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Historical and Traditional Symbols in a Procession

In a procession there are several symbols that are intended to move us to a different time period. The Romans with their costumes, the horses and banners; and as in a parade, all march in two rows on both sides of the streets. With a banner in the middle with the acronym SPQR: “Senatus...

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America, El Portal by Gina Intveen

La Antigua Galeria de Arte is proud to present the Chilean artist Gina Intveen and her exhibition ‘’America, El Portal’’. After many years of preparation, Gina Intveen presents us with the America that inspired her to create this exhibition. An America that is – as she says – ‘’a land of magnificence and abundance’’....

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La Calle de los Pasos

La Antigua is a magical place that even now recalls a time when the capital city of the Reino de Goathemala represented the center point between the two Americas. A time when the streets of the city were laid out – not due to chance, but rather due to knowledge and intuition: a train...

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Fijate Vos: The State of the City, Part 1

Welcome to the shortest month of the year, Faithful Reader! Here we are in February, and we can now look back on the previous year… the political year, that is. As of the middle of January, Guatemala’s currently serving politicians at all levels – mayors and city councils; congressional diputados; and the President, the...

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A Day at Florencia

To get to Florencia Ecological Park – better known simply as “Florencia” – from La Antigua, just take the road leading to Guatemala City, and after driving about 9 km (about 5 miles), on the right-hand side you’ll find this protected natural reserve in the municipio of Santa Lucía Milpas Altas. This park has 64...

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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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Spotlight: Alex Barnica

La Antigua is a unique place – a true cultural melting-pot and bohemian paradise, La Antigua is home to many talented young people, revolutionary minds and intriguing personalities. Today we shine the spotlight on a talented local artist – Alex Barnica. With many miles travelled under his belt, Alex describes himself as a ‘nomadic...

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Discover the Pacific Coast of Guatemala

If you travel to the Pacific Coast of Guatemala the first thing you will notice is that its beaches of coffee-colored volcanic sand welcome you to an area of beautiful natural reserves and open-air activities. They also represent the perfect location for fishing sailfish – a sport in which Guatemala was recognised as Number...

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Fijate Vos: Wrapping Up a Devil of a Year (and a Year of Devils)

Happy Arbitrary Starting-Point of another journey around the sun, Faithful Reader! One of the good things about having a column that appears in print only monthly is that I’ve gotta write just one essay per month – which is a big plus if you’re a huevón like me. The downside is those occasions when...

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Coffee Varieties at El Cafetalito

More than 2 centuries ago, Jesuit priests introduced the coffee plant to La Antigua Guatemala; with the aim of using it as an ornamental plant in their gardens. Its exploitation as a commercial crop didn’t start until the beginnings of the 14th Century. Nowadays, there are 8 recognised coffee-producing regions, and – of them...

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