Antigua Guatemala

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I recently traveled to Antigua Guatemala in Central America. I was touched by the warm welcome of the people, the architecture, food and nature.

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Maya textiles are made by Maya peoples, indigenous peoples of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize. Their textiles are a significant form of ancient Maya art and religious beliefs.

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The people of Antigua Guatemala were warm and friendly. They take pride in their land, their families and rich culture.

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Antigua was built in the early 16th century. It was largely destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1773. With many original buildings still standing, it is well known for its Spanish Baroque influence and Colonial churches.

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The food in Antigua is an art in itself. The history of Guatemala is often recognized in three stages: the Mayan Empire, Spanish rule, and the modern republic. All three have had a positive influence on Guatemalan cuisine.

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Rich, dark & fragrant….Guatemalan coffee. The communities have been devoted to coffee cultivation for over 150 years.

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Antigua Guatemala is 5,000 Feet above sea level. It is surrounded by mountains and is breathtaking. With average daily temperatures in the 70s and 80s, it is beautiful year round!