Activities in Antigua!

Caoba Farms! This farm is peculiar, since it is dedicated to the cultivation of organic and natural foods. It is an organic garden that distributes products to restaurants, hotels and individual families. They have home delivery in Antigua and the capital. You can also visit them to learn about their planting areas and organic food.[…]

Lear Spanish!!

Enjoy good value tuition with your own teacher! Study using tailor made exercises, engaging in leisurely conversation and games. After school, your host family spoils you. You’re in good hands. We offer Space in our hotel , for students who want to learn Spanish in Continental Spanish Academy. In 2 weeks you can learn enough[…]

Rivers at Risk in Guatemala

Across the northern indigenous hinterlands of Guatemala people are up in arms. You may have heard about it. They are up in arms over the companies involved in damming and mining—particularly hydroelectric projects; over their questionable business practices; deficit of environmental concern; and lack of respect for community well-being and consent, putting rivers at risk.[…]

The Friday Band

The central parks of various cities in Guatemala are the heart of community life. These spaces are used by people of all ages, both young and old. Sometimes teenagers can be seen at La Antigua’s Parque Central, meeting with friends and walking around the park again and again while having animated conversations with their friends.One[…]

Where do pashtes come from?

In a cattle ranch – located on the border between Puerto Iztapa and Taxisco, Santa Rosa and an hour and a half from La Antigua – there is a small plantation (considering the size of the farm) of three and a half acres of pashtes, Mayan luffas or Loofah. To learn more about the process[…]

Guatemala Independence Day

Following almost 300 years of Spanish colonial rule (1523-1821), Guatemala, unsurprisingly and justifiably, takes great delight in celebrating its annual Independence Day with true Latin American passion. Held on 15th September, the countrywide festivities reveal the undeniable patriotism of a nation proud to have overcome such a turbulent history. Small in size Guatemala may be compared to neighboring[…]

San Jerónimo Convent

The San Jerónimo school had a short and somewhat tumultuous existence. Built between 1739 and 1757, the school was closed down by Spanish King Carlos III because it lacked his royal approval. From 1765 until 1773 (when it was destroyed by earthquakes), the former school served as the royal customs house. Although the guidebook I[…]

Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Sacatepéquez. According to the 2002 Guatemalan Census, the municipality has a total of 25,696 people. Ciudad Vieja was the second site of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, the colonial capital of the country. San Miguel Escobar is the modern name for the district that contains the ruins of the second colonial capital[…]

The Cathedral Restoration in La Antigua

The works include three phases: restoration of the side and back facades;  new exterior lighting and fumigating/waterproofing the roofs; and new sidewalks. Workers on scaffolding restoring the Cathedral (Luis Toribio) A fabulous restoration project is currently underway on the centuries-old cathedral in Antigua! We are so excited, as this part of the 1680 building has[…]