Photo: Michael Swiggart Chichicastenango, also known as Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, is a town in the El Quiché department of Guatemala, known for its traditional K’iche’ Maya culture. The Spanish conquistadors gave the town its name from the Nahuatl name used by their soldiers from Tlaxcala: Tzitzicaztenanco, or City of Nettles. Its original name was Chaviar.Chichicastenango …

Referendum scheduled in Belize

Belize Flag The Government of Belize has set the date for the referendum when Belize will decide whether or not to take the dispute arising from Guatemala’s claim to the ICJ for final settlement. The referendum will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Key Links Embedded Tweets PRESS RELEASEThe Government of Belize …


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Photo: Michael Swiggart Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 m above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. In the space of under three centuries the city, which …