Antigua, Guatemala is more like an outdoor museum than a living city, overloaded with colonial Spanish architecture, yellow-ochre-blue walls, tiny specialty shops full of artwork, paintings and local jewelry, touristic but charming cafes serving quiche or dark chocolate drinks and dozens of old church ruins–and functioning ones as well–rough cobblestone roads constantly under repair, high-end and low-end hotels. It is clearly a destination place for locals and foreigners, for craftsmen, laborers, big spending visitors and Mayan vendors. At the core is Central Park with its dribbling mermaid fountain surrounded by palatial arcaded buildings, a downsized wedding-cake cathedral and horse-drawn carriage taxis. The whole place looks like a movie set for an Ivory-Merchant film of genteel by-gone Latin American life.

 

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Guatemala - Antigua - Entry to Cafe Condese on the
Guatemala - Antigua - Entry to Cafe Condese on the Central P...
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Guatemala, Antigua - old church ruin
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Nim Pot is a big arts and crafts store in
Nim Pot is a big arts and crafts store in Antigua featuring...
Nim Pot is a big arts and crafts store in
Nim Pot is a big arts and crafts store in Antigua featuring...
Gautemalan crafts
Gautemalan crafts...
Mexican carnival figures
Mexican carnival figures...
Along one wall in the Nim Pot store are strange
Along one wall in the Nim Pot store are strange 'primitive' ...
Close-up of a panel showing two men embracing with gratitude
Close-up of a panel showing two men embracing with gratitude...
Rough translation of the text: I give thanks to San Sebastian
Rough translation of the text: I give thanks to San Sebastia...
Rough translation of the text: I give to the virgin of
Rough translation of the text: I give to the virgin of Guada...
Native impressionist art
Native impressionist art...