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Antigua Travel Guide

Antigua Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Antigua? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Earthquake!

Throughout history, quakes large and small have ravaged Guatemala, a nation that forms part of the seismically active "Ring of Fire" encircling...

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Something Old, Something New

Antigua's colonial magnificence disappeared in one day in 1773 following a massive earthquake. With the move of the capital to nearby Guatemala...

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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...

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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...

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