in mystery. The infamous Maximón is an example of a figure that was born of...

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The Colors of Guatemalan Cuisine

At Cafetenango, Chef Miralles brings everyone together to enjoy the flavors and colors of Guatemala. Located in Finca Filadelfia, this restaurant boasts a friendly atmosphere with amazing views of the volcanoes and the best of Guatemalan cuisine and ingredients. The new and unique menu that will start in mid-January will be distinguished by its...

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For the Love of Fireworks!

There is no better month to experience Guatemala’s love affair with fireworks than December. Like a little kid opening his Christmas presents early, fireworks are lit and exploded regularly throughout the month in anticipation of the holidays. You’ll regularly hear the familiar crackle of cohetes, the resonating boom of bombas, along with snaps, pops...

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Flying above the Trees

If you’ve ever wanted to see the world from a bird’s-eye view, here’s your chance: Antigua Canopy Tours offers you that opportunity. Their zip lines are located 6,500 feet (1,980 meters) above sea level just outside of La Antigua at Finca Filadelfia. There you get the chance to enjoy the spectacular natural beauty that...

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