Antigua’s cultural diversity and colorful streets in photos

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua features old-world architecture and ruins that are hundreds of years old along with colorful streets and tourist sites.

ANTIGUA GUATEMALA, Guatemala — Guatemala is a country full of cultural diversity. Standing as a testimony to its rich history and culture, the streets of Antigua in Guatemala feature colorful houses and tourist sites frequented by foreigners. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua showcases old-world architecture and ruins that are hundreds of years old.

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The city has its fair share of monuments, churches, and sightseeing spots. The scenes from daily life all around give a glimpse of its cultural diversity. On the streets, you can see handicraft vendors. Dressed in their typical costumes, they walk with baskets on their heads, holding products for daily sale. Mirroring the colorful buildings of the city, most people dress up in vibrant shades and patterns.

Most women customarily carry their babies in “a tuto,” which means they are carried on their shoulders or backs. The well-known “Tuk Tuk” or motorcycle taxi, a means of transportation, does not go unnoticed in the streets of Antigua. A large number of motorcycles also take up the roads along with gentlemen selling delicious foods from carts.

All photographs by Amaranta.

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Fatima Lourdes Padilla Acosta, 23, goes by the nickname Amaranta. Armanta has worked primarily in audiovisual mediums for agencies, foundations, and on short films. She is passionate about producing documentaries and the audiovisual process around themes of social reality, human rights, and gender perspective. Armanta has worked as a camera assistant, in lighting, and photography for short films about forced motherhood in adolescents and young people, lesbian visibility, and the prevention of gender violence. She currently works as a Communicator and Audiovisual Production Consultant for the "I Control - Stop Violence" program with UN Women, the Many More Foundation, and the Spotlight Initiative.