Antigua Guatemala – Photo Essay

Antigua Guatemala – Photo Essay

I already told you how much I love Antigua Guatemala.  While selecting images for the previous post, I had a hard time choosing the few ones I wanted to show.  I felt like I couldn’t let all that love concentrated in a single post, so I decided to give a chance to a few more great shots that show the character of this small town I came to love so quick.   Hope you enjoy them too!

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The sights and character of Antigua…

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Volcan de Agua as a background of the city of Antigua
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The beautiful cobblestone streets lined with one story colorful colonial structures.
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Horse carriages… Don’t you love em?
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La Merced Cathedral. Look at the intricate details in the columns and central facade.
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Santa Catarina Bridge and Clock. This is one of the most recognizable icons in Antigua. A popular meeting point since it is next to the open space in front of La Merced Cathedral.
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Parque Central is the heart of the city. A great place to rest and to people watch.

The ruins that tell a history…

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One of the beautiful ruined facade.
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A typical sight in Antigua. Many of the city blocks are filled with ruins of old churches and convents.
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The rear entrance of San Jeronimo Ruins. This is one of the biggest ruin complex in Antigua.
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Even ruined buildings like the Cathedral of San Francisco are still used this day. A Lent mass is being performed outside the cathedral.
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The city was filled with Lent celebration. Here they are doing a service in front of the doors of San Francisco Cathedral
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The Antigua Cathedral was partially restored, but behind the restored facade and nave you can see the remains of the old structure.

The people that bring life to the city…

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A typical sight in the city. Locals walking and riding their horses next to the Central Park.
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A common sight in Antigua. Farmers and locals riding their horses or carrying goods on them.
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A picturesque sight.
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A typical sight. Working mothers carrying their babies.
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A cowboy!

The night… Illuminating!

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During the night, The Antigua Cathedral is one of the most beautifully lit buildings in the city.
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Even during the night the Central Park fountain is a beautiful sight.


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27 thoughts on “Antigua Guatemala – Photo Essay”

    1. Thanks! There were so many moments I wished I had my camera ready… It happens a lot! There are so many women carrying those baskets in their head. It’s so typical and characteristic of Antigua and so many small town in Guatemala.

    2. I hate Antigua Guatemala

      I don’t like woman being carrying those baskets on their head I wish the government can do something about it and support more women’s because they really need hel

      1. I’m not against women support, but what does carrying a basket on their head has to do with it? Do you really know why they carry the baskets on their heads? This is part of their culture and it is actually a proper way to physically carry something with your body strength, from head to toes. This happens in a lot of cultures, and again, it has nothing to do with lack of government support towards women. They are carrying on their heads because they want to, not because they are forced to. Should they want to, they can carry it on their backs, arms, or any other carrying instrument or vehicle they could develop with what little means they might have.

        FYI, if you “hate Antigua Guatemala” because of this, you’re really missing the point. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I found it so inspiring to photograph people in their daily life chores. It tells so much about the city and their lifestyle.

    1. Thanks Christy! I like those too, a lot! God, there were so many opportunities to take good pictures in Antigua. At every single corner there was someone interesting or something happening that made me want to shoot it.

  1. Looks amazing. We have some friends who spend a lot of time in Guatemala and they are always telling us we need to get Antigua.

  2. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    Gorgeous shots! I really like all the ones in the “people” section – you did a great job of capturing folks in their environment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Christy! Those are some of my favorite too. It was so easy and common to see locals doing their daily chores. So culturally rich and traditional. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Look at these amazing city, who won’t fall in love with it? I love the old charm with pastel colors houses. so nice.

    1. So charming-looking, right? I too love the pastel colors over the plastered walls and the mixed texture it creates when the sun hits it in different angles.

  4. Love the pictures! I know these streets very well…I have spent a lot of time in Antigua and it is truly a magical place. Thanks!

  5. Ver nice!! Guatemala is magical…I went there for a day (Antigua). I love your blog btw (design). – from a fellow Matador blogger!

    1. Hi Lily! Indeed it is magical! I look forward to return since I loved it so much!

      Thanks, great to see a fellow MatadorU alumni around. ๐Ÿ™‚

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