We traveled to Guatemala in 1999 for a meeting of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, Board of Directors, on which I had the honor of serving. The meeting was held in Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua is an exquisite colonial city with a beautiful square, charming hotels, terrific restaurants, shops, and crafts markets, and several excellent language schools where people come from far and wide for Spanish immersion classes. The IPPF meeting was held at the magnificent El Convento Boutique Hotel. Colibrí, a delightful shop off the main square, sells traditional back-strap-loom textiles prepared by a local women’s cooperative; I still cherish the colorful, hand-loomed tablecloth I bought there.
In addition to our time in Antigua, we traveled to:
- Tikal, the largest excavated site in the American continent fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya civilization–Guatemala’s most famous cultural and natural preserve, Tikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Lake Atitlan, a beautiful lake with spectacular views and a charming town with craft shops
- Chichicastenango, a bustling market with a large variety of daily goods and local crafts