Life & Living in Antigua

Of Beliefs and Loves

You’ve probably heard of San Simon, or Maximon. This is the Saint that a lot of people will go to, asking for miracles in exchange for offerings of alcohol, money or tobacco. Ringed by candles and these 3 common types of offerings, Maximon is surrounded by those who believe in and venerate him, and...

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Devotion

The celebration of Semana Santa in La Antigua Guatemala is both a religious and secular spectacle that is truly worth experiencing. Upon this celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the whole city is transformed into a huge stage where hundreds of men, women and children take on the roles of...

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The Theft of Baby Jesus

This is one of several customs that came to Guatemala upon the arrival of the evangelists who accompanied the conquerors. It is said that it was the Dominicans who took charge of the Catholic Church at the time of the conquest, and that it was them who brought these customs to the people. The...

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El Barrio – A place where different worlds meet & have fun

El Barrio, a complex of bars close to the La Antigua’s central park is not a typical discotheque, nor typical restaurant or a bar. From the moment you enter you can choose between five different bars, each one with their own style, music and offers. The first bar you bump into is The Ocelot...

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Death and how we celebrate it in Guatemala

On November 1st, Guatemala experiences one of its biggest celebrations: All Saints’ Day. This celebration of the dead is – ironically – full of life and color. In many parts of the country it’s believed that on this day, those souls who live in the underworld are free to leave, and that for 24...

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Mountain Biking in La Antigua

If you are someone who likes to take advantage of the weekends to get your fix of adrenaline, then Antigua and its surroundings can offer you a different type of activity that not only provides you with a good dose of exercise, but that also presents a challenge and an opportunity to explore new...

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The Everyday People of La Antigua

On a walk around La Antigua – in one of the busiest areas, or perhaps behind a small door in a side street, far away from the city center – you may encounter any one of several people who are an integral part of the city’s daily life. Qué Pasa presents some of these...

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Malo Mori Quam Foedari

When you approach the Panchoy Valley along the road from San Lucas, the first view of La Antigua that you’ll get is a postcard-worthy vista of volcanoes and stately buildings. When you finally reach the colonial city, just before turning to the right to cross the bridge that passes over the Pensativo River, you’ll...

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An Adventure High Up in San Cristóbal El Alto

According to history, San Cristóbal El Alto was founded in the year 1535. At that time it was called Las Milpas de Juan Pérez Dardón, named for a Spanish captain who came to the area with the Conquistador of Guatemala, Pedro de Alvarado. The captain was awarded the territory in the valley – today...

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Lent and Holy Week Calendar 2016

FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH FOURTH FRIDAY OF LENT  All day Velación of the consecrated imagen of Jesus the Nazarene of the Tender Gaze Church of Santa Ana All Day Velación of replicas of the Entombed Jesus and the Virgin of Solitude Escuela de Cristo church (MAP F6) All Day Velación of Jesus the Nazarene of...

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