Tips for enjoying Semana Santa

Procession, Semana Santa photos by Leonel -Nelo- Mijangos (

Lent and Holy Week celebrations in La Antigua Guatemala can be a bit overwhelming at best. Over the years, I have learned some great tips to enjoy the more than 50 activities during this time of year. Some of them are: Plan ahead and allow plenty of time. Know the times and locations of the velaciones and processions. City Hall […]

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Rescuing Rosie

Happy and healthy Rosie (photo by César Tián)

by Kathy Jo Robbert The chestnut mare floats in her paddock, performing a perfect passage, an advanced dressage movement performed under a rider. But this mare does it all on her own. With her diagonal legs working in perfect synchronization, lifting higher, higher, the mare celebrates the freedom of being who she is. For the first time in a long […]

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Flying at the top of a mountain

Canopy photo

What is the best place for a bird’s eye view of La Antigua Guatemala? Many people think it’s from the Cerro de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross), situated on a mountain north of the city. Even higher than the Cerro de la Cruz is the Santo Domingo del Cerro. Add an incredible zipline adventure (Circo del Aire) and there […]

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Antigua Guatemala celebrates its 34th anniversary UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO declaration (image by

Antigua Guatemala was included as No. 65 in the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List during the World Heritage Convention’s Third Session in October 1979 in Luxor, Egypt. Today there are 981 sites that the World Heritage Committee considers as “having outstanding universal value… the protection, management, authenticity and integrity of properties are also important considerations.” […]

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Just Say Hello!

A tourist group in Parque Central in Antigua Guatemala (image by

Hola! Ciao! Guten Tag! Bonjour! Hello! The universal greeting of meeting another offers a unique and special introduction to Guatemala. La Antigua is such a wondrous and diverse place. You can sit on the square, enjoy an extraordinary cup of coffee and hear languages from around the globe as you enjoy the beauty of the Parque Central and the stunning […]

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Flowers from the Árbol del Hermano Pedro

This species has been appreciated in Mesoamerica since pre-Hispanic times for its unique beauty and medicinal properties. Tea from the dried flowers are attributed various medicinal properties, mainly as a tranquilizer, analgesic and to control high blood pressure and heart disease. Scientists are investigating its antidepressant effect.

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Cajetería Ajpop in Guatemala

Jesús Manuel García and the art of the box Text/Photos by Hilary Kilpatric “My favorite part of my work is shaping the pinewood into boxes. I love the feeling of starting out with a simple piece of wood and finishing with a finely crafted box,” explains Jesús Manuel García, leader of the artisan group Cajetería Ajpop. García was born in […]

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Tom enjoyed the color, sound, taste, touch and smell of Guatemala on his first visit last year, but suggests we’re missing one more important sense. Tom’s an artist from Atlanta, delighted by all he encountered here, but especially pleased to uncover a sense of timelessness in Guatemala. Meanwhile, historian Elizabeth Bell’s mother came back to her home in La Antigua […]

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Where does the time go?

Have you noticed lately that time has gone into hyper-drive? You wake up one morning and suddenly you’re 10 years older, everything is faster and technology is advancing so quickly that by the time you read this most likely you will need a software update! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to offer yourself the gift of time? To simply sit back, […]

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Siggy Holbik

Bridging cultures and continents with Guatemalan crafts Many of us living in (and visiting) La Antigua Guatemala love to stop by Casa de los Gigantes (7a calle oriente #18) from time to time to see what’s new in the “House of the Giants.” It is well worth your time to investigate every nook and cranny for some treasure or another. […]

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San Pedro Artisans

by Hilary Kilpatric “I love what I do. I have acquired considerable experience, and it is rewarding to see people appreciate my work. We work with sustainable woods, and everything we do is entirely done by hand. It is our way of preserving the environment,” explains lead carpenter Teo Hernández. The carpentry team consists of five, who work just outside […]

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Motorcycle Diary

There is something undeniably cool about motorbikes, cobbled streets and rock and roll. Combine all three and you have one of the most exhilarating ways to explore La Antigua Guatemala: driving through the pueblos of Sacatepéquez, on the back of a trike, with the Rolling Stones blaring from the speakers. CATours has been specializing in creating tailor-made motorbike tours of […]

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Inauguración del XII Festival Internacional de Cultura Paiz

Cada dos años la Fundación Paiz organiza un festival de arte y cultura en la ciudad de La Antigua Guatemala. Este es el XII festival y la inauguración se realizó en la Plaza Mayor (parque central) con la presentación de la Orquesta de Bob Porter y el grupo Malacates Trébol Shop. Asistentes de todas las edades pudieron presenciar este evento […]

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New Year Celebrations in Antigua Guatemala Photo Gallery

New Year Celebrations in Antigua Guatemala Photo Gallery by Nelo Mijangos

As in other occasions, Antigua Guatemala was among the favorite destinies in Guatemala to receive the new year. The Calle del Arco was the center of the celebrations which concluded with fireworks at 10pm. Afterwards everyone went to their preferred venue for the final count down at midnight to receive the new year. Cómo otras ocaciones, La Antigua Guatemala fue […]

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Fair Trade Christmas Gifts

by Julie Potvin Lajoie From Dec. 7 to Dec. 9 the third edition of the Feria Nacional de Comercio Justo y Solidario will be held in La Antigua Guatemala. Within the walls of the Centro de Formación y de la Cooperación Española, more than 30 groups of artisans, skilled in everything from textile and agricultural products to woodwork and crafts, […]

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Baskets of Love

Sending holiday cheer and warm wishes this Navidad season with culinary delights The holidays are a time for family and loved ones; it’s a time to take a few moments, sit around a table, preferably sans iPhones, with a glass of wine or hot spirits, chatting about the events of the year past and exciting times for the coming year. […]

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Photo Gallery of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Antigua Guatemala

Throughout Guatemala and Central America children dress in typical clothing paying homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe. One such procession begins at La Merced Church at 3pm in Antigua Guatemala. Typical food for sale outside the church of La Merced located at the north end of Calle del Arco in La Antigua Guatemala.

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The Devil Gets His Due

Burning of the Devil in Antigua Guatemala by Nelo Mijangos -

All year long he hides under the bed or in the junk piled up in the corner, casting misfortune or worse on helpless mortals. But on Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. sharp, the Devil gets his comeuppance, as he is tossed out of the house along with the trash and set ablaze in the Quema del Diablo (Burning of […]

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Latest works by Byron Rabé at Mesón Panza Verde

Latest works by Byron Rabé at Mesón Panza Verde by Nelo Mijangos

“Pienso e colores como en luz flotando atravezando lentamente el tiempo y el espacio” con esta declaración Byron Rabé nos introduce a su obra “La danza de la armonía universal”. El artista guatemalteco está presentado en la galería “Panza Verde” una colección en la que une la cultura maya con su arte. “I think in colors like floating light traversing […]

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Photo Gallery: XI Carrera de las Charolas

Photo Gallery: XI Carrera de las Charolas by Nelo Mijangos

Hoy se realizo la XI Carrera de las Charolas, esta actividad es organizada por los Restaurantes de La Fonda de la Calle Real con la intensión de unir a todo el gremio de bares y restaurantes, así como también celebrar el aniversario de Las Fondas. Este año se encuentran celebrando su 37 aniversario. La carrera ya se ha vuelto una […]

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Open for Business

Reforma Business Centers inaugurates its Antigua branch

Reforma Business Centers inaugurates its Antigua branch There are a variety of reasons why businesses and individuals seek out ready-made office centers, ranging from needing to expand an already bustling business, wanting to improve profit-to-loss ratios, to the entrepreneur with a big idea who wants to stop working from home. If this sounds like your business, Reforma Business Center has […]

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The Doors of Antigua Guatemala

Visitors usually are not aware that we are welcome inside any open door in Antigua. Well, that is if both doors are open. Door etiquette has it that if one part of the door is open, that is not considered “open doors” (peek but do not enter), but if both sides of the door are open, we are welcome to explore behind the walls.

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All Saints Day in Guatemala, A Photographic Essay

All Saints Day in Guatemala, A Photographic Essay by Geovin Morales

In Guatemala Día de Todos Los Santos (All Saints Day) is celebrated on November 1 and Día de Los Fieles Difuntos (Day of the Dead) on November 2. For these holidays Guatemalans prepare a very special once-a-year meal that goes by the name of fiambre. Guatemalans also spend time with the family at the cemetery remembering their dead. They also […]

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Halloween Night in Antigua Guatemala

Halloween Night in Antigua Guatemala by Nelo Mijangos

Here’s a photographic gallery of Halloween Night in Antigua Guatemala at the different venues and at Calle del Arco where locals and visitors alike dressed up in costumes. There were many people that came from Guatemala City and abroad, the streets were filled with trick-a-treaters who were having a great time on the streets of Antigua Guatemala or one of […]

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Mil Flores Luxury Design Hotel abre sus puertas con historia, encanto y exclusividad

Mil Flores Luxury Design Hotel forma parte de La Casa de las Mil Flores en La Antigua Guatemala, una edificación del siglo XVI que conserva su arquitectura, con un ambiente de diseño único y una decoración sin precedente La Antigua Guatemala, 29 de agosto de 2012.- Ubicado a 300 metros de la entrada principal a la Ciudad de La Antigua […]

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