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Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala: An Unforgettable Celebration

Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala is one of the most beautiful, intense, outlandish, inspiring, and overwhelming events you will ever experience. Semana Santa is the Spanish translation for Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. In a tradition introduced by the Spanish imperialists, Latin American churches host elaborate processions and celebrations during every day of Semana Santa. Nowhere in Central America are the … Continue reading Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala: An Unforgettable Celebration

Ataco: El Salvador’s Cartoon Town

After my day of relaxation in Juayua, I was itching to explore more of the country. I decided to spend my last night in the country in Ataco, El Salvador, another small town on the picturesque Ruta de las Flores. Ataco is famous for its unique, cartoon murals. The town is characterized by large swatches of wall decorated with big-eyed, brightly-colored people and animals. I … Continue reading Ataco: El Salvador’s Cartoon Town

Masaya, Nicaragua’s Festival of Costumed Dogs

The single funniest, strangest, and cutest religious ceremony/party I have ever experienced takes place every year in Masaya, Nicaragua. The Sunday before Holy Week, Nicaraguans travel to Masaya from all over the country to have their dogs blessed at the Mass of San Lรกzaro (Saint Lazarus). The celebration consists of an early mass, a day-long street fair complete with food, alcohol, and dancing, and a … Continue reading Masaya, Nicaragua’s Festival of Costumed Dogs