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Personally Experiencing Semana Santa in Antigua Guatemala

Imagine being woken up at 5:30 in the morning because a marching band is outside your window, the sound of cymbals and sousaphones clanging in your ear. Only three and a half hours earlier, I had been outside, painstakingly helping my neighbors prepare an intricately designed alfombra, or “carpet” for the street.  It was Semana Santa — …

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Best Restaurants in Antigua Guatemala

It’s hard to narrow down what made me love Antigua so much. There were volcano hikes, colonial architecture, and cheap Spanish classes. And there’s the food. So much of it, from traditional meals to street food to high-end entrees that would cost a fortune at home. Over the course of multiple visits, I’ve spent more …

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Hiking Pacaya Volcano is a Must-Do in Antigua Guatemala

For years, hiking Pacaya Volcano was the #1 tour from Antigua.  Nothing’s more fun than getting up close to molten lava, especially without the rules and restrictions that most other countries apply.  But in Guatemala, you were free to poke the lava with a stick or count how long it takes for the soles of …

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An Essential Resource of Things to Do in Antigua Guatemala

While most visitors spend just 2-3 days in this compact city, I’ve visited a few times, adding up to more than three weeks in the city.  That’s given me lots of chances to try Antigua activities — most of which I’ve enjoyed! Since I was fortunate enough to explore the city thoroughly, here’s what I …

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Hiking Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala

In Antigua, it’s hard to forget that Guatemala is home to roughly 30 volcanoes.  At times, you can even hear nearby Fuego’s eruptions, echoing through the city like a crack of thunder, almost beckoning you to come closer and check it out.  To get closer, you have to hike Acatenango volcano: a strenuous trek with tremendous …

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Scenes from Semana Santa Antigua

I specifically timed my stay in Antigua to coincide with Semana Santa, the holy week directly preceding Easter.  The country as a whole celebrates the season with religious services, grand processions, and colorful street decorations, which culminate on Good Friday. Similar to how local residents are currently putting the finishing touches on their alfombras, or “carpets” made …

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