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Filled with vestiges of its colonial past—cobblestone streets, enchanting squares, and deserted convents—Antigua, one of Latin America's loveliest cities, instantly transports you back hundreds of years to when the Spanish ruled this land. The city lost out on its role as colonial capital in the late 18th century, and yet with the reverence shown here to the past, you may think Antigüeños don't realize that era is over. No matter, La Antigua Guatemala ("the old Guatemala")—to use the city's official name—likely relishes its role as the capital of Guatemalan tourism far more.

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The old parlor game of guessing what lies behind Antigua's walls—buildings directly front sidewalks with nary a hint of what lies inside the gate—could...read more

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Antigua Restaurants

Like Guatemala City, but on a smaller scale, Antigua assembles a mix of regional and international cuisines into its restaurant scene. Few other cities...read more

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  • Top Reasons to Go

    Learn the native tongue: Antigua is one of the world's premier Spanish-study destinations. Just don't spend so much time hanging out with fellow... Read more

  • Coffee? Macadamia Nuts?

    The northern Las Verapaces is the part of the country most associated with coffee, historically and culturally, but Guatemala Antigua gets rave... Read more

  • Holy Week in Antigua

    Much of Latin America flees to the beach or the mountains for seven days of vacation during Holy Week (Semana Santa), the week preceding Easter... Read more

  • Antigua's Volcanoes

    Four volcanoes make up this region's sector of a seismic spine that runs the width of Guatemala from the Mexican to Salvadoran borders, forming... Read more

  • A Bell-Ringing Saint

    Guatemala points with pride and reverence to its very own saint, Pedro de San José Betancur (1626–67), a native of the Canary Islands who came... Read more

  • All That Glitters

    Several jade shops and factories dot the streets east of Antigua's Parque Central. Although Guatemala's best-known gem is extracted in the eastern... Read more

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