Thursday, March 21, 2013

Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua was founded in 1543 and served as the seat of Spain's colonial government. Much ruin was brought to Antigua by volcano eruption, and Spanish Crown ordered the relocation of the colonial government to the now Guatemala. We spent three days in Antigua and visited a bunch of places: a jade factory, a home visit, a school visit after taking a ride on a chicken bus, churches, and museums (a Maya art museum, a coffee museum, a silver museum), and a macadamia farm.

A view of Antigua from a hill nearby our hotel. The mountain in the distance is one of the volcanoes.
 When we are in town, we observed one volcano puffing:
The school visit:
The home hosted lunch:
 A few examples of the art of Maya:
 The above exhibit was shown in this colonial building being renovated:
I rode in a tuc tuc in Antigua:

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