Transformations: A short history of La Antigua’s Central Park

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Everyone is so excited about the new Central Park project with our new flowers, railings, garbage cans and renovated benches. The Comité de Ornato La Antigua is doing a wonderful job renewing our Parque Central! The history of the Plaza Mayor, known now as Central Park, goes back to the beginning of the city when the first city planners laid […]

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Sister city Coral Gables, donates Fire Truck to La Antigua Guatemala

Antigua sister city

The firefighting capability of La Antigua Guatemala’s Fire Department has greatly improved with the recent gift of a hook-and-ladder truck from Coral Gables, Florida. Mayor Jim Cason of Coral Gables, an exclusive community just outside Miami, presented the 34-ton vehicle to Antigua Mayor Susana Ascencio and Fire Chief Rafael Arévalo during a ceremony on April 8 outside Antigua City Hall. […]

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HOLY WEEK PHOTO PRESENTATION with Elizabeth Bell

Guatemala holy week

Wednesday. (English) HOLY WEEK PHOTO PRESENTATION. Enjoy an hour-long presentation with Elizabeth Bell including fabulous descriptions and photos of carpet making, velaciones, processions and information about this season. Great tips to enjoy the processions! Questions encouraged and autographed books available. Q50 p/p, proceeds benefit educational programs in Antigua. Hotel Sor Juana, 4a calle oriente #45, La Antigua

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TALK: Magical Classroom program for preschoolers

Guatemala events

Tuesday. (English) TALK Magical Classroom program for preschoolers. Magical Classroom (Aula Mágica) partners with other NGOs to find entrepreneurial and community-minded people to use pre-recorded, interactive educational programs to reach children in remote areas. It trains and pays these community facilitators to guide children in program activities while developing kids’ cognitive, language and social skills, preparing them to attend and […]

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BOOK PRESENTATION & READING

Guatemala novel

Monday. BOOK PRESENTATION & READING (English) XOCOMIL, The Winds of Atitlán by David Mohrmann. This novel spans what many historians term the Guatemalan Civil War. The story begins and ends at Lake Atitlán. In between this epic novel takes the reader from traditional Mayan villages through the war-torn mountains of Guatemala; from cornfields in Kansas through the jungles of Vietnam; from […]

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YOGA: the 108 Sun Salutations

Guatemala yoga

Saturday, 10am YOGA Vinyasa flow (flow yoga) for all body types and abilities with FullPowerYoga and Studio Y. Q20. Earth Lodge, from Antigua, 1a av. norte, approx. 5km past the Cerro del Cruz, El Hato, Sacatepéquez Saturday, 2:30pm YogAntigua is holding the 108 Sun Salutations at Earth Lodge (transport available). Please, if you have your own mat, bring it. Donation […]

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CANINE CARNIVAL

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Wednesday. CANINE CARNIVAL including a best dog costume contest, prizes, raffles, gifts and much more! Enjoy a fun-filled evening at this family and pet-friendly restaurant, 35% of the sales on food and beverages will support Esterilizaciones y castraciones de mascotas en Antigua. Q50 cover, deductible on consumables. Reservation for large groups please, tel: 7832-3610. More information here. Entrance & raffle […]

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SLIDE SHOW Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell

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Wednesday. (English) SLIDE SHOW Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell. Enjoy a one-hour presentation with vintage and contemporary photographs collected over the past 40 years, accompanied by Elizabeth Bell’s expert narration. Q50 per person. Questions encouraged. Autographed books available. Hotel Sor Juana, 4a calle oriente #45, La Antigua

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TALK: Breaking the cycle of poverty through education

Guatemala events

8 Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK Safe Passage, Breaking the cycle of poverty through education. “Our mission is to empower the poorest, at-risk children of families working in the community of the Guatemala City garbage dump by creating opportunities and fostering dignity through the power of education. We share the vision that within a safe and caring environment every child is […]

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The procession of Jesús Nazareno de la Caída de San Bartolomé Becerra

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5th Sunday of Lent. March 13, leaves at 6am, returns at midnight. Passes Antigua’s Central Park at 4:30pm. For the online mobile interactive 2016 PROCESSION ROUTE click here. A day of pageantry and devotion. I remember waking at the stroke of 6 last year on the fifth Sunday of Lent in San Bartolo, a charming suburb of La Antigua Guatemala where I was […]

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How Holy Week Celebrations in La Antigua became the Largest in the World

Holy Week in Guatemala

Last year, it was estimated that 1.2 million visitors were in La Antigua for Lenten and Holy Week. When the Spanish conquerors arrived in Guatemala from Mexico in 1524, they brought with them the religious traditions from Seville, Spain. Little did they imagine that in the 21st century these celebrations would become the largest in the world. “Historical references to […]

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Maridaje Chocolate Tour & Wine Pairing

Guatemala food

If you would like to participate in an interesting activity we recommend: Maridaje Chocolate Tour which will be held Thursday the 3rd of March at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This will be a social event which will combine: 2 entree dishes, 2 main course meals and dessert, all made with Guatemalan chocolate from CHOCOMUSEO and accompanied of a variety […]

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GASTRONOMY: Italian Week at Mesón Panza Verde

Guatemala food

2 Wed., through Wed. March 9 ITALIAN WEEK A taste of Italy offering specialty dishes prepared by Mesón Panza Verde Chef Nóe Sicán, awarded “Best Italian-inspired Chef in Guatemala 2016” by the Italian Club in Guatemala City. See article. Lunch service, Tues-Sat, noon to 3pm, Sun., noon to 4pm; dinner service nightly, 6-10pm. Reservations recommended, tel: 7955-8282. Mesón Panza Verde, […]

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Italian Week at Mesón Panza Verde

Guatemala food

Featuring Italian Cuisine prepared by Chef Noé Sicán Known for his exquisitely prepared fresh pastas served daily, Mesón Panza Verde Chef Noé Sicán has been named the “Best Italian-Inspired Chef in Guatemala” by the Italian Club in Guatemala City. To celebrate Chef Noé’s culinary accomplishment, Mesón Panza Verde offers Italian Week, March 2-9, for both lunch and dinner seating. See […]

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TALK Mi Escuelita

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12 Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK Mi Escuelita provides academic tutoring to children of poverty-level families in San Pedro Las Huertas. The goal is to reduce the number of children who fail the school year and have to repeat it. This represents considerable cost and time for parents, as a result many of them are not able to continue their education. […]

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Natural Expressions of the Holidays, Guatemala

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They say the most treasured gifts come from nature and from the heart. Celebrating its 50th holiday season in La Antigua Guatemala, Casa de los Gigantes surrounds visitors with both. All of the handcrafted housewares, accessories, furniture and decorations in this enormous store—once a 17th century Spanish colonial home—are crafted with natural materials and whisper the stories of the hands […]

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DEMONSTRATION Cocktail Masterclass, La Antigua Guatemala

La Antigua Guatemala restaurant

Friday, Dec. 11, 6pm. A “Cocktail Masterclass” will be held in which the renowned International Bartender Jose Hernandez, winner of the World Class Competition, the Finest Call Cup among others, will be giving demonstrations of different cocktails that challenge traditional recipes with mixtures of different types of liquor combining them with exotic Guatemalan ingredients such as coffee, chocolate, jalapeño peppers, […]

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