Antigua Guatemala

martes, 11 de marzo de 2014

Antigua Guatemala es una ciudad en las montañas centrales de Guatemala, así como de los volcanes (Agua, Fuego y Acatenango) que la rodean, famosa por su bien preservada arquitectura barroca española del Nuevo Mundo, así como un gran número de espectaculares ruinas de iglesias. Ha sido designada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por laUNESCO en 1979. 
Una alfombra temporal en la calle central de Antigua Guatemala (Semana Santa de 1980)
Ciudad colonial que aún conserva edificaciones del siglo XVI y que puede ser recorrida a pie a través de sus ancestrales calles empedradas; tercera fundación de la Ciudad de Guatemala, fue fundada el 10 de marzo de 1543 con el nombre original de Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, sirvió como la capital colonial española de Centroamérica; se le conoce como "Ciudad de las perpetuas rosas" y a sus habitantes como "panzas Verdes".
En 1773 sufrió dos graves terremotos conocidos como terremotos de Santa Marta que destruyeron gran parte de la ciudad. La Corona Española ordenó la reconstrucción de la ciudad en un lugar más seguro, en lo que hoy es la Ciudad de Guatemala, la capital actual de Guatemala localizada a poco más de 40 kilómetros. En 1776 la ciudad gravemente dañada fue ordenada abandonada, pero no todos se fueron.
En la actualidad Antigua es notoria por sus celebraciones 
religiosas muy elaboradas para la Semana Santa, que precede a la Pascua.
Hay también muchas escuelas de idioma español en Antigua; es uno de los lugares más populares en América Latina adonde losestadounidenses europeos acuden para estudiar español.
Antigua es la capital del departamento de 
Sacatepéquez, en ella sobreviven restos de lo que fue la Tercera Universidad de América, la Universidad de San Carlos de Borromeo, fundada por Real Cédula de Carlos II, de fecha 31 de enero de 1676. Los estudios universitarios aparecen en Guatemala desde mediados del siglo XVI, cuando el primer obispo del reino de Guatemala, Licenciado Don Francisco Marroquín, funda el Colegio Universitario de Santo Tomás, en el año de 1562, para becados pobres; con las cátedras de filosofía, derecho y teología.

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The Famous Guatemala Antigua Coffee
By Chris Cornel
In the high altitudes of lies the origin of Antigua Coffee. This perfectly situated growing land is 3000 feet above sea level and located between three volcanoes. These volcanoes have indirectly contributed to the minerals and nutrients of the land around them, making them the ideal place to cultivate coffee plants. The taste of the coffee is smooth, mild and the flavor is balanced by the chocolaty touch present in the coffee. Some of the coffee lovers find the bitterness of this coffee a bit too high but most of them are fascinated by the fragrance of cocoa in it.

The coffee plants are grown in shades on high altitude in the Guatemalan Highlands. Large trees provide shade to the coffee plants and prolong the period of growth. The plants will slowly mature underneath the natural shade and it adds flavor and richness to the coffee beans produced. The climate greatly affects the harvesting and production as the harvesters are still implementing traditional farming methods. The price of this coffee fluctuates depending on the weather and quality of the beans. Farmers are dedicated and they will not compromise their quality for quantity.

After hand picking out the matured beans from the estates,

they are roasted to full flavor perfection according to the right temperature for different roasts. Roasted coffee is available in medium to dark roasts. The processes of making coffee are carefully controlled in order to produce high graded beans and people in are still dedicated to their traditional ways to produce coffee. Due to superb quality control, Antigua Coffee is considered as very rare in the market because their production is limited.

They best way to brew this coffee is by using the coffee press method, accompanied by biscotti or croissants to further bring out the cocoa flavor in it. It ends with a smoky flavor with a hint of spiciness, making it so special yet perfect for rainy days. This coffee has a velvety color and is said to be one of the best coffees in the world. It is also commonly used in espresso blends for those who prefer a thicker texture.

In a nutshell, the traditional farming methods, ideal climate and location, as well as fertile soil have contributed to the making of the famous Antigua Coffee. It has been acclaimed by large prominent companies and Starbucks is one of them. Give this coffee a try, and let the strong, bold flavor surprise your taste buds!

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Top-5 Hotels In Guatemala
By Timothy Scott
By Timothy Scott, Editor of Luxury Latin America

Guatemala has long been a favorite destination for intrepid adventurers and students looking to improve their Spanish. A few notable luxury hotels have opened up in the past few years, however, and some existing hotels have brought their operations up a few notches. Upscale travelers now have somewhere fancy to lay their head in the four main Guatemalan destinations.

La Lancha
Located on a steep hillside on the shores of Lake Peten, this is the best hotel near the Maya ruins of Tikal. As a part of director Francis Ford Coppola's triumvirate of hotels (the other two are in Belize), La Lancha is a stylish and comfortable set of bungalows with calming views and a sideshow of toucans and howler monkeys. The restaurant here far exceeds any other in the area and the choices of excursions can keep any budding explorer busy for days.

Casa Palopo
With a panoramic view of dramatic Lake Atitlan, ringed by extinct volcanoes, Casa Palopo is the kind of hotel that makes you want to sit in one spot for hours, the scenery washing away all your cares. The level of artistic sophistication in this intimate hideaway is far beyond the norm for and the architecture takes full advantage of the vistas. The owner also oversees two of the best restaurants in the capital city, so guests enjoy cuisine that goes far beyond tortillas and beans. The outstanding service, impeccable attention to detail, and "room with a view" location all combine to make for a true luxury experience.

Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
For many years this was the only upscale hotel in the country aimed at leisure travelers and it is still the premier address in Antigua. With part of it built upon a convent founded in 1542, sections range from atmospheric ruins to gilded gold finery. Religious artifacts are around every turn, from the grand walkway entrance to the hallways leading

to guestrooms. A saint statue here, and alter there, and angels smiling down from the heavy rafters above. Suites are far superior to the regular rooms, and are a good value, but all rooms have a fireplace. The cuisine, which goes from basic steaks to foie gras and truffles, gets high marks from guests and local socialites and it's hard to top the historic ambiance by candlelight at night. With a large pool and two bars, this is the spot for guests looking for a big hotel experience.

El Convento Boutique Hotel
This inviting small hotel is the newest luxury offering in the center of colonial city Antigua. Six junior suites, six suites and two master suites have similar views: carved wooden doors face the inner courtyard while glass doors open to a private outside garden. All the suites have conical fireplaces and duvets on comfortable mattresses. The long list of amenities includes soft robes, a towel heater, L'Occitane toiletries, a flat screen TV, music that can be piped into the bedroom and bath, and an iPod dock. A rectangular lap pool is in a central courtyard, near the upscale Sitz restaurant. For those put off by the size and crowds of Casa Santo Domingo, this is the top choice in Antiqua.

Vista Real City
Nestled on a hillside overlooking City, the Vista Real stands above the competition in more ways than one. Although the location is removed from the center, this allows it to be a quiet and calm retreat with upscale service and amenities. From the sitdown reception with moist washcloth to the recently renovated suites with plush mattresses and duvets, this hotel piles on the pampering. The continually groomed grounds provide plenty of green walking space outside, a crescent pool is surrounded by gardens, and La Ventana restaurant is one of the most elegant spaces in town. With its strong sense of place and the feel of a hillside retreat, this is the best choice in the capital.
Timothy Scott is editor of Luxury Latin America, a guide to the best hotels and tours in Mexico, Central America, and South America. To see full reviews, go to the Guatemala Luxury Section