Kaqchikel Maya Dancers at Parque Central in Antigua Guatemala

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This event took place in August, 2014. It is a traditional dance of the #Kaqchikel Maya who live in the area surrounding Antigua, Guatemala and other parts of this Central American land.

See more about things to do here by clicking Antigua Guatemala.

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Mezcal Soup, Only at Cafe No Se in Antigua, Guatemala

Where else but Cafe No Se can you get a bowl of Mezcal Soup for lunch?

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This shadowy den on the Lower East Side of Antigua is also home of Ilegal Mezcal, a custom #mescal made in Oaxaca by #Cafe No Se and distributed in the United States as well as Guatemala.

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The Only Real #Mexican Food in #Antigua Guatemala is at

El Faro, which serves tacos with Cochinata Pibil, a Yucatecan pork dish. (Yeah, I know, tacos are not real Mexican food or even Tex-Mex, having been invented by Mexican farm workers in Arizona). Cochinata Pibil is like pulled pork that’s been marinated the same way the ancient Maya did at Chichen Itza. Very tasty and only Q30, but very little meat.

More of El Faro’s Mexican Food

El Faro has two kinds of Mexican potato dishes, Papas Tampiquena and Papas Oaxaquenas, with I plan to try on my next visit to Antigua. Also the Chilaquilas, which are called Faro Encantado on the breakfast menu and cost only Q18. Lots of other good breakfasts too.

Though the chilaquiles at Los Cebollines are more like a nachos with cheese platter than true chilaquiles, this expensive restaurant offers a few dishes with Pollo con Mole Poblana that is supposed to follow an authentic recipe from the nuns of Santa Clara in Oaxcaa. This is an earthy and aromatic dish that is currently the only authentic Mexican meal in Antigau.. (Whatever it is they serve at Frida’s does not even qualify as Tex-Mex, let alone authentic Mexican food.)

Might as well have a shot of Ilegal Mezcal while I’m in Antigua, at Cafe No Se or another local bar.

Where’s the Mexican Food and Mezcal in La Antigua?


El Faro is a block or so north of Parque Central on the left side of Calle 4.
Los Cebollines is around the corner from Reilly’s Tavern on Avenide 6.
Cafe No Se is on First Avenue, across from El Hostal.

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La Antigua Guatemala Site de Viajes Ya de Espanol

The travel site about La Antigua that we like most about is being translated into Spanish.
See this link for the Spanish version.

See this link for the same travel site in English.

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Jungle Party Hostel and Restaurant

After remodeling, Jungle Party hostel in Antigua Guatemala is one of the leading Antigua hostels on the west side of town. The restaurant has gourmet pizza by the slice or whole pizza, salads and sandwiches, juices and breakfast (guests get a discount on breakfast).

For more info on Antigua Guatemala hostels, restaurants and bars, see LaAntiguaGuatemala.

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Safety in Antigua: Citywide Surveillance System Being Installed

Sixty videocameras are being placed around Antigua, Guatemala, and should be surveilling away by high season. Last year saw just 19 assaults on tourists, but authorities want to bring that number down in 2014. Even with increased security, it’s always good to  pay attention to your surroundings no matter where you are. Many bars and restaurants have had their own cameras in place, outdoors and inside, for several years.

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Find the Secret Message in this Rare Lava Bar Logo

It’s probably got to do with one of those conspiracy theories, or maybe Ancient Aliens.

Antigua boasts lots of bars, but Lava Bar serves the biggest Fishbowls.

Lava Bar in Antigua, Guatemala.

Leave a comment if you discover the secret message.

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Weekly Poker Game in La Antigua

 Pappy’s BBQ hosts a  Texas Hold ’em cash game every Wednesday at 8 PM. Q50 buy-in. No word on whether it is No Limit or Limit.

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Tonight at Ocelot Bar – New Orleans Piano Night

Nelson Lunding plays New Orleans-style piano at the Ocelot Bar on tonight, May 21, 2014! Special on White and Black Russians, only at The Ocelot Bar in Antigua Guatemala.

Live music in Antigua Guatemala at clubs from Reillys Tavern to Ocelot Bar to Cafe No Se. Nelson Lunding plays around Antigua.

Nelson Lunding plays New Orleans-style piano around Antigua Guatemala.

Nelson plays at other local bars too, in case you miss him tonight. Find out more about Live Music and Bars in Antigua Guatemala.

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Fresh Eruptions at Volcan Fuego near Antigua

Activity has been on the upswing for the past week, and it’s beginning to look as if this will continue.

When Volcan Fuego erupts outside La Antigua Guatemala, it puts on a dazzling fireworks show at night.

Volcan Fuego Erupts, as seen from Antigua (a previous eruption)

If visiting La Antigua soon, the best time for photos is after dark. See Volcan Fuego Erupts for the latest updates.

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