La Antigua

Chickpeas in Honey

Chickpeas in honey are a traditional Guatemalan dessert, the time to eat them is inaugurated on November 1st, typically after a good plate of fiambre. Making them is easy, let the chickpeas sit in water; then drain and cook them in enough water, – the secret is to put in a pinch of baking...

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Café sky

This plate is piled high with so much meat that it could easily serve four. Imagine generous portions of beef tenderloin, pork loin, chorizos, longanizas, chicken breasts, and barbecued pork chops on a giant platter. Then add the side dishes: refried beans, guacamol, and chirmol. And of course, don’t forget: tortillas galore! Café Sky...

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Casa Popenoe

Around the year 1560, on a lot where 6a Calle Oriente meets 1a Avenida Sur, a house was built by Jacomé de Piña. This house did not last long, and by 1615, the lot was again empty. Around 1650, another house was built on the site by a priest named Juan de Torres. Various...

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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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Zanate N Stereo and their Chapín Reggae

You may have heard about Zanate N stereo – a Guatemalan reggae group that’s become one of the favorite reggae bands in the country because of its unique style and the quality of the music. The band was formed in 2008, and over the years its popularity has grown, something which has led to...

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Angeline and Superb Wines: A Match Made in Heaven

There are many fine restaurants in La Antigua, representing cuisines from around the world, but for someone who has dined from Vancouver to London, San Francisco to Barcelona, New York to Lima, and São Paulo to Madrid, I see no one else here in La Antigua who gives a serious nudge to the envelope...

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Processions

A procesión is a religious procession whose centerpiece is a ceremonial wooden platform, or anda, which is topped by a church’s religious statue, or imagen. The anda‘s decoration is inspired (like those of the velaciones) by Bible passages or messages from the Psalms or Proverbs. The history of processions in Guatemala dates back to...

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Velaciones

A velación (holy vigil) – usually held on Fridays – is a symbolic representation of a biblical passage or parable, illustrated using the church’s imagen (religious statue) of Jesus as part of the scene. Velaciones that incorporate the imágenes of the Virgin Mary as the main character are usually held on Saturdays. Those churches...

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A Day at the Stadium

Football – or soccer, as North Americans call it – is one of the most beloved sports in Guatemala. Again and again, you can see fans support their favorite teams; fight for them; become disillusioned and give up; and then change their minds, turn around, and go back to being die-hard fans. Football is...

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The First Female Mayor of La Antigua

On September 6th, 2015, Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal confirmed that La Antigua had now elected a mayor, (The municipio had had only an interim mayor since 2012.) And for the first time in the city’s almost-500-year history, starting on the 14th of this month, a woman fills this important position: the Architect Susana Heidi...

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