Photographer's Note

if you enjoy colours and photos like this, you must visit la Antigua Guatemala. not "should , but "must", the place looks like a toytown built from colouful Lego cubes. or, as Lonely Planet puts it, "this is a fantasyland - what a country would look like if the Scandinavians came in and took over for a couple of years".

we had only a couple hours in Antigua before we had to leave for volcano Pacaya, but I still got the taste of the place, and even if it is very, very touristy, I'd love to go back.

La Antigua Guatemala means the "Old Guatemala" and was the third capital of Guatemala, founded by Spanish conquistadors on 10 March 1543. for more than 200 years it served as the seat of the military governor of the Spanish colony of Guatemala, a large region that included almost all of present-day Central America and the southernmost State of Mexico: Chiapas. in 1566 King Felipe II of Spain gave it the title of "Muy Noble y Muy Leal" ("Very Noble and Very Loyal").

on 29 September 1717, an estimated 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Antigua Guatemala, and destroyed over 3,000 buildings. much of the city's architecture was ruined. the damage the earthquake did to the city made authorities consider moving the capital to another city.

RAW, ISO 200,40mm focal length, spot metering.

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