La Antigua Guatemala

La Antigua as referred to by locals and visitors is a colonial jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was capital of the Spanish Kingdom in the New World which extended from today's Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, South to Costa Rica. The city is a favorite among Chapines (as Guatemalan people are commonly called) and visitors from all over the world, many of whom find it so difficult to leave the charm and beauty of La Antigua that they end up making it their permanent home. Definitely, no visit to Guatemala would be complete without spending at least a few days in Antigua to walk it's cobblestone streets, photograph the arches, fountains, churches and buildings, eat at world-class restaurants and enjoy the company of the friendly "panza verde" people (story goes that Antigua locals used to eat too many avocados, thus the term "green belly").

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