Antigua

As I write this I find myself in a great little bar overlooking the main square in Antigua. A bottle of the national beer, Gallo, runs about $2. I have been taking everyone’s advice not to drink the water and so find myself frequenting these local establishments every time I am thirsty which in this hot climate turns out to be quite frequent.
Antigua is the ancient capital of Guatemala. For over 200 years, from 1543 to 1773, it was the most important city in Central America. A devastating earthquake in 1773 resulted in moving the Capital to Guatemala City a year later. The city was supposed to be evacuated and abandoned, but it managed to survive and is now a World Heritage site.

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