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Surrounded by volcanoes in the central highlands region of Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala is affectionately referred to as "Antigua" or "la Antigua". Famous for its iconic Spanish colonial buildings that were restored after a 1773 earthquake destroyed the city's 200-year reign as the country's colonial capital. The city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site that will have history buffs wetting their pants or doing a happy dance. Home to the Semana Santa holy week of rituals and parades, Antigua was the first capital of the country founded in 1524. From Franciscan friars to Spanish conquistadors, Antigua is considered to be one of the finest agricultural enclaves in the whole country with tourism its main economy, plus its coffee producing region of Anacafe. This is the destination for those wishing to learn Spanish through total immersion and there are plenty of language schools in the city to help in that endeavor. Its population of about 34,685 residents can be found hanging out in its eclectic cafes appreciating the local coffee in all shapes and forms, gorging on a traditional Guatemalan breakfast of refried beans, fried egg and fresh cheese or bunkering down in a coworking venue getting creative.
Antigua may not be a tech hub per se, but it does have a number of innovative minds and intrepid souls with laptops in their backpacks hanging around its cobblestoned streets. Its ecosystem may be in its infancy, but it's growing at such a rate that the country may soon be seen as one of the most promising tech hubs in Latin America. Guatemala is actually home to some awesome entrepreneur success stories such as Matias Tezano who founded hoteles.com that was one of the first online reservation sites targeting Spanish speaking Internet users. He subsequently sold this to Expedia in 2002 for big bucks when he was only 22. Since then he has been involved in more than 20 startups, as an angel investor or founder.
Guatemala has a large English speaking population, a huge talent pool and is within close proximity to the United States and Mexico, 2 giants. Its tech savvy souls are hungry for growth and ready to make an impact. Coworking venues are creating the space to support the local entrepreneurs not just with somewhere to put down their laptops, but with the organization of meetups, conferences, programs and creating an ecosystem that is more connected.
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