Guide To New Year’s Eve in Antigua Guatemala

Even though I’ve been in and out of Guatemala for the better part of almost three years, there are traditions I’ve never encountered before and some which I still don’t fully understand. As part of Antigua’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, there were two such events I was looking forward to watching: The Baile de Moros[…]

Christmas in Guatemala

  Guatemala is a very diverse country with more than 20 ethnic groups. Each of them has their own special traditions for celebrating Christmas. On December 7th at 6pm an unusual customs called ‘La Quema del Diablo’ (The Burning of the Devil) takes place, where an effigy (model) of the devil/Satan burnt. The 8th December[…]

Carnival in Guatemala

In Guatemala on Tuesday of Carnival is celebrated by many children and young people in schools, and it is a celebration of much joy and joy. Young people usually go to classes with costumes, confetti, colored streamers and popular shells. The celebration consists in breaking the shells that are full of confetti or pica-pica, in[…]

Learn Spanish in Our Hotel

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[…]

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They âre all over the country this season, their bright colors in markets, gardens, on tables and along roadsides. And they belong here, more than we do. Zinnias are native, a kind of sunflower, related to daisies, native through Central America and Mexico and up into the Southwestern United States. They’re officially zinnia americanas, according to[…]

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A Rare and Exquisite National Symbol Monja Blanca. photo by Ludwing Paniagua Everyone loves orchids! Originating 60 million years ago in the temperate zones of Asia and the Americas, orchids have the widest range of flowers and color of any plant family. Guatemala is home to one of the largest varieties of orchids in the[…]

A New History for La Antigua Guatemala

With the recent “discovery” of the “El Libro Segundo del Cabildo (1530-1541) de Santiago de Guatemala,” historians lit up with enthusiasm! Cover of the second book of Cabildo (1530-1541) de Santiago de Guatemala (courtesy of the Hispanic Society of America, New York) Guatemala’s historians continue to rewrite the past. With many libraries and collections now[…]

The Cobblestones of La Antigua

A characteristic of the colonial appearance of La Antigua is the cobblestones, as it is the way in which the Spanish Crown imposed for its public spaces as a measure of health and adornment. Thanks to these cobblestones, La Antigua is considered one of the first planned cities of America – because it was the[…]

Festival Gastronómico de Sacatepéquez

The culinary community of La Antigua Guatemala is ready to show off its magnificent talent when the eighth annual edition of the Sacatepéquez Gastronomic Festival arrives this month. It includes the participation of many culinary virtuosos from the cities and villages of the departamento. Thanks to the efforts of the Municipal Government of La Antigua[…]

Angel’s Trumpet

At first sight, they are enchanting. My first encounter with one of these trees was at an evening party hosted at a private finca. The reception was large and boisterous, making it easy to steal away and explore the grounds. In a side garden lit with twinkling lights strung up on stone walls, grew a tree[…]