Things To Do In Antigua – A Video Overview
The Central American country of Guatemala is known for its lush and wild jungles. The name Guatemala means “land of trees”. With thirty-three volcanos, four of which are active, the landscape is rugged and rich in minerals. Guatemala is near the equator and receives ample rainfall and sunlight to make a fertile environment for agriculture to flourish.
Guatemala’s flag consists of two blue blocks hugging a white block in the center. The flag symbolizes the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans that hug Guatemala in the center. As the most populous country in Central America, this flag represents sixteen million residents that speak twenty-two different languages.
Things To Do In Antigua – Explore The History
The city of Antigua, Guatemala was once the capital of the country. It’s rich history spans the Mayan Empire and Spanish rule. In 1524 it was originally founded as Santiago de Guatemala. This area is prone to natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and avalanches. Through a series of natural disasters that destroyed the city multiple times authorities decided to move the capital to Guatemala City. At this time the city adapted the name it now holds, La Antigua, Guatemala which fittingly means “Ancient Guatemala”.
Things To Do In Antigua – A Land Riddled With Volcanos
Antigua is a growing tourist destination. It’s driving distance from Puerto Quetzal and the now capital, Guatemala City. The drive winds through the beautiful countryside. To the west of the city are a pair of peaks, Acatenango and the Volcán de Fuego or “Volcano of Fire”. To the south of the city is Volcán de Agua or “Volcano of Water”. If you feel like taking a hike, climbing Pacaya Volcano will give you a magnificent view of the surrounding valley.
Things To Do In Antigua – Delve Into The Cobble Stone Streets
The uneven cobble stone streets of Antigua are endearing. Sight seeing tourists must be mindful that, while watching their step, they must also beware of the bay windows that jet out into the street. These exterior ornamentations add character to this beautiful place.
The city of Antigua is one of the best examples of Latin American town planning. Straight lines established by the gird of north-south and east-west streets make it easy to navigate. Each neighborhood has its own temple, square and hospital.
Antigua Guatemala transports you in time. You feel that you are living in history.
Among the many historical buildings is the Palace of the Captains General, the Cases de al Moneda, the Cathedral, the Universidad de San Carlos, Las Capuchina, La Merced, Santa Clara and many other noteworthy sights.
Things To Do In Antigua – Guatemalan Cuisine
Guatemalan cuisine is also based on the influence of the Mayan and Spanish cultures in the region. Mayan cuisine prominently features corn tortillas which, in this area, have added limestone to increase calcium to the diet, chilies and beans are also key ingredients. The Spanish introduced ingredients such as citrus fruits, olive oil and garlic. Almost all dishes include some form of black beans, white rice and corn tortillas. Meats typically come sautéed in chili sauce or boiled in savory stews.
Many locals still make their food by hand using traditional methods. Meal time is informal, with its focal point being socializing with their community. Common crops in Guatemala include bananas, cocoa, coffee and sugar.
Falling in love with the charm of the city is one of the easiest things to do in Antigua. This is a place that I would like to spend more time in. With so many things to do in Antigua, my time here was far too short. I will be returning again soon to this magical spot.