Wanderlust Wednesday: Antigua, Guatemala
This week we're dreaming of Antigua in the central highlands of Guatemala. This romantic colonial town has beautiful historic architecture and ruins, lush green vegetation, and three volcanoes. Antigua sits at a 5,000 ft elevation, and has a mild climate that never dips below 50F or above 80F, which led to its nickname, "City of the Eternal Spring."
Founded in 1543, Antigua was once the capital of Central America, and the city reigned supreme until 1717, when a powerful earthquake destroyed more than 3,000 buildings. Following another devastating earthquake in 1773, the Spanish government decided to relocate the capital to the present-day location of Guatemala City in 1776, and the city came to be known as La Antigua Guatemala, which translates to "ancient Guatemala."
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