This extraordinary photograph taken in Antigua Guatemala precisely depicts the beauty of the location. Wtih extraordinary contrast of colors, accentuated by the photo retouching, lights, with the clouds to obscure the sun, landscapes and feelings, with the peace of a walk in the country and the lingering violence potential looming with the volcano. The volcano is the Volcan de Agua, 3.600 meters above sea level surrounded by a thick blanket of clouds called the Kaqchikel by descendants of the ancient Maya, called Monte dei Fiori. Hunapú as it was called by the conquistadors, erupted in 1541 destroying the former capital of Guatemala.
Antigua Guatemala Rustic Beauty
Antigua Guatemala Panorama
Antigua Guatemala Distant Volcano
Under the Volcano is Antigua Guatemala or Old Guatemala, founded just after the great destruction. It is one of the capitals of the Spanish Empire in the Americas, now in decline but with many churches protected by UNESCO as examples, though barely hanging, of what was once the baroque Hispanic American style.
Antigua Guatemala Precise Depiction
Antigua Guatemala Cathedral
Antigua as it is now commonly called is located about 45 km from Guatemala City, the modern capital. Given the current situation of the country it is not advisable to make do with public transport but hire a van with a driver. It would be much more comfortable and safer and not that much more expensive.
Antigua Guatemala Church
Antigua Guatemala Cathedral Sunset
Antigua photos: pabesfu, sharnik, szeke, brj inc, Jorge Ortiz J, Edgar de Lean.