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The Town Where Coffins Are Commonplace

San Antonio Aguas Calientes is a municipio in the department of Sacatepéquez and is located about 30 minutes from downtown La Antigua. With a size of a little more than 15 square kilometers (almost 6 square miles), the municipio is composed of two villages or aldeas: San Andrés Ceballos and Santiago Zamora. To get...

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San Juan del Obispo

Located south of La Antigua, at about 15 minutes from the city center, you will find San Juan del Obispo. This municipality (declared in 1935) was an important part of the third city of the Kingdom of Guatemala (during its time in the Panchoy Valley). Down its cobble-stone streets you can reach a beautiful...

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Wuqu’ Kawoq Maya Health Alliance

Wuqu ‘Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance is a leader in research and treatment models for chronic diseases, including child malnutrition, diabetes, women’s health, heart disease and cancer. Currently, they provide health services in five departments in Guatemala to about 20,000 people. Since 2007, they have innovated solutions for the patient. To reduce maternal mortality,...

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San Cristóbal El Alto

San Cristóbal El Alto is an aldea in the municipio of Antigua Guatemala and is located approximately 5 kilometers from the Parque Central at an altitude of 1,825 meters (5,990 feet) above sea level, nearly 300 meters (1,000 feet) higher than La Antigua. Most people in this village are natives who make their livings...

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Fijate vos, Who’s In Charge?

Hello again, Faithful Reader! Luckily, my column from last month’s issue of Qué Pasa was not spot on. I ranted and grumbled about how we’re beginning to see the effects of climate change and how the shortfall in previous years’ precipitation is causing problems. Well, our problems have not been magically solved, but this...

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Meet Francisco Javier Morales

La Antigua has many aspects that make it unique, but mainly it is all related to the people who live in it and who have made history in this beautiful city. We present you with a short biography of an outstanding individual from La Antigua. Francisco Javier Morales Porras was born in La Antigua...

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Edible Gardens

The practice of combining flowers and vegetables in a garden is known as “companion planting” and is a popular form of growing organic food and decoration together. Before starting any planting or even the transformation of a green space that you’ve decided to use for cultivation, it’s important to know that one of the...

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What do you think of your mom?

For each one of us, mom means something different, it doesn’t matter how old you are, that magnificent human being that hold you in her arms, will always be unique. We asked our readers to send stories of their Little ones telling us what they think about their mom. These are the answers we...

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Life as a 0.5 Chapin

Have you ever felt like you were living in two different worlds at once? One where you constantly look both ways before crossing the street at the cross walk, and the other where you slowly, carefree cross the street at anytime, almost exclusively as a “J-walker.” Well after living in Antigua surrounded with Chapines...

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Corpus Christi in Patzún

Patzún is a municipio in the department of Chimaltenango, 83 kilometers (51 miles) from Guatemala City and 44 kilometers (27 miles) from La Antigua (about a 1-hour trip by car). There are two explanations for the origin of the name Patzún. The first says that the name comes from the Kakchiquel Maya words pa...

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