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La Antigua, Guatemala

Church ruins in La Antigua, Guatemala (cc)
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La Antigua Travel Guide

La Antigua is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the world and it has a fascinating Phoenix-like history. It has endured more earthquakes than any other city in Central America and has always been rebuilt – a testimony to how much its residents love their city. Expect to be charmed, captivated and enchanted in La Antigua.

Antigua is a city of religious architecture. At one point in time there were over 22 religious orders here and each built something to live in and something to worship in. Natural disasters may have blunted some of the original beauty, but there remains enough colonial architecture to make it one of the most beautiful cities in the Western Hemisphere.

Like any beautiful spot on earth, its popularity comes with all the associated evils. Hotels are overpriced, streets get crowded, there is just a little too too much English spoken and the locals are bored with visitors. But that aside, Antigua remains one of the loveliest spots in Central America and it’s well worth visiting.

Antigua is in Valle Panchoy (Dry Lagoon), Department of Sacatepéquez, part of Guatemala’s Central Highlands, 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Guatemala City.

Last updated November 22, 2013
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