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Guatemala is a country located in Central America, with Mexico to the north
and west, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Honduras and El Salvador to
the east. It has 22 districts including Guatemala City.
Guatemala often called "The country of Eternal Spring" because
it offers an excellent climate. You can enjoy both cool (60º F) and
warm (90º F) climates no more than 200 kilometers apart. We have beaches
about one and one half hours away from Guatemala City with summer weather.
Guatemala famous for its majestic volcanoes and pristine mountain lakes,
also offers the visitor an opportunity to explore verdant tropical forests,
black volcanic beaches and towering mountains. Guatemalan history dates
back to the time of the ancient Mayan civilization and students can explore
many archaeological sites throughout the country. Tikal the Mayan capital
during the classic period, often described as one of the most spectacular,
yet mysterious wonders of the world. Guatemala was founded in 1524 as the
capital of the Spanish colonial government in Central America. Some cities
and the towns still maintain a colonial Spanish Ambience. Antigua, Guatemala
the most important city, often referred to as the "Colonial Monument
Antigua, Guatemala is a Spanish colonial Town. Some of our churches, places,
and buildings are now ruins because they were destroyed by an earthquake
in 1773. Antigua has become the most important tourist center in Central
America It is a peaceful and relaxing place to study Spanish.
Antigua has mild, comfortable weather. It is usually warm during the day
(75º F). From May to October we have winter with mild rains.
The city located 45 kms. from Guatemala City. Antigua, a city surrounded
by small villages inhabited mostly by indigenous people.
Antigua, with it's buildings, squares and ruins, is considered a universal
historic cultural site. That was first recognized on March 30, 1944 when
the Legislative Assembly of the state of Guatemala declared Antigua a National
Monument. In 1979 UNESCO declared it a World Cultural Patrimony.
The Antigúeño Baroque style developed it's character immediate
after the earthquakes of 1717 and peaked by the earthquakes of 1773. This
was the period of maximum architectural creation.
Typical elements of the Antigueno Baroque period are: the decorative use
of stucco, cobblestone streets, projecting stone balconies with wrought
iron railings, ornamental fountains in the squares and in the interior of
buildings, bucaros in private houses, churches with a quadrilateral floor
plan, carved stone heraldic devices, vaulted chapel ceilings. This is Antigua.
To be in Antigua, is an extraordinary experience. Constantly seeing each
element of the city active or at rest, driven by a wonderful network of
stones, a mosaic that, jealously interlaces squares, fountains, houses,
parks, convents, churches, and finally ends at the ruins. These and the
three volcanoes (Agua, Fuego and Acatenango) are the main components of
the majesty of Antigua, Guatemala.
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