Antigua, Guatemala: the good, bad and ugly sides to the Central American city for tourists

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The GoodSeptember 15 is Guatemala Independence Day. Celebrations get off to a flying start with the Running of the Torch, an Olympic flame-style relay that takes place on the 14th. Then the revelry begins in earnest, with parades, marching bands, dancing and the obligatory fireworks displays. The festi­vities carry on long into the night, fuelled by high spirits and Guatemalan spirits. Quezalteca is the firewater of choice in these parts.Antigua (not to be confused with the island that is part…

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