Patron Saint Festival In Antigua Guatemala

Did you know La Antigua Guatemala, literally meaning “Ancient Guatemala”,  is not the city’s original name? Antigua’s full name is… get ready because it’s a mouthful… La Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, or “The Very Noble and Very Loyal City of Saint James of the Knights ofContinue reading “Patron Saint Festival In Antigua Guatemala”

Alotenango Guatemala: Living At The Foot Of Fuego Volcano

***If you’re looking for coverage of Fuego’s volcanic eruption on June 4, read this post*** Meet Alotenango, a Guatemalan town located nine miles southwest of Antigua and nestled between two volcanoes, one of which is active, Volcan Fuego – literally “Fire Volcano”. Fuego Volcano in the backdrop at Alotenango Because of Alotenango’s close proximity toContinue reading “Alotenango Guatemala: Living At The Foot Of Fuego Volcano”

Things to Do in Antigua Guatemala: Holy Week Children Processions

It’s that time of the year again. Antigua’s religious processions are famous the world over, so this is as good a time as any to visit. Of all the processions, my favorite ones are procesiones infantiles or children’s processions. They have all the pageantry and formality of other processions, but children are so much moreContinue reading “Things to Do in Antigua Guatemala: Holy Week Children Processions”

Holy Week Photos: Antigua Guatemala Processions – Part 2

As I mentioned last Friday on my first post about Antigua Guatemala processions, there are a number of smaller processions carried out before the really big ones on Easter Weekend. Out of the earlier ones, my favorite ones are definitely children’s processions. They carry all the pomp, costumes, and solemnity of all the other ones, butContinue reading “Holy Week Photos: Antigua Guatemala Processions – Part 2”

Good Friday Procession: La Merced Church

One of the most interesting events I have seen during my travels is the annual Easter Week religious processions in Antigua Guatemala. There are others, notably in Mexico and Spain, but it can be argued that Antigua’s have the best overall displays. Antigua’s beautiful colonial building make for a colorful background, which definitely contributes to theContinue reading “Good Friday Procession: La Merced Church”