La Antigua

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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Guatemalan Bucket List

When you arrive in Guatemala, you probably have no idea how many activities and places to visit that await you. We’ve made a list of the places to go and things to do that every good tourist should experience here in the Land of Eternal Springtime. We begin this series with the five most...

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The Arrin Cuan Tradición in La Antigua

Every tradition has a beginning, and for the Arrin Cuan restaurants, that beginning was a little over 30 years ago when the first restaurant opened with a goal of offering customers only the very best of Guatemala’s vast and varied cuisine. At Arrin Cuan, the food has always been prepared in traditional ways, using...

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